Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Predictions, Odds & Picks
- After being eliminated in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is looking to win his first championship.
- With three Eastern Conference Finals appearances in the last four years, the Boston Celtics are hoping this season will mark their first trip to the Finals since 2010.
- Over 216 regular-season games, the Celtics have the edge in wins 110-106.
Bucks vs Celtics Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-2.5 -117||O -113||-148|
|Boston Celtics||+2.5 -106||U -112||+120|
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Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Predictions and Picks
Rejuvenated, renewed, and energized by the long-term extension of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks look primed to start the season off with a bang. A solid defensive team, the Celtics won’t have an answer to the Bucks’ interior attack.
Milwaukee Bucks to Win (-148)
How to Watch Bucks vs Celtics
|Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Information|
|What||Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics|
|Where||TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts|
|When||Wednesday, 23 December 2020; 7:30 PM EST|
|How to Watch||TNT|
Head-to-Head: Bucks vs Celtics
|Milwaukee Bucks||Head-to-Head (19-20)||Boston Celtics|
|Mike Budenholzer||Head Coach||Brad Stevens|
|56-17 (1st in East, 1st Overall)||Standing||48-24 (3rd in East, 5th Overall)|
|112.4 (8th of 30)||Off Rtg||113.3 (4th of 30)|
|102.9 (1st of 30)||Def Rtg||107.0 (4th of 30)|
|105.1 (1st of 30)||Pace||99.5 (17th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|G. Antetokounmpo (29.5)||PPG||J. Tatum (23.4)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (13.6)||RPG||E. Kanter (7.4)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (5.6)||APG||M. Smart (4.9)|
|D. DiVincenzo (1.3)||SPG||M. Smart (1.7)|
|B. Lopez (2.4)||BPG||D. Theis (1.3)|
|G. Antetokounmpo (.553)/G. Antetokounmpo (10.9)||FG%/FGM||T. Fall (.786)/J. Tatum (8.4)|
|G. Hill (.460)/K. Middleton (2.4)||3P%/3PM||J. Tatum (.403)/K. Walker (3.2)|
Can the Bucks Put It All Together?
The Milwaukee Bucks have fallen short of the NBA title in both of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP Award-winning seasons. Questions have arisen about whether or not Mike Budenholzer is the right man for the job. With an overhauled roster but a secured Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are the team to watch this season.
We know what the Bucks will get out of Antetokounmpo and Middleton. New point man Jrue Holiday figures to improve on everything they had with Eric Bledsoe, while utility pieces like Bryn Forbes, Torrey Craig, and DJ Augustin will be relied on to make timely plays.
Milwaukee’s dominance in the paint due to Antetokounmpo tends to lead them to victory. But as they struggled with in the playoffs, how will the Bucks react when the defense collapses on him and forces others to create? That’s what Boston will do against them on opening night.
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All Things Through Jayson Tatum
It is no secret that the Boston Celtics’ best player is Jayson Tatum. The fourth-year forward has improved with every season and seems to be emerging into a true NBA star. Unfortunately for the Celtics, without Tatum on the court they struggle mightily.
In their most recent preseason game, the Celtics were a +5 with Tatum on the court and a paltry -29 when he was off of it. Without Kemba Walker available, he is the only source of impactful scoring and playmaking. He’ll need to play the role of distributor and scorer to beat the Nets.
Brooklyn isn’t exactly overflowing with defensive options, so Tatum won’t face much opposition on the perimeter. But being calculated at the rim with shot-blockers like DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen patrolling the paint is crucial to Boston’s success.
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Bucks Key Player: (G) Jrue Holiday
The Milwaukee Bucks got their man and he is one of the most underrated guards in the NBA. Jrue Holiday is a true two-way threat at the point guard position. His veteran leadership and poise are what the Bucks hope will lead them to their first title since 1971.
Holiday will be looked to create opportunities for the Bucks when Antetokounmpo is not the focal point of the offense. Averaging a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio for his career, he’s no incredibly efficient but very capable.
The question for Holiday will be seeing how he can play as a utility piece on the court. Just a 35.4% career three-point shooter, Holiday will have to show efficiency shooting the ball when he isn’t the primary playmaker.
Celtics Key Player: (G) Jaylen Brown
The Boston Celtics invested heavily into now fifth-year guard Jaylen Brown and it seems to have paid off. After averaging 20.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on career-best shooting from the field, Boston is certainly expecting him to make the jump from role player to star.
With Kemba Walker unavailable, Brown will be looked to as the secondary scorer on the night against the Nets. His shooting and shot-selection has improved greatly as his career has progressed, but how he responds to a spotlight role is in question.
Brown used to rely on pure athleticism to beat opponents, but he’s grown much savvier. He’s a solid defender but is expected to struggle against larger perimeter scorers. The spotlight has never been brighter on Brown than now.
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