The Milwaukee Bucks venture into Beantown in search of their third win in a row, while the Boston Celtics look to trip up Giannis Antetokounmpo and company at home. But before you make your picks, check out our preview of this game first.
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Away: Milwaukee Bucks (6-6/5-2 on the road)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: George Hill
- SG: Jrue Holiday
- SF: Grayson Allen
- PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- C: Bobby Portis
It appears that the Bucks have completely recovered from a bad stretch in which they went 1-5. Since then, Milwaukee has gone 2-0, with consecutive wins over the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks, both in enemy territories. The road trip continues for Milwaukee this Saturday in Boston, where they have covered the spread three times in their last five visits there. The Bucks are averaging 108.1 points per game, and have stepped it up of late.
They have averaged 115.0 points in their last two games, in large part because Milwaukee has been getting fantastic contributions from the supporting cast and shooting the lights out from deep. Grayson Allen, Bobby Portis, and Pat Connaughton are all having their moments, while as a team, the Bucks have knocked down 41 of 89 3-point attempts (46.1%) in the last two contests. In their 112-100 win in New York, the Bucks got a total of 55 points from that aforementioned trio.
Home: Boston Celtics (5-6/1-3 at home)
Projected Starting Five:
- PG: Marcus Smart
- SG: Dennis Schroder
- SF: Jayson Tatum
- PF: Al Horford
- C: Robert Williams III
Boston picked itself up following a 107-94 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks, as the Celtics crushed the Toronto Raptors at home last Thursday, 104-88. The Celtics missed the services of Jaylen Brown in that game, but Jayson Tatum and Dennis Schroder teamed up for 42 points to lead Boston, which is now 4-0 ATS in its last four outings.
Brown has been ruled out for Saturday’s outing because of a hamstring problem, so expect Schroder to get another start, while Josh Richardson should get an expanded role off the bench. Richardson played 33 minutes in the Toronto game and scored 15 points with three rebounds and three steals. Boston’s defense has been incredible of late. In fact, over the last five games, they have limited opponents to only 96.0 points — the best in the NBA during that span.
Boston’s defense has been something else of late. The Bucks slow down in this game. Take the Celtics to cover (+2).
This isn’t going to be a high-scoring game but should feature enough buckets to go over the line. Take the Over (213.5).