IIn the 2022 NBA playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks will face the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
Milwaukee won the first game of the series before Boston won Game 2 at home. The Bucks will play their next two games at home, putting the Celtics under pressure. George Hill (abdominal) is classified as likely, while Khris Middleton (knee) is listed as out. Marcus Smart (thigh) has been designated as a Boston probable.
Milwaukee is a two-point home favorite at Caesars Sportsbook for this 3:30 p.m. ET game. In the most recent Celtics vs. Bucks odds, the total amount of points Vegas believes will be scored, or the over-under, is 211.5. Before you make any Celtics vs. Bucks predictions, check out SportsLine’s powerful computer simulation model’s NBA predictions and betting recommendations.
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Here are some NBA betting odds and lines for Bucks Versus Celtics :
- Bucks -2 in the Celtics versus. Bucks game.
- Over/under for Celtics vs. Bucks: 211.5 points
- Money line for Celtics vs. Bucks: Bucks -130, Celtics +110
- BOSTON: In postseason games, the Celtics are 4-2 against the spread.
- MIL: In postseason games, the Bucks are 4-3 against the spread.
Why the Celtics are capable of covering
The Celtics’ offensive potential is interesting. In the series versus the Bucks, Boston has an assist on 74.2 percent of field goals, which is a high percentage, and the Celtics have made over 38 percent of 3-point tries in the postseason. In the regular season, Boston had a top-10 offense, led by a pair of star-level wings in Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who can create efficient shots.
Boston, on the other hand, is undoubtedly superior.
During the regular season, the Celtics lead the NBA in defensive efficiency, field goal % allowed, 3-point percentage allowed, 2-point percentage allowed, and assists allowed. Boston has similarly stifled Milwaukee’s offense this season, allowing the Bucks to score less than 0.96 points per possession. The Celtics are skilled at forcing missed shots, and they have a 74.5 percent defensive rebound percentage in the series, keeping Milwaukee off the offensive glass. On the defensive end, Boston has a variety of bodies to throw at Giannis
Antetokounmpo, with Grant Williams, Al Horford, Tatum, and Robert Williams III all playing at a high level.
Why the Bucks are capable of covering
Milwaukee has a roster that can play both ways. The Bucks were among the top five offensive teams in the NBA this season, averaging 114.3 points per 100 possessions. Milwaukee is a 3-point shooting machine, making 36.6 percent of their tries last season, and the Bucks rated in the top 10 in 2-point accuracy and free throw creation. Everything focuses around Antetokounmpo, who as an MVP nominee averaged 29.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game, and the Bucks are also a defensive force.
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Milwaukee leads the NBA playoffs 2022 with a 96.8 defensive rating, and the Bucks are securing 80.5 percent of available defensive rebounds in the postseason. In the series, the Bucks are holding Boston to 1.03 points per possession, an elite figure, and Milwaukee is forcing a turnover on 17.7 percent of defensive possessions. With Brook Lopez now at full strength, the Bucks are nearly impossible to score on at the rim, and the Bucks are now shifting to a friendly home environment.
How to choose between the Bucks and the Celtics
The total is expected to be 220 points, according to SportsLine’s model. The model also claims that one side of the spread hits in more than half of all simulations. Only SportsLine has the model’s Celtics vs. Bucks prediction.
So, who will win the Bucks vs. Celtics matchup? Which side of the spread hits in more than half of the simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to find out which side of the Bucks vs. Celtics spread you should bet on, based on the model that has dominated NBA picks.
This information was obtained from our correspondents and various web sources.
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