The Milwaukee Bucks will travel east to Boston to face the Celtics in a Christmas Day battle.
This is a matchup between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics will stay in the top spot with a victory, but the Bucks will overtake them with a win.
The Bucks are coming off a 118-100 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn had a 13-point lead at halftime and never looked back. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 26 points and also had 13 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. In addition to Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez threw in 23 points. Milwaukee was simply outplayed in this one.
They shot worse (especially from behind the three-point line) than Brooklyn and turned the ball over eight more times.
The Celtics are coming off a 121-109 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game was close, and Boston was only up by two points heading into the fourth quarter. However, Jaylen Brown went into hero mode and scored an absurd 23 points in the final 12 minutes to push his team to victory.
Brown finished the game with 36 points and seven rebounds. Jayson Tatum also had a solid game and ended up with 30 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Boston shot worse than Minnesota but went to the free-throw line nine more times than them and turned the ball over five fewer times.
This game will be an exciting one and will go down to the wire. Both teams play strong defense and have some of the top offensive players in the NBA in Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, respectively. However, I have to give the edge to the Celtics. This is largely in part to them having home-court advantage.
Boston has had similar success on the road and at home, but the Bucks have had their road struggles this season. Milwaukee is 14-3 at home but 8-7 on the road.
In addition to home-court advantage, the Celtics have a slightly better offense. They average 118 points per game, compared to Milwaukee’s 112.9. They are also healthier and facing a Bucks team without Khris Middleton. Nothing more needs to said. Bet on the Celtics.
My Prediction: Celtics 114, Bucks 108
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| Title: Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Betting preview
| Author: Max Heering
| Date: Dec 25, 2022