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Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks: Betting Tips, Prediction & Betting Odds

The state in which the number one and two seeds are in the Eastern Conference couldn’t be any more different as we enter the final week of the regular season. On one hand we have Boston who is on a 5-game win streak and holding a 15 game lead atop of the standings, not looking to slow down any time soon. The Celtics also have the NBA’s best road record at 27-13 SU and the best Net Rating +12 points, which is more than 5 points better than the 2nd placed Minnesota Timberwolves. Obviously, this team isn’t without flaws, one thing to consider before placing any bets on them is the possibility of players getting extra rest as we get closer to the postseason. That’s already happened over the past 5 games, however a somewhat softer schedule and other circumstances have resulted in a 5-game win streak.

Milwaukee Bucks fans have been through a rollercoaster this season. Their team has started off 30-13 SU and had their coach fired. Ever since that event took place, the Bucks can’t seem to figure things out. “Trainwreck” is the word I would use to describe their latest 4-game losing streak, with 3 losses coming against teams that have a combined 168 losses this regular season. There is always hope things can improve, but even the return of Damian Lillard didn’t spark the team over the weekend as they lost to the Knicks 122-109, another team decimated with injuries. Coming into tonight’s game they’re just 2-6 SU in the last 8 meetings, plus in their last 7 games overall they’ve won only once and covered as many times.

Boston Celtics Point Spread

Celtics -2.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

With all the issues the Bucks are facing plus Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Patrick Beverly all being questionable, I think backing the Celtics is a no-brainer here. They’ve covered in 15 of the last 20 meetings, winning this game by just 3 points looks very doable to me.

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NBA | Tue 06/18, 12:30 AM

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Total Points: Over 228.5

Over 228.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

The only way Milwaukee pulls off the upset here is if they turn all of their defensive flaws around and I just cannot see that happening overnight. In order to play quality defense you have to build positive habits and the Bucks just haven’t done that all year long. They’ve allowed 111+ points in 4 straight games, including 122 to the shorthanded Knicks on Sunday. Only 6 teams have a worse defensive rating in the last 5 games than the Bucks do, opponents are averaging 117.6 points per 100 possessions on them during that stretch. The NBA’s best offense should feast on the Bucks here, Boston has cashed on the over in 8 of their last 10 games, mostly due to their prolific offensive play. Ranking only 26th in pace of play hasn’t slowed this team one bit, they’re putting up 122 points per 100 possessions in their last 5 games, almost 2 points better than the 2nd placed Pacers. The over has cashed in 6 of 7 road games for the Cs and in 6 of their last 7 vs East teams. With all 3 meetings seeing more than 230 points this season, I think backing the over is the way to go here.

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NBA | Tue 06/18, 12:30 AM

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