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In this high caliber Eastern duel between two of the four best teams of the conference, the first Milwaukee Bucks (43-14), who have lost only once in their last 9 games, are hosting the fourth Boston Celtics (37-21), who are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-21-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5
Milwaukee Bucks have a 43-14 record (34-20-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pacers with a 106-97 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.2 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 6 and in boards grabbed with 12.7 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.1 ppg, 5.8 boards and 4.2 dimes per game.
Boston Celtics have a 37-21 record (30-28 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with the Sixers in the 4th place of the East. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Pistons with a 118-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.6 ppg, adding 4.9 boards and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.5 ppg and 6.3 boards per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier season each team won once (Bucks on the road by 13 points and Celtics at home by 4). Bucks have a 23-5 home record, while the Celtics are 14-13 on the road. Bucks are better offensively, scoring 116.9 ppg to Celtics’ 113, while the Celtics are better defensively, allowing 106.6 ppg to Bucks’ 107.1 ppg. Bucks have a better field goal percentage (48% to 46.5%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (37.2% to 34.9%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (48.8 to 45.1), while Celtics are better in turnovers committed (12.8 to 13.6) and both teams are almost equal in dimes made (26.4 to 26.2). Bucks have been one of the best home teams in the league and Vegas odds give them a -5.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home win today.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5 (-108)
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