The Celtics with arguably the best defense in the playoffs are going up against the Khris Middleton-less Bucks in a game where the Bucks for the first time in the postseason will be considered underdogs. Owing to the Celtics' incredible feat against the Kevin Durant and Kyrie led Brooklyn Nets who were once considered title contenders. The Celtics who finished the regular season as 2nd seed will have the home-court advantage over the 3rd seed Bucks.
The match starts at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday,1 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1. The match venue is TD Garden, Boston, MA.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks (May 1) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks latest odds on betting sites
The Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional), while the Milwaukee Bucks money line odds are priced at 2.70 (+170; 17/10). This equals approximate probabilities of 66% against 34% respectively.
- Over 217.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 217.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Boston Celtics -4.5: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Milwaukee Bucks +4.5: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks match preview and statistics
The Celtics, under Ime Udoka’s guidance, have been beyond impressive both in the second half of the regular season and more importantly in the playoffs. The Celtics to everyone’s surprise didn’t just eliminate the Nets, they did it in 4 games handing the Nets an embarrassing sweep. The Celtics with their aggressive defense forced Kevin Durant to a 38.6 field goal percentage, his worst since his first season in the league.
The Celtics in game 4 against the Nets were led in scoring by Jason Tatum with 29 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds. Jaylen Brown dropped 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
The DPOY Marcus Smart totalled 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists while Grant Williams from the bench tallied 14 points and 3 rebounds.
Team statistics: 42/89 (47.2%) field goals, 14/35 (40.0%) 3 pointers, 18/22 (81.8%) free throws, 26 assists, 45 total rebounds, 4 blocks, 3 steals, 13 turnovers, 28 fouls.
Boston Celtics team news: no injury reported.
The Bucks, who lost Khris Middleton to an MCL sprain in game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against the Bulls had to make adjustments to fill in for their injured star who’s the second-best scorer in the team. His absence required the other players like Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis to step up. The Bucks proceeded to win the next 3 games without Khris Middleton, closing out the series 4-1.
In-Game 5 against the Bulls, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists while Pat Connaughton followed up with 20 points.
Bobby Portis finished with 14 points, and 17 boards while Brook Lopez added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Team statistics: 43/87 (49.4%) field goals, 14/36 (38.9%) 3 pointers, 16/20 (80.0%) free throws, 23 assists, 51 total rebounds, 10 steals, 2 blocks, 16 turnovers, 13 fouls.
Milwaukee Bucks team news: Khris Middleton and George Hill are ruled out for the match.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks H2H
The Celtics are 21-18 all-time against the Bucks. The last time they played in the postseason was in the 2018-2019 Eastern Conference semifinals where the Bucks won the series 4-1.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks lineups and key players
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Marcus Smart
- Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
- Small forward: Jayson Tatum
- Power forward: Al Horford
- Center: Daniel Theis
Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He led the team with 29.5ppg and he was key to locking up Kevin Durant in the Nets series. He will be needed to deliver big on both offensive and defensive ends against the Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Jrue Holiday
- Shooting guard: Wesley Matthews
- Small forward: Bobby Portis
- Power forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Center: Brook Lopez
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the key player to watch out for. He averaged a whopping 28.6 ppg in the series against the Bull where he inspired the Milwaukee Bucks to win the next 3 games without Khris Middleton.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks predictions and betting tips
It’s a dicey one between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, The Bucks are the reigning NBA Champions, so they’d always have that edge and playoffs experience but they are without one of their important players in the person of Khris Middleton who’s known to take the pressure off Giannis, especially in crunch time. Heading into the second round of the playoffs, The Bucks are playing against the Boston Celtics who in this playoffs have the best defense and have locked up two of arguably the most skilled players in the NBA.
The Bucks have Giannis Antetokounmo who literally bullies his way to the paint with his freak athleticism and he contributed largely to the Bucks’ 232 points in paint vs the Bulls. The Celtics have Robert Williams, Daniel Theis and Al Horford to protect the paint, they’d have to bring their A-game to at least make buckets difficult for the Greek Freak. Jayson Tatum was pivotal in the series against the Nets averaging 29.5ppg and 7.3apg, his highest number of assists in his career. The Celtics are sharing the ball well and are playing as a team. If the Celtics can continue to play the way they did against the Nets and at least take-out Giannis’ help, they are poised to win. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 217.5 points.
Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win
Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 217.5 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)