Boston Celtics (2-2) at Milwaukee Bucks (3-1)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 207 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in NBA action at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Boston Celtics look for a third straight victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Boston Celtics are averaging 102.8 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 97.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 20 points and six assists while Jaylen Brown is averaging 18.8 points and 5.8 rebounds. Jayson Tatum is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 8.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have split their last 10 road games. Marcus Smart is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Milwaukee Bucks hope for a statement victory here to get off to an impressive 4-1 start. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.2 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 36.8 points and 10.8 rebounds while Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 16 points and 3.7 assists. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Tony Snell is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 80.7 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won 10 of their last 13 home games. Malcolm Brogdon is questionable with an ankle injury.
The Celtics are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Atlantic and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Milwaukee, the underdog is 12-4 ATS in the last 16 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
The Celtics have turned things around a bit with back-to-back victories, but wins over the 76ers and Knicks only tell me so much about where this team is without Gordon Hayward. Also, the Celtics are still without Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart remains questionable after missing the New York game with an injured ankle. That's three key players Boston may be without, and it's a lot tougher to beat good teams with missing production. The Bucks have been very consistent so far and seem to be on a mission to prove they're a contender in the East. Milwaukee is tired of being overlooked, and this squad has a chip on its shoulder with Antetokounmpo leading the way. With a win over the Celtics already this season, I look for the defense to make life tough on the thin Celtics and get another victory / cover.