The Celtics needed overtime to preserve their unbeaten run at home last night, as they beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 127-100 at TD Garden. The duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown delivered 45 and 35 points respectively, despite shooting just 43% as a team the Celtics were able to win their 18th straight home game of the season. Things get a little bit trickier tonight as they head to Milwaukee on a 2nd leg of a back-to-back. In this scenario the Cs are an impressive 5-1 this season, but none of the teams they beat during that stretch are as good as the Bucks. They do have a really solid head-to-head record vs Milwaukee though, winning 5 of the last 6 meetings and covering the spread in 5 of those games. It gets even better in road games at Fiserv Forum – the Celtics have successfully covered the spread in 9 straight visits.
Milwaukee needs a big win here. This team has been under the microscope all season long, ever since they made the big trade to acquire Damian Lillard last summer. As crazy as it may sound for a team that ranks 2nd in the Conference, things haven’t gone according to plan after 37 games played. The team has no real identity compared to last year, opponents are having their way against them on the defensive end and everyone is pointing at head coach Adrian Griffin. With 4 really tough games coming up, I wouldn’t be surprised if a poor run in the next 10 or so days seals his faith. It’s not been all bad for the Bucks though, they are still 16-4 SU in 20 home games this season, they’ve also won 14 of 20 games vs Eastern Conference opponents.