Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics prediction and betting tips (May 7)
The reigning NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks face the Boston Celtics who have played the best defence so far in the playoffs in Game 3 of the second round of 2022 NBA playoffs. The series is at 1-1.
Jayson Tatum (Celtics) scored 29 points in game 2 against the Bucks
Jayson Tatum (Celtics) scored 29 points in game 2 against the Bucks

The Bucks who had their way with the Chicago Bulls in a 4-1 first-round win go against the Celtics who are making use of the same strategy they utilized against the Brooklyn Nets in the 4-0 sweep in round 1 as well. The Celtics’ defence held off the Milwaukee Bucks in game 2 to bring the series to level terms. The Boston Celtics now head to the Fiserv Forum to play the Milwaukee Bucks in game 3 of the most exciting matchup in the playoffs.

The match starts at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday,7 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. The match venue is Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics (May 7) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics latest odds on betting sites

The Milwaukee Bucks money line odds are priced at 1.77 (-130 American; 10/13 Fractional), while the Boston Celtics money line odds are priced at 2.10 (+110; 11/10). This equals approximate probabilities of 66% against 34% respectively.

Over/Under:

  • Over 213.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Under 213.0 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)

Spread:

  • Milwaukee Bucks -2.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Boston Celtics +2.50: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics match preview and statistics

The Bucks, who are still without Khris Middleton and are mostly reliant on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s performance, lost by 23 points to the Boston Celtics in game 2. The Boston Celtics held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 28 points on 11 of 27 shooting from the field, 9 rebounds and 7 assists.

Jrue Holiday followed up with 19 points, 4 boards and 7 assists and 2 steals while Bobby Portis dropped 13 points and 8 boards.

Pat Connaughton from the bench scored 13 points and added 8 rebounds.

Team statistics: 34/73 (46.6%) field goals, 3/18 (16.7%) 3 pointers, 15/23 (65.2%) free throws, 16 assists, 37 total rebounds, 4 steals, 5 blocks, 16 turnovers, 19 fouls.

Milwaukee Bucks team news: Khris Middleton and George Hill are ruled out for the match.

The Celtics have shown the great importance of a good coach in the NBA, especially in the postseason. Under Ime Udoka’s guidance, the Celtics came back from a bad game 1 performance by not only holding off Giannis Antetokounmpo but also taking out the role players that take the load off the reigning MVP.

Jaylen Brown led the team with 30 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds while Jayson Tatum followed up with 29 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals.

Al Horford had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and a block in an impressive defensive performance. Grant Williams was a big difference-maker for the Celtics contributing 21 of the 28 bench points for the Celtics.

Team statistics: 38/80 (47.5%) field goals, 20/43 (46.5%) 3 pointers, 13/15 (86.7%) free throws, 28 assists, 40 total rebounds, 5 blocks, 10 steals, 11 turnovers, 23 fouls.

Boston Celtics team news: Marcus Smart remains questionable for game 3.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics H2H

The Celtics are 22-19 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. This series is tied at 1-1.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics lineups and key players

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 dropped 28 points against the Celtics' defense in game 2 and that brings his tally in the series to 26.0ppg. Also, his playmaking is not left out with 9.5 apg in the series.

Boston Celtics projected starting lineup:

  • Point guard: Derrick White
  • Shooting guard: Jaylen Brown
  • Small forward: Jayson Tatum
  • Power forward: Al Horford
  • Center: Robert Williams III

Jayson Tatum is the key player to watch out for. He scored 29 points in game 2 against the Bucks, he has averaged 25.0 ppg in the series and his defensive effort with 2.5 steals per game is coming up big for the Celtics.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics predictions and betting tips

The Boston Celtics were without their best defensive player in person of the reigning DPOY, Marcus Smart in game 2 yet, they held the Bucks to 86 points compared to the 105.1 points the Bucks averaged per game in the playoffs. The Boston Celtics compared to game 1 didn’t double team Giannis Antetokounmpo irrationally, it was with intent, smart double teams to force the reigning MVP to take difficult shots. Grant Williams played an important role in holding off the Greek freak and forcing turnovers out of him.

The Bucks had only 3 of their starting five players scoring double digits in points, the Celtics took out Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen who had a huge role in the Bucks' game 1 win to 13 and 5 points respectively compared to game 1 where they both combined for 26 points. Also what contributed to the Bucks' woes was their poor shooting from the 3-point line making only 3 of their attempted 18 3-pointers. The Celtics on the other hand made 20 of 43 attempted 3-pointers outscoring the Bucks by 51 points from long range. Unless the Bucks role players step up, the Celtics seem to have the Bucks figured out and with Marcus Smart expected to return for game 3, the Bucks' home-court advantage won’t matter as the Celtics are poised to win the game. Predictions for this game are the Boston Celtics to win and over 213 points.

Betting prediction: Boston Celtics to win

Odds: 2.10 (+110 American; 11/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 213 points

Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)

Basketball NBA . Playoff Round 2. Game 3
Milwaukee Bucks — Boston Celtics
Not settled
Over 213 points
1.91
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