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Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Boston Celtics Predictions
If the NBA regular season ends right now, the Toronto Raptors would be the favorites to win the Eastern Conference while the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics would battle to be the challengers. The Bucks and the Celtics will give us a glimpse of what we could see in the playoffs when they meet on Friday Night. Currently, the Toronto Raptors have the best odds to win the NBA title of any team in the East. MyBookie.ag listed them at +750. The Boston Celtics are at +1000 while the Milwaukee Bucks are a long shot +2000. The oddsmakers haven’t bought into the Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hype, just yet.
The Bucks don’t care if the oddsmakers are not buying their recent winning form. They have been doubted all season, and that drives them. Milwaukee is currently in second place of the Eastern Conference standings just 1.5 games away from the Raptors. Milwaukee has won five of their last six games, including one against Toronto. Four of those five wins were against teams from the East while their only loss was visiting the Pacers. I didn’t take much anything from that defeat. That was just one of those nights where nothing really went their way.
The Bucks are a good team that has become great because of the nightmare matchup that is Giannis Antetokounmpo. The “Greek Freak” is averaging 26.7 points per game, 12.1 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He’s baking an MVP season, and at this point, we need to start thinking he might go all the way and win the award at the end of the year. Giannis is the favorite to win the MVP at MyBookie.ag listed at +160. The next in line is the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis at +450. Right now doesn’t feel close.
I don’t know what happened to Boston from last season’s Eastern Conference finals to this year. I’m thinking all the NBA Championship talks went up to their heads. The Celtics opened as favorites to win the East, but they haven’t performed like a Championship team all season. Boston recently lost back-to-back games against the Detroit Pistons and the Phoenix Suns. The Pistons are a team one game above 500 and the Suns the worst team in the entire Western Conference. Great teams don’t lose this type of games. Obviously, they failed to cover the spread both times.
The Bucks and the Celtics already met in November with Boston winning by four while covering the spread as 2.5 point favorites at home. The Celtics have been a good bet against Milwaukee lately, covering the spread in four of the last five games. But it doesn’t feel like the recent momentum is swinging their way. At this point in the season, I trust the Giannis and the Bucks a lot more, even if they are on the road. Grab the points and bet Milwaukee.
What’s the play? Bucks +1.
- Spread: +1
- Money line: -107
- Game Total: 224
- Date: Friday, December 21, 2018
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
- TV: ESPN
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