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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Milwaukee Bucks||+1.5 (-110)
|O 218.5 (-110)
|Boston Celtics||-1.5 (-110)
|U 218.5 (-110)
Form is important in the NBA, especially when seeing two rivals match up. Happy to be home but facing a giant of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics will feel the pressure from a cruising Milwaukee Bucks team.
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|Milwaukee Bucks||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Mike Budenholzer||Head Coach||Ime Udoka|
|18-10 (2nd in East)||Standing||13-14 (10th in East)|
|111.0 (8th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.7 (19th of 30)|
|107.1 (7th of 30)||Def Rtg||108.0 (10th of 30)|
|99.4 (8th of 30)||Pace||97.1 (21st of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|G. Antetokounmpo (27.6)||PPG||J. Tatum (25.6)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (11.8)||RPG||J. Tatum (8.7)|
|J. Holiday (6.1)||APG||M. Smart (5.3)|
|J. Holiday (1.3)||SPG||M. Smart (2.2)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (1.7)||BPG||R. Williams (1.8)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (.534)/G. Antetokounmpo (9.8)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.741)/J. Tatum (9.0)|
|P. Connaughton (.433)/G. Allen (3.0)||3P%/3PM||G. Williams (.432)/J. Tatum (2.7)|
|Donte DiVincenzo||Milwaukee Bucks||25 Oct 2021||Out (Foot)||DiVincenzo is expected to make his season debut on Wednesday against Indiana.|
|Semi Ojeleye||Milwaukee Bucks||23 Nov 2021||Out (Calf)||Head coach Mike Budenholzer said Ojeleye will be out for “some time”.|
|Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||2 Dec 2021||Out (Back)||Lopez had surgery on his back and is out indefinitely.|
|Wesley Matthews||Milwaukee Bucks||11 Dec 2021||Out (Health & Safety)||Matthews has been placed in NBA Health & Safety protocols.|
|Josh Richardson||Boston Celtics||10 Dec 2021||Out (Health Protocols)||Richardson has been placed in NBA Health & Safety protocols.|
|Marcus Smart||Boston Celtics||12 Dec 2021||Day to Day (Illness)||Smart is listed as probably for Boston’s Monday (Dec 13) game.|
|Bruno Fernando||Boston Celtics||12 Dec 2021||Out (Back)||Fernando is out for Boston’s Monday (Dec 13) game.|
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off of a solid win over the New York Knicks. When the Bucks take on the Celtics, they’ll want a similar all-around effort.
The Celtics beat Milwaukee in their earlier meeting this season due to a fantastic all-around effort and some fortune around the Bucks’ injuries. What Milwaukee did well was limit Boston’s success shooting the ball, even if they couldn’t keep up with the scoring pace.
In this match up, the Bucks will have a much healthier complement of players. If they can carry over their recent defensive efforts while also receiving production from their stars, it’s hard to bet against the reigning NBA champions.
? Giannis Triple Double Alert!! ?
20 PTS | 10 REB | 11 AST pic.twitter.com/iEXGMKpYlX
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) December 12, 2021
The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to continue their winning streak, with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the helm. After Antetokounmpo’s fantastic play in his last game, it’s no wonder the Bucks have climbed back to second in the East.
In his last game against the Knicks, Antetokounmpo showed off his MVP calibre. In a 112-97 win over the Knicks, Antetokounmpo posted 20 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes of play.
The Bucks didn’t have the Greek Freak in their first meeting with the Celtics, there’s no doubt that he’ll be a difference-maker this time out.
The Boston Celtics are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Phoenix Suns. While Boston were blown out by 21 in their last game, they’ll need to regroup quickly against another offensively adept team in the Bucks.
A large reason for their lack of success in their last game was poor three-point shooting. The Celtics converted on just 4 of their 26 three-point attempts, and shot just 37.6% from the field overall.
If Boston wants to steal a win from the Bucks, their offence needs their distance shooting. Against a switch-happy defence, it won’t be easy for the Celtics.
MARCUS SMART DOESN’T QUIT pic.twitter.com/UNy5kUr8b7
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 9, 2021
With the Celtics coming off of a blowout loss to the Phoenix Suns, all eyes are looking at Boston mainstay Marcus Smart regarding his performance.
In 31 minutes of play, Smart was a minus-12. He posted just 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals on 1 of 13 shooting from the field. Smart even failed to convert on any of his 5 three-point field goal attempts.
Smart won’t even be in his wheelhouse against the Bucks, as Milwaukee love the pace-and-space game. On the offensive end it is obvious what the Celtics need from Smart, points.
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|Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Information|
|Teams||Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics|
|Location||TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, December 13th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports Boston, Bally Sports WI|
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