Celtics Poised to Deliver the Green Over Bucks on Tuesday in Game 2

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, April 16, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 3:19 PM UTC

Boston took Game 1 against Milwaukee in a 113-107 overtime thriller. Let’s analyze the Game 2 matchup to see which side has the edge when the series resumes Tuesday night.

NBA Tuesday: By The NumbersBucks (44-39 SU, 35-43-5 ATS) vs. Celtics (56-27 SU, 49-30-4 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Celtics -3Best Line Offered: Skybook

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  • Boston is 8-2 ATS after three or more consecutive "overs."
  • Boston is 25-14 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.
  • Boston is 28-15 ATS versus good offensive teams (scoring 106+ points per game).
  • Milwaukee is 13-21 ATS in the second half of the season.
  • Milwaukee is 7-15 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record (second half of the season this season).
  • Milwaukee is 16-18 ATS as an underdog this season.

Game Analysis

The difference between a fan and a bettor was never more evident than when Milwaukee's Khris Middleton hit a game-tying three at the buzzer in Game 1 on Sunday. Fans groaned while Boston backers cheered. Of course, the reason was that all those who laid the 3½ points on the Green were thrilled that their boys had a chance in overtime to cover the number. Losing by a hook is agonizing but it all turned around when the Celtics drew away to a six-point win and allowed those who backed the Celtics to cash in their NBA picks.

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Three of our young guns made their first career playoff starts today, and all three played like poised veterans while leading us to a Game 1 win: https://t.co/AsYVdimNit

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 15, 2018
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As we take a quick glance at the NBA odds board we can see that all the major online sportsbooks are hanging Boston -3. Although the handicappers who advised a play on the Celtics in Game 1 were ultimately proven correct, it was certainly a much more closely contested game than they believed. Now we move on to Game 2 with the Celtics looking to put a chokehold on the series by winning both games on their home court and hoping to get at least one win in Milwaukee, if not ending it in four.

What we learned from Game 1 is that Milwaukee is far more one-dimensional than Boston. The Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, kept the Bucks close even after they were outscored 29-17 in the first quarter. When the dust settled, Antetokounmpo delivered 35 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Conversely, the Celtics spread the scoring around with five players in double digits and a huge effort from the mercurial Al Horford, who led Boston with 24 points and 12 boards. As we look into this game we see two young Boston talents, Jaylen Brown and Jason Taum, who acquitted themselves quite nicely with 20 and 19 points, respectively. In addition, super-sub Marcus Morris tallied 21 points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action.

The long and the short of this tale is that the Celtics have clearly moved on from life without Kyrie Irving. Terry Rozier, Irving’s backup, has not shunned the postseason spotlight as evidenced by his 23 points in Game 1. Let’s go back to the well and watch the Celtics’ depth bring us a cover. If the Greek Freak does not have another phenomenal game, this one could be over sooner than later. Lay the three with the home chalk.

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