Bucks @ Celtics: Milwaukee eyes consecutive wins in Boston
Bucks @ Celtics NBA odds spreads and predictions
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to take a 3-1 series lead over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.
The Bucks rolled in Game 3 at the TD Garden.
MVP frontrunner Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and three blocks for the Bucks in a 123-116 victory over the Celtics.
Khris Middleton added 20 points, four rebounds, five assists and three steals, George Hill contributed 21 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench, and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 13 points for the Bucks.
When is it? Monday May 6th
What time is tip off? 7:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? TD Garden
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, are in a must-win situation come Monday night.
In Game 3, Kyrie Irving finished with a team-high 29 points to go along with three rebounds, six assists and three steals, Jayson Tatum contributed 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Al Horford had 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Jaylen Brown added 18 points and five rebounds, and Marcus Morris chipped in 16 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks for the Celtics in the loss.
Bucks @ Celtics Spread
The Boston Celtics are giving the Bucks 1.5 points in this basketball game.
The Celtics will have their backs against the wall in this one, but quite frankly, I don't think it matters.
The Bucks, led by Antetokounmpo, are clearly by far the better team. The Bucks will look to bury the Celtics in Game 4 and seal the deal in Game 5 back in Milwaukee.
Kyrie Irving's time in Boston will be coming to an end shortly.
Roll with Milwaukee here.
Bucks @ Celtics Over/Under
The over/under in this one is set at 221 total points.
My final score prediction: Milwaukee Bucks 110, Boston Celtics 107.
Take the under in this matchup.
Where the game will be won or lost
The Milwaukee Bucks went more than 30 years in between playoff wins at Boston.
They'd rather just go three days between their most recent postseason victory in Boston and their next potential win on Monday night. The Bucks will look to take a convincing lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals when they visit the Celtics in Game 4.
Milwaukee took a 2-1 series lead on Friday, when Antetokounmpo nearly piled up a triple-double (32 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists) as the Bucks outlasted the Celtics 123-116.
It was the first playoff win in Boston for the Bucks since May 13, 1987. Milwaukee was just 0-5 in that span, but four of those losses came in an Eastern Conference first-round series last year, when the Celtics earned a game seven win.
The Bucks went 27-14 on the road in the regular season, which tied them with the Golden State Warriors for the best road mark in the NBA.
The Celtics are definitely concerned with the impact Antetokounmpo is having on the game after he went 16-for-22 from the free-throw line in Game 3. He is just the sixth player this decade to take at least 22 trips to the line in a playoff game and first since Jimmy Butler had 24 free-throw attempts for the Chicago Bulls against the Celtics in a first-round game on Apr. 23, 2017.
The Bucks will once again be without guard Malcolm Brogdon due to a right plantar fascia tear. On the other hand, the Celtics could get guard Marcus Smart back for Game 4.