Bucks at Celtics - 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
TV: FSWI, CSNN
The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics square off late Friday night at the TD Garden.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Bucks are averaging 97.6 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97.6 points and 43.6 percent shooting. Michael Carter-Williams is averaging 13.3 points and 5.2 assists while Khris Middleton is averaging 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and O.J. Mayo is dishing 2.8 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting just 43.6 percent in their last five games and have lost 11 of their last 15 games when scoring less than 100 points. A win here will get the Bucks one game closer to clinching a playoff spot in the East. The Bucks haven’t won a road game since February 2nd.
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The Boston Celtics look for a win after winning four of their last six games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 100.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 18.2 points and 5.3 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 14 points and 3.1 rebounds. Brandon Bass is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk is shooting 47.4 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics are shooting 44.3 percent in their last five games. The Celtics have lost three of their last four games. The Celtics need to win this game considering they’re just .5 games back from the last playoff spots in the East.
The Bucks are 10-3-2 ATS in their last 15 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Celtics are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 25-11-1 ATS in their last 37 games overall. The Bucks are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Boston.
This is a must-win game for the Celtics, a team that's chasing a playoff spot. In a desprate situation, I'll take my chance with Boston and the reasonable chalk.