Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Betting Predictions

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Milwaukee vs. Boston, NBA Betting Predictions, March 26

The Milwaukee Bucks try to extend their eight-game winning streak Friday night when they host the Boston Celtics for the second time in three days. Boston has hit a bit of a slump, but did battle the Bucks to a two-point loss Wednesday. It likely won’t be as close Friday as the Bucks prove their might.

Bucks vs. Celtics Betting Odds

Before the season began, this was a game that was going to be must-see television. The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics have been two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference over the last three or four years, but that is not the case this season. While the Bucks have won 13 of their last 14 games and surged into second place in the East this season, the Celtics have been languishing around the playoff bubble. Boston is just 2-6 since the All-Star break and hold a slim half-game lead on the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference heading into the game.

It’s easy to point to players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton as the reason for the Bucks’ success this season. Both are averaging at least 20 points per game and have other key contributions for a successful team. In Antetokounmpo’s case, it’s his 11.6 rebounds per game and Middleton is making 43 percent of his 3-point attempts. However, it’s hard to ignore the impact of players like Donte DiVincenzo and Jrue Holliday have added to the lineup this season for Milwaukee.

That secondary scoring is perhaps where the Bucks and Celtics differ the most. Boston has the duo of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum averaging nearly identical points per game, but there is a dropoff after those two and Kemba Walker. Boston is simply not getting the same production from its role players that Milwaukee has received this season. That is the difference between teams in the modern-day star-powered NBA. As much as the stars draw the eyes, it’s the role players who add the rebounds and points that end up making a difference in the game.

When these two teams met Wednesday in Milwaukee, Boston dominated the fourth quarter to make the final score far more interesting. That is a concern of mine as I see the Bucks named six-point favorites by the legal sports betting sites in New Jersey. However, I don’t know if the Celtics can match that energy in a rematch two nights later. I will give Boston credit that it has kept the first two games of its road trip close, but the Celtics lost both games and this 2-6 run after the All-Star break has to be draining. This just doesn’t seem to be Boston’s year and I think the basketball betting sites in New Jersey have identified that. I wish I could pick the Celtics in an upset, but as much as I want to do it, I just don’t have the faith in them. Therefore, I’ll pick a comfortable Milwaukee victory and bet the Bucks to win by single digits for +165 odds at the NBA betting sites in New Jersey.

Milwaukee Boston
888Sport
-225 +185
BetMGM
-225 +185
FanDuel
-225 +210

My Prediction

Milwaukee -6 points

As tempted as I was to pick Boston to snap Milwaukee’s streak, the Bucks are just playing so well right now. They have 13 of their last 14 games, and the consistency they have found on both ends of the floor reminds me of what made the Bucks the best team in the East the last two seasons. Boston is lacking too much confidence to trust in this situation.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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