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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics - 11/30/13

Boston Celtics (7-11) at Milwaukee Bucks (2-13)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, November 30, 2013 at 9:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 184.5 See the Latest Odds

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The league-worst Milwaukee Bucks look for a rare win when they play the Boston Celtics tonight.

I didn't think the Bucks would start the season so poorly, but the bottom line is that they're 2-13 on the season and are hoping to avoid a 12th straight loss after falling to the Bobcats by 92-76 last night. Brandon Knight had a team-high 17 points on seven of 11 shooting, but he had next to no support as the rest of the Bucks shot just 28.7 percent from the field. I was most disappointed with OJ Mayo who had just five points on two of 11 shooting but I shouldn't be surprised because he's averaging just 8.8 points over his last six outings.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics - 11/30/13

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Meanwhile, the Celtics were going through their own struggles when they lost six straight from Nov 13 to Nov 22, but they've since won three of their last four including a 103-86 win against the Cavs last night. The Celtics started the game with the right intensity and finished the quarter leading by 28-10 before coasting to an easy win. Jeff Green led five scorers in double figures with his 31 points, while Jordan Crawford had a triple double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. With the win, Boston improved to 7-11 on the season and 3-5 at home.

In ATS trends, the Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record and 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, while the Bucks are 0-8 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a loss of more than 10 points.

The Bucks have actually won four of their last five meetings with the Celtics, but given the form they're in, I'd be pretty surprised if they win again here. The Celtics took advantage of a struggling Cavs team last night and I think it's more of the same for them tonight. Take the C's in this one.

Boston -1.5

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