Celtics Set for Garden Party in Key Game Tuesday vs. Bucks

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Swinging Johnson

Monday, April 23, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 23, 2018 2:17 PM UTC

Milwaukee evened the best-of-seven series by getting two wins at home. Now the venue has shifted back to Boston, where the Green hopes to take a critical Game 5 on Tuesday night.

NBA Tuesday: By The NumbersBucks (46-40 SU, 36-45-5 ATS) vs. Celtics (57-29 SU, 51-31-4 ATS)Free NBA Pick: Celtics -2½Best Line Offered: SkyBook

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  • Boston is 10-3 ATS after three or more consecutive "overs" this season.
  • Boston is 18-5 ATS revenging a loss vs. opponent this season.
  • Boston is 22-17 ATS at home this season.
  • Milwaukee is 8-17 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record in the 2nd half of the season this season.
  • Milwaukee is 3-7 ATS on Tuesday nights this season.
  • Milwaukee is 16-18 ATS as an underdog this season.

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Despite the loss in Game 4, Jaylen Brown carried us with his career-high 34 points and his relentless effort. pic.twitter.com/r4gQEg3joE

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 22, 2018
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Game Analysis

The Celtics erased a 20-point Bucks’ lead, ever so briefly, when they went ahead 100-99 with just 52 seconds remaining in their Game 4 showdown on Sunday. But Milwaukee was determined not to let the ghosts of playoffs past haunt them as Malcolm Brogdon hit a huge three-point shot to put the Bucks back on top late in the fourth quarter. After baskets were traded and Boston took the lead again, it was the Greek Freak, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who tipped in a missed shot for the game winner with five seconds left on the clock. Boston’s Marcus Morris tossed up a desperation shot at the buzzer but to no avail, as Milwaukee won Game 4, 104-102.

The Bucks delivered their second consecutive victory at home but all those who backed Boston in their NBA picks came away with a winner as the C’s covered the number as six-point road pups. Despite the loss, the Celtics rebounded with grit and determination after getting waxed 116-92 in their previous meeting with Milwaukee. However, their slow start proved to be fatal as they fell behind by 16 at the half and had to battle throughout the second in order to keep it close. Jaylen Brown had 34 points to lead the Celtics and was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. Four of five Boston starters scored in double-digits while center Aron Baynes had just nine but pulled down 11 boards in only 19 minutes of action.

So here we are in Game 5 where the series returns to Boston. One thing we do know is that Milwaukee would be nowhere without the Greek Freak and Khris Middleton. Imagine how lopsided this series would be if Boston had their two top stars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, suited up against Milwaukee. Nevertheless, Boston head coach Brad Stevens has cobbled together a formidable strategy using young talents mixed with veteran role players. If either Antetokounmpo or Middleton does not have a stellar performance on Tuesday night then the Celtics will not only win the game but will cover the number with ease.

As of this Monday morning writing, the NBA odds board board is reflecting Boston as a 2½-point favorite and we feel that’s a number worth biting on as Boston looked sharp after their first-half malaise in Game 4. In addition, Milwaukee will be back in hostile territory where they are just 1-3 ATS in the four meetings in Boston this season. Lay the small number with the Celtics and cash a ticket.

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