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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/21/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (21-9) at Boston Celtics (18-12)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Boston Celtics -1.5 -- Over/Under: 224.5
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics meet Friday in NBA action at the TD Garden.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for another victory after winning five of their last six games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 117.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.7 points and 12.9 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 17.4 points and 3.9 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.9 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have split their last six road games.

The Boston Celtics look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.9 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.7 points and 6.5 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Brown is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won seven of their last 10 home games.

The Bucks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games, 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest. The Celtics are 23-7 ATS in their last 30 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Bucks are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston and 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The over is 8-3 in Celtics last 11 overall. The under is 7-1 in Bucks last 8 overall.

The Milwaukee Bucks are back on one of their hot streaks, but they've been horrible ATS on the road this season and have had issues at times playing up to their competition. The Boston Celtics are coming off two bad losses, but they have turned their season around these last couple of weeks and are outscoring teams by 9.6 points at home this season. The Celtics have also won five of the last eight meetings against the Bucks. The Celtics are also one of the best covering home teams in the league dating back to last season. I'll gladly lay the small chalk with the Celtics at home.

Boston Celtics -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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