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Bucks vs Celtics Prediction, Odds and NBA Picks Wednesday, March 20

The Boston Celtics are moderately favored in this rubber match against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. It is surprising to see the spread when you bet the NBA online on Boston considering these teams’ reputations. But the Celtics have proven themselves a tier above the rest of the conference while Milwaukee, despite improving recently, has been hard to bet consistently. Injuries, however, may change the picture here.


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Bucks vs Celtics Game Information

  • Game: Bucks (44-24) vs Celtics (54-14)
  • Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Day Game: March 20
  • Location: TD Garden, Boston
  • Bucks vs Celtics Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


Boston is -8 as an NBA pick against the spread per the oddsmakers, but the number could shift depending on the final injury reports on stars such as Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Boston’s Jaylen Brown. The total is also set at 225½ points despite the firepower on both sides. We estimate this to be too low.


Bucks vs Celtics Head-to-Head


Bucks vs Celtics Odds and Spreads


  • The Celtics are 2-4 ATS in their last six games against a Central Division opponent.
  • The Bucks are 3-1 when Giannis Antetokounmpo does not play this season.
  • Milwaukee is 8-1 ATS in its last nine games facing Atlantic Division opponents.
  • The total has gone over in four of Boston’s last seven games when the total is set in the 220s.
  • The over is 3-0 in Milwaukee’s last three games when the total is set in the 220s
  • The total has gone over in three of Boston’s and Milwaukee’s last five matchups.
  • Celtics G Jrue Holiday is averaging 2.6 steals+blocks in 11 games after the All-Star break.

Bucks vs Celtics ATS Pick: Bucks +8

The hefty Celtics spread is a result of the potential unavailability of Antetokounmpo. He missed the last game with a hamstring injury and could miss this one. Still, we’re not buying the NBA lines movement and like Milwaukee in this spot. The Bucks have improved under Doc Rivers.

Milwaukee was a small underdog in beating Phoenix and the LA Clippers while also owning wins over Denver and Minnesota under Rivers’s tenure. The Celtics are not so healthy themselves and either Holiday or Brown could be limited in this contest.

The NBA betting odds all point to Boston blowing out Milwaukee. It has been nearly peerless in recent contests and is 5-1 ATS in its last six contests against the Bucks. But Milwaukee’s familiarity with Boston, combined with its recent record (9-3 after the All-Star break), is enough for us to take the points on the visitors.



Bucks vs Celtics Over/Under Pick: Over 225½

Milwaukee’s offense is ranked the sixth-best post-All-Star break and its 56.6% effective field goal rate is in the same category. On the flip side, Boston also puts up more than 123 points per home game. Hence, despite Boston’s slow pace and top-five defense, we’re betting online on the total to go over.



Bucks vs Celtics Player Prop Pick: Jrue Holiday 1+ Blocked Shots (+125)

We’re talking about offense, but we can’t ignore one of the best NBA prop bets today: the blocks props on Jrue Holiday. While he can struggle on offense, Holiday is arguably the best defensive guard in the league. He should swat at least one shot.

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Bucks vs Celtics Game Prediction

Boston Celtics 120 Milwaukee Bucks 114



Questions of the Day

Which team is most likely to score over 120 points between Milwaukee and Boston?

The Celtics average over 121 points and could hit that mark in this matchup.

Which Celtics player is most likely to lead the game in steals?

Should he play, Jrue Holiday could lead the game in steals. He had seven swipes over the last four games.


The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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