Boston Celtics (43-21) at Milwaukee Bucks (53-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 218.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Friday in NBA action at the HP Field House.
The Boston Celtics entered the NBA break splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 113 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 23.6 points and 7.1 rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 21.2 points and 4.9 assists. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks entered the NBA break losing four of their last five games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 118.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.6 points and 13.7 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 21.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.7 rebounds per game.
The Celtics are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games as an underdog, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 Friday games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Bucks last 8 overall. The Celtics are 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings in Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Bucks have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Boston Celtics, and they looked sharp in their scrimmages to indicate little to no rust. The Boston Celtics are at full strength and have been very kind to us in the underdog role this season. However, I need a couple more points to consider Boston in this spot. The Milwaukee Bucks are usually money in these small favorite roles with a lot of their victories coming in blowouts. I have to lay the reasonable number with the Bucks.