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The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics are still fighting for the top seed in the East, with just 2.5 games separating them in the standings. The Bucks are first in the East with a 54-21 overall record and a 30-7 home record. The Celtics are in second place, with a 52-24 overall record and a 24-15 road record.
The Bucks and Celtics will meet for the final time this regular season on Thursday night. Hosted at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Bucks will have home court advantage. The last time that these two teams met, it took overtime to separate the Bucks as the winners 131-125.
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|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Joe Mazzulla||Head Coach||Mike Budenholzer|
|52-24 (2nd in East)||Standing||54-21 (1st in East)|
|117.8 (3rd of 30)||Off Rtg||115.2 (13th of 30)|
|111.8 (4th of 30)||Def Rtg||110.9 (3rd of 30)|
|98.6 (18th of 30)||Pace||100.5 (10th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (30.1)||PPG||G. Antetokounmpo (31.1)|
|J. Tatum (8.9)||RPG||G. Antetokounmpo (11.7)|
|M. Smart (6.3)||APG||J. Holiday (7.3)|
|M. Smart (1.5)||SPG||J. Holiday (1.2)|
|R. Williams (1.3)||BPG||B. Lopez (2.5)|
|R. Williams (.741)/J. Brown (10.1)||FG%/FGM||G. Antetokounmpo (.550)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.2)|
|M. Brogdon (.447)/J. Tatum (3.2)||3P%/3PM||A. Green (.429)/J. Holiday (2.3)|
|Danilo Gallinari||Boston Celtics||17 Feb 2023||Out (Knee)||Gallinari hopes to return to play before the end of the season.|
|Meyers Leonard||Milwaukee Bucks||26 Mar 2023||Out (Calf)||Leonard has been unavailable since March 16 and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||28 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Antetkounmpo was listed as PROBABLE for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Mar 29) game.|
|Goran Dragic||Milwaukee Bucks||28 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Dragic was listed as PROBABLE for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Mar 29) game.|
|Joe Ingles||Milwaukee Bucks||28 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Ingles was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Mar 29) game.|
|Khris Middleton||Milwaukee Bucks||28 Mar 2023||Day to Day (Knee)||Middleton was listed as QUESTIONABLE for Milwaukee's Wednesday (Mar 29) game.|
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The Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics continue their battle to claim the top seed in the Eastern Conference! Milwaukee currently holds a 2.5-game lead over the Celtics for first in the East after going 7-3 over their last ten games. The Celtics are second in the East and have also gone 7-3 over their previous ten matches.
The Celtics are one of the league's most potent offensive teams, scoring 118.0 points per game (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 15.9 threes (2nd in the NBA) on 37.6% efficiency (7th in the NBA). However, Boston's defense failed them in their last game, as they allowed 130 points on 54.5% shooting from the field in the loss.
The Milwaukee Bucks have earned their place as one of the league's best two-way teams, scoring 116.8 points (8th in the NBA) while limiting teams to just 112.4 points per game (9th in the NBA) on 45.1% shooting from the field (2nd in the NBA). Milwaukee will need to improve on their past performances against the Celtics this season, as they've allowed Boston 132.0 points on 52.2% shooting from the field and 40.4% from three-point range.
We expect the Boston Celtics to cover the spread in their matchup with the Bucks. Boston's scoring prowess has proven to be challenging to match up with for the Milwaukee Bucks, who have lacked efficiency despite their production volume. The fight for the top of the Eastern Conference is intense, and the Celtics should have the edge this time out.
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One of the NBA's top scorers, Jayson Tatum, will want to build off his last performance against the Milwaukee Bucks this season. In his previous game against the Bucks, Tatum posted 41 points, seven rebounds, and three assists on 63.6% from the field and 42.9% from three-point range. The Celtics struggled in their last game against Milwaukee with Tatum unavailable, so his scoring punch will be welcome in their final meeting.
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday will play a crucial role in their matchup against the Celtics. He is averaging 18.9 points, 7.3 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. Critical to the Bucks' success on both ends of the court, Holiday's production will be as crucial as Antetokounmpo's in their efforts to take down the Celtics.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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