Series Update – The Milwaukee Bucks routed the Boston Celtics 116-91 on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2001.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Khris Middleton scored 19 points and eight rebounds, with Eric Bledsoe adding 18 points.
Kyrie Irving scored 15 points for Boston in what might have been his final game with the Celtics given that he is eligible for free agency in the offseason. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Morris each added 14 points for the Celtics.
Malcolm Brogdon, who hadn’t played for the Bucks since March 15 after being sidelined by plantar fasciitis, scored 10 points in his return to the lineup and also had four assists and three rebounds.
Milwaukee Bucks will now face the winner of the Philadelphia 76ers vs Toronto Raptors series, with the Raptors currently 3-2 up heading into Game 6 on Thursday night.
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Game 5 Update – The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 113-101 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead of the series and move to within one win of their first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals since 2001.
The NBA betting odds are now firmly stacked against the Celtics, who will have to win three straight games, including two on the road, to eliminate the Bucks and take their place in the Eastern Conference Final.
Giannis Antetokounmpo once again led the way for the Bucks, finishing with 39 points and 16 rebounds.
For the Celtics, Kyrie Irving (who can become a free agent in the summer) scored 23 points with 10 assists. However, he was just 7 for 22 from the floor, including 1 for 7 from 3-point range. Al Horford added 20 points for Boston, while Marcus Morris scored 18 with 14 rebounds and Jayson Tatum scored 17 points and 10 boards.
Game 5 takes place on Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
Game 4 Update – The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-116 on Friday to take up a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Celtics led by a point at the half, but the Bucks outscored them 40-31 in the third quarter and led by 17 points at one stage in the final period.
The Bucks also outscored the Celtics 52-24 in the paint. Boston also had 18 turnovers, which led to 28 Milwaukee points. There were 53 total fouls called in the game, with 39 of them coming in the second half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points with 13 rebounds, while George Hill finished with 21 points for the Bucks and Khris Middleton added 20 points.
For the Celtics, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and Jayson Tatum added 20.
Game 4 will take place in Boston on Monday.
Game 3 Update – The Milwaukee Bucks tied their second-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics at one game apiece with a 123-102 victory Tuesday night.
The third period was the key, with the Bucks outscoring the Celtics 39-18. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 15 points in the period.
Antetokounmpo also had 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Bucks and Khris Middleton finished with 28 points. Eric Bledsoe finished with 21 points and five assists.
Marcus Morris led Boston with 17 points, Jaylen Brown had 16 and Al Horford finished with 15 for the Boston Celtics.
Game 3 of the series will take place on Friday night in Boston.
Game 2 Update – The Boston Celtics routed the Milwaukee Bucks 112-90 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Sunday.
Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and 11 assists for the Celtics, tying his NBA playoff career high, and Al Horford added 20 points and 11 rebounds.
MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points for the Bucks, shooting just 7-of-21 from the field as the Celtics clamped down on him. Khris Middleton finished with 16 points.
Although now practicing with the team, the Boston Celtics’ Point Guard Marcus Smart has been out since suffering a left oblique tear on April 7 and isn’t expected to play in Game 2 either.
Game 2 will be on Tuesday in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Bucks meet the Boston Celtics in Round 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bucks had a 4-0 sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round, which marked just the second time since 1989 that they’ve advanced beyond the first round.
The Celtics also had a sweep in the first round, beating quality opposition in the Indiana Pacers 4-0.
The teams met three times in the regular season, with the Celtics winning at home 117-113 in the first matchup. The Bucks then had a 13-point road victory in the second meeting and then also won on home-court in February by a single point.
These teams also met in the opening round of last season’s NBA playoffs, with the series going the distance before Boston closed it out in Game 7 on their home floor.
In Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have arguably the best player in the world at present. They are more than a one-man team though and have a talented roster – Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez among them – as is shown by their status as no. 1 seeds in the Eastern Conference after posting a 60-22 record in the regular season and going 33-8 on their home floor.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Betting Lines & Pick
In terms of predictions, this series could go either way, but with home-court advantage (the Celtics went just 21-20 on the road this season) and with Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Bledsoe leading the charge, the Bucks should just have enough to justify their NBA betting odds as favourites and progress.
It could go all the way to a seventh game decider though and our betting tip is for a 4-3 win for the Bucks.