Given Milwaukee's extreme troubles, we can't be taken aback by the fact they're home underdogs, even up against a rebuilding Boston team. The Celtics are favored by either 2 or 2.5 points depending on the book, while the total's at 187 points.
For the season, Boston is 7-11 SU and 10-8 ATS and Milwaukee is 2-13 SU and 4-11 ATS.
The Celtics have been very competitive over the past week, winning three of four. They topped Atlanta (94-87), Charlotte (96-86) and Cleveland (103-86) while losing by only seven to Memphis.
Last night's win over the Cavaliers was about as easy as they come. Boston got out to a 28-10 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
Jeff Green went off for 31 points on 10-of-19 shooting, while Avery Bradley had 21 points (9-of-11 FG) to go along with three rebounds and three assists. Jordan Crawford came up with a triple-double, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while Brandon Bass and Jared Sullinger scored in double figures too.
A 7-11 record is hardly anything to write home about, but Brad Stevens has these guys playing hard every night and they've been out-performing early expectations so far.
A good effort game in and game out has led to the Celtics ranking in the top ten in defensive efficiency. They're allowing 100.3 points per 100 possessions, making up for the fact they're ranked #25 on the offensive side (96.1 points per 100 possessions).
What is going on with our NBA Picks of the Day?
Tough times for Bucks fan. They've lost 11 straight games and are having a hard time even avoiding a blowout every game.
Milwaukee was also in action last night, but they lost by 16 in Charlotte as 4.5-point underdogs on the NBA odds board.
The Bucks couldn't have been more ice cold shooting the ball. They shot 33.3 percent from the floor overall (28-of-84) and were 5-of-17 from beyond the arc. Brandon Knight, Ekpe Udoh and Gary Neal were the only three Milwaukee players to reach double figures in scoring.
It's a pretty messy situation for the Bucks, as Larry Drew can't seem to figure out how to best use his collection of players.
There's a lot of young talent here, including John Henson, Khris Middleton, Brandon Knight and the injured Larry Sanders. But the pieces are just not coming together at all right now and the results speak for themselves.
As an injury heads up, Courtney Lee (knee) and Keith Bogans (illness) are questionable as of now, while Caron Butler (knee) is questionable and Ersan Ilyasova (hamstring) is doubtful.
The Bucks won the first meeting of the season (105-98) back in the very early stages of the season, but since then they've lost 12 of 13.
Boston hasn't been much better, but they have won three of four heading into tonight's game, two of which came on the road. Moreover, the Celtics come in with a 7-3 ATS record away from Beantown, while the Bucks are a miserable 1-6 ATS at home.
The Celtics, despite a lack of top talent, are simply playing better team ball and we're finding it really hard to have any trust in the Bucks right now. Take Boston for your NBA picks as a small road favorite.
Free Pick: Boston Celtics -2