Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 12/25/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, December 25, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+7)
Fiserv Forum is the site where the Milwaukee Bucks (21-13) will meet the Boston Celtics (16-16) on Saturday. Milwaukee is 7-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 234.
The Celtics faced off with the Cavaliers and walked away with a win by a score of 111-101 in their last contest. Concerning personal fouls, the Celtics finished with 24 and the Cavaliers finished the game with 15 personal fouls. They also knocked down 9 out of their 38 attempts from distance. Cleveland ended up going 83.3% at the free throw line by making 20 of their 24 shots. In addition, Cleveland pulled down 38 rebounds (15 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Cleveland distributed 53 dimes and had 17 steals in this contest. In reference to the defense, Boston allowed the other team to go 39.1% from the floor on 36 of 92 shooting. They also distributed 24 assists in this matchup while forcing the other team into 3 turnovers and earning 12 steals. In reference to rebounding, they collected 48 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Celtics converted 14 of 18 shots for a percentage of 77.8%. Boston ended with a 46.7% field goal percentage (43 out of 92) and knocked down 11 out of their 30 shots from downtown.
Robert Williams is one player who was a contributor in the matchup. Williams finished shooting 83.3% from the floor and also recorded 7 assists. He played for 34 minutes played and also collected 11 boards. He finished with 21 points on 10 out of 12 shooting.
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Boston enters this one with a win-loss record of 16-16 this year. They turn the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a group they commit 19.1 personal fouls per game. As a team, Boston is pulling in 45.7 rebounds per game and has 724 dimes on the year, which is 21st in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Celtics are shooting 33.8% from downtown (390 of 1,153) and 80.8% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 108.4 points per game (14th in the league) while connecting on 44.6% from the field.
Defensively, the Celtics are forcing 14.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.9 fouls. They rank 7th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 693 surrendered on the season. The Celtics are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.2% (1,240 of 2,805) and they concede 45.5 boards per game as a squad. They concede 34.1% on 3-point shots and they are 15th in the league in points per game allowed (107.1).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Bucks walked away with a victory by a final of 102-95 when they played the Mavericks. Concerning rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Dallas to collect 35 in all (8 on the offensive glass). They finished 26.7% from beyond the arc by going 12 out of 45 and finished the game at 13 out of 17 at the charity stripe (76.5%). The Bucks allowed the Mavericks to knock down 35 of 86 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 40.7% for this contest. In all, the Bucks went 37 out of 82 from the floor which had them at 45.1%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Milwaukee converted 10 of 36 tries (27.8%). They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw tries for a rate of 81.8%. The Mavericks had 11 fouls in this contest which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 22 shots. They turned it over 12 times, while earning 7 steals in this game. The Bucks snagged 41 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 47 in the game.
Jrue Holiday ended up being a major contributor for the Bucks in this matchup. Holiday accumulated 24 points in his 34 mins of playing time and had 7 assists for this contest. He buried 8 out of 14 in this contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and earned 7 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 21-13 so far this year. The Bucks are committing 17.4 personal fouls per contest and they shoot 75.8% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 22.7 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.1 times per contest. Milwaukee has accounted for 3,749 points for the campaign (110.3 per contest) and they grab 47.1 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Bucks are hitting on 45.1% from the floor, which is ranked 18th in the NBA.
The Milwaukee defense allows 33.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (478 of 1,424) and their opponents are connecting on 75.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 24.4 dimes and 45.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 20th and 15th in the league. The Bucks defensively are ranked 13th in basketball in PPG surrendered with 106.9. They are able to force 14.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.9% from the field (4th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-7)
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