The team that held the best record in the NBA before the break, the Milwaukee Bucks (53-12), are facing the Boston Celtics (43-21) in this battle between two of the top-3 teams in the East. Bucks had a hard time before the hiatus, having lost 3 straight, while Celtics are coming off a tight road victory against the strong Pacers.
Date/Time: 07-31-2020, 18:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 (updated NBA odds)
Bucks have a 53-12 record (36-29 ATS) and are sitting on top of the league. In their last game they lost on the road against the Nuggets with a 95-109 score, failing to cover the +7 handicap.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in scoring with 29.6 ppg, in rebounding with 13.7 and in assists made with 5.8 per game. Kris Middleton adds 21.1 ppg, 4.1 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
Boston Celtics have a 43-21 record (38-23-3 ATS) and are third in the East. In their last game they won on the road against the Pacers with a 114-111 score.
Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with 23.6 ppg, adding 7.1 rebounds. Kemba Walker adds 21.2 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and a team high 4.9 assists per game.
Both teams are tied 1-1 wins this season.
Both have won at home, Celtics by 11 and Bucks by 5.
Bucks are better both offensively (118.6 to 113) and defensively (106.8 to 107.4).
They also have a better FG percentage (47.7% to 45.9). Boston has a better 3-point percentage (36.3% to 35.6%).
Milwaukee is better both in rebounding (51.7 to 46) and in assists (25.9 to 22.8). On the other hand, Boston commit fewer turnovers (13.6 to 14.9).
Bookmakers give the Bucks a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. They want to lock the total home-court advantage and will play with full force until they do so.
Celtics vs Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 (-112)
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