Thursday, February 25, 2016
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The Milwaukee Bucks travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Thursday, February 25, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 8 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 213.
The Bucks come into this game with an overall record of 24-33 and a road record of 8-24. They are 5th in the Central Division. They currently have a point differential of -4.3 as they are averaging 98.6 points per game while giving up 102.8 per contest. Milwaukee is 4-4 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 17-17. They are 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Celtics have an overall record of 33-25 and a home record of 17-10. They currently are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 106.1 points per game and surrendering 102.1, good for a point differential of 4. Boston has a division record of 7-5 and a conference record of 23-16. In their last 10 games they are 6-4.
Khris Middleton comes into this contest averaging 17.8 points per game while playing 36.4 minutes per night so far this season for the Bucks. He pulls down 3.8 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.1 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 87%. Giannis Antetokounmpo averages 16.2 points per game in 34.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.9 assists per contest and 7.4 rebounds per game for Milwaukee. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 75%.
Isaiah Thomas averages 21.6 points per game while playing 32.4 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 6.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 90%. Avery Bradley averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.1 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.7 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 78%.
Milwaukee averages 98.6 points per contest this season which ranks them 24th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -4.3 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team which has them ranked 6th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 50 rebounds per game and 23 assists per game which ranks them 25th and 8th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 26th with 15.4 per game. The Bucks allow 102.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 19th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 16th and 18th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 51.7 rebounds a game which ranks 12th and they give up 23.8 assists per contest which puts them in 27th place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 11th in the league.
Boston averages 106.1 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 21st spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 53.1 rebounds per game and 24.8 assists per contest which ranks them 9th and 5th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 14th with 14.2 per game. The Celtics allow 102.1 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 4th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.8 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. The Celtics force 16.9 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Bucks average 96.2 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 106.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -7.8 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 4 per contest. The Bucks have an offensive rating of 103.8 and a defensive rating of 108.3. In terms of pace they average 94.1 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 19% of their shots. Milwaukee turns the ball over an average of 14.3 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.9 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%.
The Celtics score 106.2 ppg at home and they have averaged 112 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 0 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 5.4 points per game. The Celtics rating on offense is 106.7 and they have a defensive rating of 102.7. They get 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 15 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends
The Milwaukee Bucks are 29-28-0 against the spread
The Milwaukee Bucks are 30-26-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 32-25-1 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 30-27-1 against the over/under
Milwaukee Bucks Injuries
12/14/15 PG Greivis Vasquez Ankle expected to miss 3-4 months
02/24/16 PG Jerryd Bayless Knee "?" Thursday vs. Boston
02/04/16 F John Henson Back out indefinitely
Boston Celtics Injuries
02/18/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder out indefinitely
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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