The Milwaukee Bucks visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday in a game that can be seen on ABC and ESPN. It is a matchup between the top two teams in the NBA so it should be exciting. The Bucks entered this week with a half game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks had won 7 of their last 10 games while the Celtics were just 5-5 in their last 10 games. Milwaukee will be playing the fourth game of a five-game road trip, as they were in Brooklyn on Friday night. This will be the fifth game of a seven-game homestand for Boston and they hosted Minnesota on Friday night. This will be the first meeting between Milwaukee and Boston since last season’s Eastern Conference semifinals that the Celtics won in seven games. Let’s look at Bucks at Celtics NBA picks.
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Sunday, December 25, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST
Location: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV Coverage: ABC & ESPN
BetMaker previews the upcoming matchup and gives a prediction for Wednesday night’s contest.
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics NBA Picks
The Bucks are averaging just over 113 points per game and they are just 17th in the league in 3-point shooting at just over 35%. They have been very good on defense, giving up just under 109 points per contest. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring at 31 points per game and he leads them in rebounding at just over 11 per contest. Jrue Holiday leads the team in assists at just over seven per game.
The Celtics are the top scoring team in the NBA, as they averaged 118.2 points per contest. They are 4th in the league in 3-point shooting at just over 38%. Boston is 12th in the league on defense, giving up just over 112 points per contest. Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring at just over 30 points per game and he leads them in rebounding at just over eight per contest. Marcus Smart leads the team in assists with just over seven per game. It should be noted the Tatum missed some time last week for personal reasons, so make sure to check his status before this game on Sunday.
The good news for Boston is that Robert Williams is back in the lineup. He made his season debut on Friday against Orlando. "We're just trying to figure out putting everything together.” Williams said to the media, “I'm trying to figure out how I can slide in and help these guys defensively and offensively.”
Somewhat surprisingly, the Celtics have won 8 of the last 10 against the Bucks. Six of those ten went under the total. The Bucks have won 4 of the last 10 at Boston, with six of the ten going under the total.
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Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics NBA Free Pick
There is no question that these are the two best teams in the NBA right now. The Bucks are the better defensive team, while the Celtics have the edge on offense. The Bucks have been playing better than the Celtics of late and started this week just in front of Boston in the Eastern Conference. When you look at this contest you have to at least consider the revenge factor a little bit. This is still a regular season game, so it is not the playoffs, but Milwaukee would still like to get a win in this game to show they can beat the Celtics in Boston. The Bucks look like the right side in this contest. The total is also worth considering, as these teams have had some lower scoring games recently. We know that the Bucks play tight defense and right now there are a few concerns about the Celtics with Tatum missing time. This should be a very competitive contest and I think Williams will help Boston out on defense. I think there are a couple of plays worth making for this game, so I’ll take Milwaukee and the game under the total.
The Pick: Bucks and Under
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