Bucks Bounce Back & Warriors Take 2-0 Lead

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:59 AM UTC

Wednesday, May. 1, 2019 11:59 AM UTC

Let’s recap what happened in the Celtics-Bucks and Rockets-Warriors conference semifinals Game 2s on Tuesday night.

<p>One had to expect the Eastern Conference top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks to bounce back at home after being dominated in a Game 1 loss to Boston Celtics. However, at SBR about 54 percent of the wagers for <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-milwaukee-bucks-3782756/odds/" target="_blank">Tuesday’s Game 2</a> were on the Celtics getting between 7.5-8 points.</p><p>The Bucks rolled to a 123-102 victory, going over the total of 219.5. That also was a loss for bettors as 56 percent of bets were on the under. After a subpar Game 1, Giannis Antetokounmpo was able to get to the rim more Tuesday and had 29 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of these playoffs. It was close at the half, but Milwaukee outscored Boston 39-18 in the third to blow it open – including a 24-2 run.</p><p>While the Freak was much better, perhaps more important he got some help after the supporting cast stunk in Game 1. Khris Middleton exploded for 28 points by making 7-for-10 from deep, Eric Bledsoe had 21 points and Brook Lopez 10. Bledsoe had just six points in Game 1 and Lopez three.</p><p>Coach Mike Budenholzer made a change to his starting five as well, moving Nikola Mirotic in and Sterling Brown out – partly because Brown was limited by a back issue. Mirotic was plus-22 in his 25 minutes, while Brown played just 13, was scoreless and was minus-12.</p><p>Kyrie Irving, so good for Boston in Game 1, was held to just nine points on 4-for-18 shooting. The Celtics aren’t beating anyone if he shoots like that. Let’s call it a fluke, though, as it was just the second time in 58 career postseason games that Irving had finished under double figures scoring. The shooting percentage was the third-worst of his postseason career. He went 4-of-8 from the field against Bledsoe and George Hill and 0-of-9 against all other defenders.</p><p>Marcus Morris led Boston with 17 points. Gordon Hayward was awful off the bench in shooting just 1-for-5 and going a team-worst minus-30 in 31 minutes.</p><p>The Celtics opened as 1.5-point favorites at BetOnline at home for Friday’s Game 3. Milwaukee is a -215 favorite on the series line with Boston at +175.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/Bucks/status/1123415540318519297">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;The best plays as the Bucks even the series!!&lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/FearTheDeer?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#FearTheDeer&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/94lwAHztPQ\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/94lwAHztPQ&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Bucks/status/1123415540318519297?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;May 1, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</a></p><p> </p><p></p><h2>Two MVPs Banged Up In Rockets-Warriors Game 2</h2><p></p><p>Huge bad beat for Rockets bettors in <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/houston-rockets-vs-golden-state-warriors-3784334/odds/" target="_blank">Game 2 at Golden State</a>. Houston generally closed as a 5-5.5 point underdog at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/best-sportsbooks/" target="_blank">SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks</a>. A James Harden dunk with three seconds left cut Golden State’s lead to 113-109 – obviously would have been a Rockets cover. However, Houston fouled Kevin Durant, and he made both free throws to make the final score 115-109. SBR had bettors with a 57 percent lean on Houston getting the points. Over 222 took a 54 percent lean.</p><p>Perhaps the biggest story line of Game 2 was two former MVPs, Steph Curry and Harden, both leaving for a stretch due to injury. Curry dislocated the left (non-shooting) middle finger on his left hand, and Harden was inadvertently hit in both eyes and had trouble seeing the rest of the night. Harden had bleeding in both eyes and suffered a laceration on his left eyelid. Curry briefly went to the locker room, had the finger popped back in and taped to an adjacent one.</p><p>Both injuries were simply accidental. Curry finished with 20 points on 6-for-16 shooting and Harden 29 on 9-for-19. Houston outshot the Warriors (46.8 percent to 46.2) and made six more three points (17 to 11) but the Rockets turned it over 17 times and were outrebounded – especially on the offensive end (18-10).</p><p>Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 29 points and is simply unstoppable right now. Klay Thompson had 21 and Draymond Green perhaps his best game of these playoffs with 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Clint Capela had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rockets but was a team-worst minus-19.</p><p>For TV reasons, this series gets a break until Saturday (both Curry and Harden might need the extra time), with Houston a 4-point favorite for Game 3.</p>
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