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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) at Boston Celtics (55-27)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8:00 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics -3 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TNT, FSWI, CSNN

The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics meet Tuesday in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the TD Garden.

The Milwaukee Bucks have another chance to steal home court advantage before going home for game three. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 35 points and 13 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 31 points and six assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and John Henson is grabbing six rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 42.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last nine road games.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 4/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Boston Celtics hope to make another statement by winning this game and improving a 2-0 series lead. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 107 points on 48.2 percent shooting. Al Horford is averaging 24 points and 12 rebounds while Jayson Tatum is averaging 19 points and four assists. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is dishing four assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, 4-12 ATS in their last 16 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 11-4 ATS in their last 15 vs. Eastern Conference and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings and the road team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

The Milwaukee Bucks shot 48.2 percent from the field while the Celtics shot 41.5 percent, and they still lost. Yes, the Bucks can clean up the 20 turnovers and certainly defend the three-ball better, but that's a game the Bucks should still win. The fact they didn't doesn't bode well moving forward. When you have a chance to steal a road playoff game, you do it. There's a good chance that opportunity doesn't come again, especially in the TD Garden. The Bucks lack the scoring depth to beat good teams consistently, and you really can't ask for better play from Antetokounmpo and Middleton. The Celtics are a scrappy, deep team that finds ways to win, and they showed that Sunday afternoon. I'll lay the bucket with the home team yet again.

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