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Celtics vs Bucks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks
- Where: Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum
- Date: Tuesday, February 14th
- Betting Odds MIL -9.5, BOS +333 | MIL -453 O/U 226.5
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 41-16, while going 29-26-2 vs the spread. Boston will be going for their 5 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 4 straight wins.
The Celtics will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Grizzlies by a score of 119-109. Heading into the game, they were 3 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Boston was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Grizzlies to cut into their 13 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Derrick White, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 40.0% of his shots.
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 39-17. So far, the team has gone 31-22-3 against the spread. The Bucks entered today’s game having picked up 10 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 12.2 points per game.
The Bucks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Clippers by a score of 119-106. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Although Milwaukee held just a 3 point lead at half, they put together a strong second half on their way to a 13 point victory. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 35 points while hitting 52.0% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Celtics picked up the 139-118 win over the Bucks. The Celtics point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 5.5 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Celtics averaged 118.25 points per game vs Milwaukee, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Celtics saw a boost in scoring, the Bucks averaged 115.0 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Boston. This figure was similar to season-long average. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 4-1 in favor of the Celtics. In these matchups, Boston has averaged 115 points per game, while allowing 102. In these contests, they averaged a combined 217 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Boston offense is the 5th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.6 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.8 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Boston is ranked 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
So far, the Celtics have played well defensively, as they are ranked 1st in the league at 104.48 points per contest.
If the Celtics are going to come out on top vs the Bucks, they be relying on the depth of their roster as Jayson Tatum is unlikely to play while Jaylen Brown is already listed as out. So far, this duo is averaging a combined 57.0 points per game for Boston. The team will need to figure out who is going to charge on the offensive end of the floor as Tatum has taken 24.3% of the team’s field goal attempts. Brown currently sits 2nd on the team in scoring and has contributed 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Through 56 games, the Bucks are averaging 114.6 points per contest, placing them 13th in the NBA. In terms of pace, the Bucks are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.3 possessions per game. Although the Bucks offense does a good job generating possessions, their poor shooting numbers are a key reason for their poor scoring numbers. So far, the team has an effective field goal percentage of just 54.2%.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
On offense, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks in scoring at 32.4 points per game, placing him 3rd in the NBA. Overall, Antetokounmpo has hit 54.2% of his shots while accounting for 23.6% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 5th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 19.1 points per game, Jrue Holiday is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bucks. For the season, he is 73rd in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 46.0%.
Celtics vs Bucks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 226.5