Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) at Boston Celtics (55-27)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics -4 -- Over/Under: 203.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in game one of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the TD Garden.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to turn things around in the playoffs after such an up and down regular season. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 106.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.9 points and 10 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.1 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Parker is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last eight road games.
The Boston Celtics also have some winning to do after finishing the regular season losing four of their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 104 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 100.4 points on 44 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 13.9 points and five rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.7 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.5 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won six of their last nine home games.
The Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall. The Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the underdog is 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the road team is 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings.
I'm interested to see how these Celtics do in the playoffs without Kyrie Irving. The regular season is one thing, but now you're asking kids to lead you to a series victory, as Brown, Tatum and others aren't seasoned vets used to this style of play. The Milwaukee Bucks have the length to frustrate the hell out of any team, but they've played bad basketball pretty much all season long, aren't getting stops defensively and are being outscored by 1.6 points on the road this season. The TD Garden is also nasty come playoff time. I'll eat the small chalk with the home team.