Thursday will see the Boston Celtics (52-24) and the Milwaukee Bucks (55-21) clash in an Eastern Conference game at the Fiserv Forum. The Boston Celtics enter the game ranked second in the Eastern Conference, one spot behind leaders Milwaukee Bucks. Get ready for a tantalizing preview of the playoffs. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics have both secured their spots and are set to give us an electrifying sneak peek of the high-stakes battles to come.
Form Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have been on a roll lately, with back-to-back victories. They had a decisive victory over the Indiana Pacers, 136-149, demonstrating their strength. They have been doing especially well at the Fiserv Forum, with a 30-7 record in 37 games.
From 76 games this season, the Milwaukee Bucks have scored a solid 117.2 points on average. This gives them bragging rights as one of the NBA’s top-scoring outfits. The Milwaukee Bucks are on a rough stretch defensively. Opposing teams have sunk an average of 118.4 points in their last five matchups and 112.8 per game this term.
The Milwaukee Bucks have triumphantly secured their coveted position in the playoffs and are now geared up to scale the heights of the Eastern Conference. With unwavering determination, the team aims to fortify its first seeding.
The Milwaukee Bucks enter their latest game with 3 players sidelined: Jae Crowder, Meyers Leonard, Khris Middleton.
Form Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics hope to get back on track after suffering a setback in their last game, going down 130-111 against the Washington Wizards. Form has looked good, with seven wins in ten matches. Their overall record for this season is 52-24.
On average, Boston Celtics have scored 118.0 points in the NBA this season and 115.1 points when playing away from home. Defensively, the Boston Celtics haven’t been as effective in shutting out opponents recently, giving up 109.0 points in the last five matches and 112.0 points for the season.
The Boston Celtics have reached the NBA playoffs after 72 regular season games. The aim now is to consolidate their second seed in the Eastern Conference for the remaining rounds.
Danilo Gallinari is the only reported injury concern for the Boston Celtics ahead of Thursday’s game.
Having lost their previous two matches against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks finally got one over their coming visitors in their most recent meeting. They triumphed in a 131-125 win in February 2023 at the Fiserv Forum and aim to build on that success. The Boston Celtics have a 6-4 record against the Milwaukee Bucks from their last ten meetings. They have taken three wins out of ten on the road.
The Milwaukee Bucks tallied 104.2 points on average per game from their ten most recent showdowns against the Boston Celtics. The latter managed an average of 111.4 points in comparison.
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- Moneyline (ML): Boston Celtics (+125) | Milwaukee Bucks (-145)
- Against the spread (ATS): Boston Celtics +3.0 (-115) | Milwaukee Bucks -3.0 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 236.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Go for the Milwaukee Bucks to win (1.69) on the moneyline.
The Milwaukee Bucks enter Thursday’s matchup as the favorites, priced at -145 odds. This implies there is a 59% probability that this match will end in a home win. Considering they’re riding a two-game win streak at the Fiserv Forum, and won their last match, the Milwaukee Bucks will surely fancy their chances. Despite being the +125 underdogs, the Boston Celtics have an impressive 6-4 record in their last ten matchups against the Milwaukee Bucks. This is in spite of their most recent encounter ending in a 130-111 loss to the Washington Wizards.
The Milwaukee Bucks look like a tempting bet. They’re performing exceptionally at home, going 8-2 at the Fiserv Forum in their most recent outings. In our eyes, this gives them the edge over the Boston Celtics, who have gone 5-5 on the road lately.
Against the Spread
Betting on the Milwaukee Bucks -3.0 (1.95) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The oddsmakers are siding with the Milwaukee Bucks on the spread, but not by much. The hosts open up as the 3-point favorites over the Boston Celtics for Thursday. The Milwaukee Bucks were victorious in three out of their last five home encounters in this series. The average margin of victory was 4.7 points.
At the Fiserv Forum, the Milwaukee Bucks have put together a 21-14-2 ATS record. Their record for the season is 42-29-5 ATS. In four out of ten matches recently, the Milwaukee Bucks couldn’t beat the spread. They held a scoring average of 126.1 points and permitted opponents to 119.5 points per game.
The Boston Celtics have gone 20-19 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 41-35 ATS. In their last ten games, the Boston Celtics covered six times, scoring an average of 120.5 points and conceding 108.8 points.
Total over 236.5 (1.91) is our pick on the total.
Based on their head-to-head record, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics look primed for a low-scoring affair. Both sides haven’t produced too many points in their ten most recent matchups. They averaged 215.6 points between them, including 227 points in the last five at the Fiserv Forum.
The combined points total of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics in their last ten matchups has not gone above the Total line of 236.5 more than eight times. Betting Under on the Total market gives odds of -110 on Thursday.
The Milwaukee Bucks have gone over in their last three games, bringing their overall season record to 37-38 O/U. In the last five Milwaukee Bucks home games, spectators have seen an average of 241.8 points scored. The score went below the total three times, making the overall record for the last ten matches 6-4 O/U.
The Boston Celtics are 15-23 O/U on the road this season, with four of their last five away games going over. Recently, the visitors have exceeded expectations in terms of points on the road. Their last five road trips have averaged 232.2 points per game, going over the total four times.