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The second-round series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks has been one giant game of tug-of-war. Milwaukee took Game 1. The Celtics responded in Game 2. Rinse. Repeat. We're through six games, and neither team has won two in a row. It's a pattern of resilience as whichever team finds itself backed against the wall seems to find a way to fight its way back into control.
That pattern would seemingly favor the Bucks, coming off a disappointing home loss to the Celtics in Friday's Game 6, but history suggests that their best chance at winning this thing may have slipped away. Home teams win 80 percent of Game 7s, and Boston will host this showdown because the Bucks threw away their final game of the regular season in order to avoid the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. That decision could come back to haunt them on Sunday, but they have the best player in the world, and Giannis Antetokounmpo won't go down without a fight. Here's how you can tune into his showdown with Boston for a trip to the Eastern Conference finals.
Tip-off is at 2:30 p.m. ET in Boston. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Celtics as 5.5-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 213.5 in the latest Bucks vs. Celtics odds. Before you make any Celtics vs. Bucks picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Bucks vs. Celtics and just locked in its picks and NBA playoff predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Bucks vs. Celtics:
After two games on the road, the Boston Celtics are heading back home. They will square off against the Milwaukee Bucks at 2:30 p.m. ET Wednesday at TD Garden. Boston will be strutting in after a win while Milwaukee will be stumbling in from a loss.
The Celtics are hoping for another victory. They came out on top against the Bucks by a score of 116-108 on Monday. Boston's power forward Al Horford was one of the most active players for the squad, shooting 5-for-7 from downtown and finishing with 30 points and eight rebounds.
Milwaukee and Boston now sit at an identical 2-2. Both teams are in the playoff hunt, so this is a critical contest.
Boston is the favorite in this one, with an expected 5.5-point margin of victory. They are currently three-for-three against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
A pair of numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: The Celtics rank first in the league when it comes to points allowed per game, with only 104.5 on average. But the Bucks enter the matchup with 115.5 points per game on average, good for third best in the league. We'll see which of these strengths -- offense or defense -- will win out.
How To Watch
When: Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. ET
Where: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
Follow: CBS Sports App
Ticket Cost: $155.00
Why the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee's offense is prolific and the team's defense is playing fantastic basketball in the playoffs. The Bucks were in the top five of the NBA in offensive efficiency during the regular season, scoring more than 1.14 points per possession. Milwaukee is potent from three-point range, making 36.6 percent of attempts from beyond the arc, and the Bucks landed in the top ten in two-point accuracy (54.4 percent) and free throw creation (22.9 attempts per game). The Bucks also took care of the ball well during the regular season, committing 13.4 turnovers per game, and Milwaukee has only a 12.9 percent turnover rate in the series.
On defense, the Bucks lead the entire NBA Playoffs with a 99.4 defensive rating. Milwaukee also leads the postseason in field goal percentage allowed (41.0 percent) and free throw attempts allowed (17.9 per game), with a sky-high 80.2 percent defensive rebound rate. Boston is shooting only 41.8 percent from the field in the series, and the Bucks are yielding only 32.6 percent three-point shooting in the entire playoffs.
Why the Celtics can cover
Boston's offense clicked on all cylinders down the stretch of Game 4, scoring 1.87 points per possession in the fourth quarter and scoring 43 points in a 12-minute period. While the Celtics are notably strong on offense overall, the team's defense is truly elite. Boston is allowing only 100.5 points per 100 possessions in the series, and the Celtics are allowing only 20.6 assists per game in the playoffs and 19.0 assists in the series.
Milwaukee is shooting only 42.1 percent from the floor and 29.2 percent from 3-point range against Boston, and the Celtics led the NBA in myriad defensive categories during the regular season. Boston finished as the top team in the league in defensive efficiency, giving up only 1.06 points per possession, and the Celtics also led the way in field goal percentage allowed (43.4 percent), 3-point percentage allowed (33.9 percent), and two-point percentage allowed (49.7 percent).
How to make Bucks vs. Celtics picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 226 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Celtics vs. Bucks Game 5 pick at SportsLine