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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (37-38) at Boston Celtics (34-41)

NBA Basketball: Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -5.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Bucks take a trip to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Saturday.

The Milwaukee Bucks have won just three of their last 11 games but they were able to avoid a third straight loss with by beating the Bulls by 95-91 on Wednesday. Michael Carter-Williams led the way with 21 points, Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and Khris Middleton had 14 points as the Bucks snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Bulls. Defensively, the Bucks were absolutely flying around the court in the second half and it showed in the stat sheet as the Bulls committed 13 turnovers in the second half and scored just 17 points in the penultimate fourth quarter. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 37-38 overall which strengthens their hold on the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and possibly sets them up for a first-round matchup with the Bulls.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/3/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics remain on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but they may not be there for much longer as they've won three of their last four games including a crucial 100-87 win over the Pacers. Tyler Zeller led the way with an efficient 19 points on eight of nine shooting while Kelly Olynyk added 19 points off the bench, but it was actually Evan Turner who really drove the team with a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. With the win, Boston improved to 34-41 on the season which leaves them just half a game out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

In ATS trends, the Bucks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four games against a team with a losing record and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, while the Celtics are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 25-11-1 ATS in their last 37 games overall.

Head to head, the Bucks are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Boston and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings overall.

This game looks certain to be a close one, but I'm definitely leaning towards the Celtics at home because there's no doubt that they need this win so much more than the Bucks at the moment.

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Boston -5.5

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