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Apr 07, 2022

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Thursday night with a heavyweight Eastern Conference bout between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. Coverage begins from Fiserv Forum at 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT.

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Score Prediction

Bucks 121, Bulls 119

Best Bets

Over 227 (-110) at DraftKings

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions

After finishing seventh in the East with a record of 36-36 SU last year, Boston briefly sustained that same underwhelming pace with another lackluster start to this season, as the Celtics opened with a frustrating 15-20 SU and ATS skid – with ten of those SU losses coming by double-digits.

However, Boston has admirably flipped the script since mid-January, considering the Celtics enter Thursday riding an impressive 34-10 SU and 27-16-1 ATS run – while tallying 113.6 OPPG and surrendering just 102.3 DPPG across that window.

On the other hand, Milwaukee also posted a surprisingly slow start to the season, as the Bucks kicked things off with a lackluster 6-8 SU and ATS skid – with four of those SU losses coming in matchups they were favored in.

The Bucks have quietly dominated since their opening skid though, considering Milwaukee boasts sturdy records of 43-22 SU and 32-33 ATS across their last 65 games – while generating 116.7 OPPG and allowing just 112.4 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the over here, as the Bucks are 13-5 SU and 12-6 ATS in their last 18 games, while tallying 121.3 OPPG and surrendering 118.1 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a particularly high-scoring battle against a Celtics squad that’s averaging 119.2 OPPG across their latest 13-3 SU run.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Central
  • Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum
  • Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • TV-Time: TNT - 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Boston Celtics Betting Analysis

  • SU: 49-30
  • ATS: 42-36-1
  • O/U: 38-39-2

After finishing seventh in the East with a record of 36-36 SU this year, Boston stumbled out to a similarly underwhelming start to this season, as the Celtics opened with a lackluster 15-20 SU skid – despite getting tagged as favorites in 22 of those contests.

However, Boston has turned things around through excellent defense down the stretch, considering the Celtics enter Thursday riding a red-hot 34-10 SU stretch, while scoring 114+ PTS in 22 of those contests (113.6 OPPG) – and allowing 100 PTS or less in 20 of them (102.3 DPPG).

Milwaukee Bucks Betting Analysis

  • SU: 49-30
  • ATS: 38-41
  • O/U: 40-39

After finishing with the best record in the East in two of the last three seasons, Milwaukee’s rough start was somewhat of a head-scratcher, considering the Bucks’ compiled a record of 162-65 SU across the previous three regular seasons, only to open this season with a lackluster 6-8 SU mark.

The Bucks have played excellent, when healthy, since mid-November though, considering the Bucks boast a sturdy 43-22 SU record across their last 65 games – with more than a quarter of those losses coming in the absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (6).

The total has gone OVER in seven of the last eight matchups between Milwaukee and Boston. (AP)

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Head-to-Head

The Celtics won two of three regular-season matchups against Milwaukee last year, with all three contests soaring over the total at an average of 239.7 PPG. Boston is also 2-1 SU against Milwaukee this season, with the first and third matchups cruising over the total at an average of 232.5 PPG – while their second meeting stayed under with a score of 117-103 (U 223).

Key Players to Watch

  • BOS: Jayson Tatum - SF (27 PPG, 8 REB, 4.4 AST)
  • BOS: Jaylen Brown - SG (23.7 PPG, 6.1 REB, 3.4 AST)
  • MIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF (29.9 PPG, 11.6 REB, 5.8 AST)
  • MIL: Khris Middleton - SF (20.1 PPG, 5.4 REB, 5.4 AST)

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Conclusion

After stomping the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday night (W, 127-106), the Bucks return home for Thursday’s contest as short favorites over the Celtics at Fiserv Forum – marking just the second time Boston has been an underdog across their last 30 games.

I’ll back Boston here, as the Celtics are 13-3 SU and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games, while scoring 119.2 OPPG and allowing just 105.7 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a track meet against a Bucks squad that’s averaging 121.3 OPPG across their latest 13-5 SU stretch.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends

  • The Bucks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games.
  • The Celtics are 6-0 ATS in their last six matchups against Milwaukee.
  • The total has gone OVER in four of the last five Bucks' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the last eight matchups between Milwaukee and Boston.
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