Boston Celtics (58-29) at Milwaukee Bucks (46-41)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -5 -- Over/Under: 200
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in game six of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Boston Celtics can end this playoff series with a victory and advance to play the Philadelphia 76ers. The Boston Celtics are averaging 103.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 50.4 percent shooting. Jaylen Brown is averaging 21.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while Al Horford is averaging 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. Terry Rozier is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Morris is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 77.1 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 39.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost five straight road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks need a victory here to save their season and force a game seven on Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 104 points on 50.4 percent shooting and allowing 103.8 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 25.4 points and 8.8 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 25 points and 3.6 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Parker is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 39.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last six home games.
The Celtics are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Conference Quarterfinals games, 36-16 ATS in their last 52 road games and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Bucks are 15-32-4 ATS in their last 51 home games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee, 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The home team has won every game this series and pretty much controlled each game as well from start to finish. And despite a loss in game five, the Milwaukee Bucks have to feel good about themselves considering they lost by five points while shooting just 36.8 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three. Everybody on the Bucks can play better than what they did, and they usually do on their home court. The Celtics have been bullied in both games in Milwaukee and don't get the same play out of their role players that they usually do in Boston, as the younger guys thrive off the home crowd. Look for Antetokounmpo and others to takeover and lead the Bucks to a comfortable victory.
There will be a game seven on Saturday.