Bucks vs. Celtics Game 2 Predictions

by | Last updated May 3, 2022 | nba

Milwaukee Bucks (56-32 SU, 43-45-0 ATS) vs. Boston Celtics (55-32 SU, 46-38-3 ATS)

When: Tuesday May 03 2022, 07:00 PM (ET)

Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts


Point Spread: MIL +4.5/BOS -4.5 (Opened BOS -4 at SportsBetting.ag)

Total: 215.5 (Opened at 215)

Money Line: Milwaukee Bucks +156/Boston Celtics -191

Power Rating:

Probable Starting Lineups

Milwaukee Bucks PG Jrue Holiday, SG Wesley Matthews, SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, PF Bobby Portis, C Brook Lopez

Boston Celtics PG Marcus Smart, SG Jaylen Brown P, SF Jayson Tatum, PF Al Horford, C Robert Williams

Key Injuries

Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton: Knee (OUT)
George Hill: Abdominal (OUT)

Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart: Quadricep (QUESTIONABLE)

The Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks in an Eastern-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 07:00 PM ET at the TD Garden.

Recent Form

The Milwaukee Bucks come into this game with an overall record of 51-31, placing them 3rd in the Eastern Conference. So far, Milwaukee is above .500 on the road, holding a record of 27-17. Over their last five games, the Bucks have played well, picking up 4 wins. In this stretch, Milwaukee’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 111.0 points per game. Combined, the Bucks’ last five opponents are giving up 110.0 points per contest. Milwaukee comes into this game also playing well defensively, holding their opponents to just 96.0 points per game. An improvement on their season average of 110.9. In the Milwaukee Bucks’ most recent game, Milwaukee took down Boston by a score of 101-89

The Boston Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 51-31, placing them 4th in the Eastern Conference. So far, Boston is above .500 at home, holding a record of 30-14. The Celtics have played well over their last five games, picking up 4 wins. In this stretch, Boston’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 109.0 points per game. Combined, the Celtics’ last five opponents are giving up 112.0 points per contest. The Celtics have been picking up victories while holding opponents to an average of 107.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 104.6. In the Boston Celtics’ most recent game, the team fell to Milwaukee by a score of 101-89.

Individual Player Analysis

As Milwaukee travels to take on the Boston Celtics, the Bucks’ leading scorer is Giannis Antetokounmpo. Through 68 games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 29 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 50.0% of his games. So far, the Celtics are allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 50.0% of their games, placing them 15th among NBA defenses. On the other side, Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics in scoring, averaging 26 points across his 76 games. Throughout the season, Tatum has outscored his season average in 47.0% of his outings. Given that Milwaukee’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Jayson Tatum should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Bucks have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 51.67% of their games, giving them a rank of 23rd among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

The Bucks come into this game as the more efficient offensive team, averaging 111.3 points per 100 possessions. When playing as the superior offensive unit, Milwaukee is winning at a rate of 62%. These victories are coming by an average margin of 15.0 points. On the other side, the Celtics hold the advantage on the defensive end of the floor. So far, they have played 41 games as the better defensive team, picking up 28 wins (68%).

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics have met up for 5 games. In their last meeting, Milwaukee picked up a 101-89 win.

How the Public is Betting the Bucks vs Celtics

67% are betting the Celtics against the spread.

52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 215.5

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Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
  • Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

The Milwaukee Bucks kicked off their 2nd round series against the Celtics with an impressive game 1 win. Throughout the contest, the Bucks were happy to allow Boston to take shots from outside, as the Celtics took 50 three-point attempts. On offense, Giannis Antetokounmpo didn’t have his most efficient night but consistently found open shooters on the perimeter. Look for this to be another physical contest. I expect this to be a closer game than the first meeting, with Milwaukee still covering the spread. Bet your Milwaukee vs. Boston pick and ALL your NBA playoffs predictions for FREE by taking advantage of a 50% real cash bonus from one of the web’s top five sportsbooks: Bovada! Bovada Sportsbook (See our Bovada Review) is like a job with good benefits. They have a ton of reasons for a player to bet there, making them uber attractive to choose as your bookie! The 50% bonus up to $250 is just a small variable in what makes them a sportsbook that we ourselves bet at. They give you a rebate on every single bet; even if it wins! Their live wagering platform is all on one page and dynamic. Most live betting platforms SUCK and force you to click a bunch of times which delays the chances of you getting down a bet on the odds you selected. Very frusrating! They pay FAST! Lastly, they’re ROCK SOLID! They’ve been around for over 20 years! That’s important when we’re talking about somebody holding your hard-earned money! Check’em out! You’ll be glad you did!