Celtics Are Favored
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have alternated beating each other but can the Celtics finally close out the Bucks? The NBA betting lines favor Boston although the underdog has won in each of the last three games. After a strong showing in Game 6, Boston is rightfully favored though it will have to get past Milwaukee’s unstoppable superstar.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Can’t Carry Milwaukee Bucks
From 1959-66, the great Wilt Chamberlain set NBA record books on fire by averaging 39.6 points and 24.8 boards all for his team to make one NBA Finals appearance. The moral of the story is? One player can only do so much and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the two-time MVP, finds himself in this situation.
The “Greek Freak” is putting up monster stat lines of 35.3 points, 13.8 boards, and 6.8 assists. He leads the team in several categories but the rest of the team needs to step up. Jrue Holiday is still struggling on offense and Pat Connaughton is the only other Buck averaging double figures in scoring.
Milwaukee is still playing some top-notch defense and has outrebounded Boston and forced it to commit turnovers when it matters. But if the team, outside of Antetokounmpo, continues to get neutralized, betting online against it would be the play to make.
Which Jayson Tatum Will the Boston Celtics Get?
The Boston Celtics survived the Milwaukee Bucks thanks to a monster game from Jayson Tatum. The streaky superstar saw the Bucks’ Greek Freak and said, “hold my Gatorade” as he matched Antetokounmpo’s performance with his own: 46 points and nine boards on 17-of-32 shooting including 7-of-15 from 3.
Tatum needs to pull this off again for the most important game of the Celtics’ season thus far. In six games against Milwaukee, Tatum has alternated strong performances with ghastly ones. It’s no surprise that when he shoots under 42.3 percent (his average in this series), the Celtics lose to the Bucks.
JAYSON TATUM: superstar performance to save the season in a road Game 6. NOW FOR THE BIGGER QUESTION: Can he validate tonight with another superstar performance in a home Game 7? This is not the time for another 6-19 or 4-23. Time for SUPERSTAR. Celts go as JT goes.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 14, 2022
If the trend holds, Tatum could go cold and Boston loses. But like the last game, an efficient outing from Tatum will mean a Conference Finals rematch between the Celtics and the Heat.
Bucks vs Celtics Head-to-Head
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks have both won the same amount of games but Boston is 4-2 against the spread (ATS). The underdog has also covered every game except for Game 2 and the under has cashed on four of the six games.
Bucks vs Celtics Game Information
- Game: Milwaukee Bucks (51-31) vs Boston Celtics (51-31)
- Location: TD Garden
- Day/Time: Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET
- Television: ABC
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
Bucks vs Celtics Betting Lines
Bucks vs Celtics Prediction
The Boston Celtics had near-identical Las Vegas odds for Game 5 and we know how that turned out: a late rally by the Milwaukee Bucks to “steal” the game. We don’t see that happening this time. The Bucks had a clutch moment and Boston momentarily lost focus. Game 6 showed that the Celtics just have too much firepower and depth for Milwaukee.
Tatum does not need to go bonkers for the Celtics to win either. He just needs to choose his shots more effectively. He has stayed inconsistent on this part but thankfully for him, he has a stronger supporting cast than Giannis Antetokounmpo thus giving Boston a larger margin for error than Milwaukee. Take the Celtics.