Celtics Look to Untie Series vs. Bucks in Game 5 as NBA Betting Favorites

Posted by Jordan Walters on Tuesday,April 24, 2018 1:34, EDT in

The Boston Celtics have never lost a best-of-7 series they led 2-0 at one point, going 35-0. The Celtics did take a 2-0 lead over the Milwaukee Bucks, but it’s now 2-2 as the Eastern Conference first-round set returns to Boston on Tuesday night. The Celtics are short NBA betting favorites.

How to Bet Bucks at Celtics NBA Betting Odds & Game 5 Info

When: Tuesday, 7 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston
TV: NBA TV
Stream: NBA.tv
Radio: 620 AM (Milwaukee) / 98.5 FM (Boston)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2.5 (204.5)

Why Bet on Milwaukee?

The Bucks didn’t cover either game in Boston the first go-round, although they took Game 1 to overtime. Milwaukee won Game 4 at home Sunday, 104-102. Giannis Antetokounmpo came through with 27 points, seven rebounds, five assists – he had the game-winning tip-in of a teammate’s missed shot with five seconds left. The Greek Freak did tweak his ankle during the fourth quarter after coming down on Aron Baynes’ foot, but his ankle didn’t turn all that much and he played through it, so he should be fine for Tuesday’s Game 5. He better be as the Bucks have no shot without him.

Khris Middleton had another fantastic game on Sunday, scoring 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with three triples, six boards, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 37 minutes. He’s been putting up averages of 25.5 points, 6.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 block and 2.3 turnovers per game while knocking down a ridiculous 61.5% of his shot attempts.

Jabari Parker had his best game of the series with 16 points, seven rebounds, two triples, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 25 minutes. Milwaukee’s second-unit thoroughly outplayed Boston’s, and Thon Maker was also impressive in the win, coming through with eight points, two boards, two treys, one assist, five blocks and one turnover over 31 minutes.

Will the Bucks get back John Henson?

He has missed the past two games with back soreness. Henson was second on the team in rebounding, averaging 6.8 per game.

The Bucks have now shot better than 50.0 percent in each of their last three games this series after shooting 52.1 percent from the field in Game 4 on Sunday. The last time Milwaukee had a streak of shooting greater than 50.0 percent in three consecutive playoff games was from 4/27-5/1 in the 1990 playoffs.

After setting a franchise-playoff-high of 13 blocks in Game 3 on Friday, the Bucks set a new franchise-playoff high of 14 blocks in Game 4 on Sunday. Milwaukee’s 27 blocks in two games are tied for the fourth most in a two-game span in NBA playoff history (since blocks were first recorded in 1973-74). The Bucks have only had 27 blocks in a two-game span two other times in franchise history (regular season or postseason).

Why Bet on Boston?

The Celtics could easily be up 3-1. After the Freak scored on that late tip-in in Game 4, Marcus Morris missed a would-be game-tying shot at the buzzer. Jaylen Brown probably should have taken the shot as he scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-24 shooting, adding five treys, eight boards, three steals and one assist over 41 minutes.

Brown essentially single-handedly kept the Celtics in the game, helping Boston go on a huge second-half surge to bring down a 20-point deficit to even. Aside from Jayson Tatum (21 points, two triples, three boards, three dimes and two steals), he didn’t receive much help from his teammates on the offensive end.

Who’s Struggling Right Now?

Terry Rozier, so good the first two games couldn’t buy a bucket during Sunday’s Game 4 loss to the Bucks, going 3-of-12 from the field (2-of-10 from 3-point range) on his way to 10 points over 36 minutes. Rozier added eight assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover. As a team, the Celtics seriously struggled through the first half of action, connecting on just 23.8% of their attempts in the paint, which accounted for their worst performance through any half of basketball this season.

Celtics guard Marcus Smart (thumb) is only expected to miss one more game. Smart underwent surgery to repair a torn UCL in the thumb of his shooting hand last month. The Celtics have said that he’s hopeful for Game 7 against the Bucks, so making it back before next weekend is possible. Smart was given a 6-8 week timetable and the 27th would be six weeks.

“Right now, [a Game 6 return is] the plan and we’re still on the same track,” Smart said. “I’ve been doing everything but contact, so I will be able to go and start that.” He will have to wear a splint on his hand, but Smart doesn’t think it will be an issue. “It feels like nothing’s there,” he said. “To have that comfortability, especially in my dominant hand, my shooting hand, that’s a good feeling to have.”

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston’s last 5 games

Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Game 5

I don’t always agree with the betting trends but here I do. Take Boston and over the total.