Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 3/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+2.5)
The Boston Celtics (21-22) go to Fiserv Forum on Wednesday where they'll take on the Milwaukee Bucks (28-14). Milwaukee opens this matchup as 2.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 228.5.
The Boston Celtics stepped onto the hardwood against the Memphis Grizzlies and went home with a loss by a final score of 132-126 in their last game. Boston ended the contest having earned a 52.2% FG percentage (47 of 90) and knocked down 17 of their 35 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Celtics converted 15 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 62.5%. Pertaining to getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 43 with 5 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 31 assists for the contest as well as forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and having 3 steals. When it comes to defense, Boston allowed the other team to go 50.0% from the field on 55 out of 110 shooting. Memphis earned 38 dimes and had 8 steals in this matchup. Additionally, Memphis snagged 54 rebounds (17 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Memphis ended up shooting 66.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 10 of 15 attempts. They also knocked down 12 out of their 35 shots from 3-point range.
Jaylen Brown is one player who was a major factor in the matchup. He totaled 27 points on 11 of 24 shooting. He played 40:23 mins played and totaled 9 rebounds. Brown finished the game shooting 45.8% from the floor and earned 5 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Celtics was Jeff Teague. He didn't pull down a rebound in his 39:19 minutes on the court. He finished shooting 83.3% from the field for the contest by shooting 10-of-12 (26 points). At the conclusion of this game, Teague had 6 assists.
Boston will play this game with a mark of 21-22 on the campaign. They currently have an average of 112.0 pts per contest (17th in basketball) while shooting 46.9% from the floor. The Celtics are connecting on 37.6% from downtown (542 of 1,442) and 75.5% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is collecting 43.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 983 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 24th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 20.8 personal fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Celtics are forcing their opponents into 14.1 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. They concede 36.6% on 3-point shots and they are 14th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (111.3). The Celtics defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.7% (605 of 848) and they surrender 42.0 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 11th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,020 surrendered so far this season.
For their last game, the Milwaukee Bucks got the win with a final of 140-113 when they played the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks recorded 47 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 55 for the matchup. They gave up possession of the ball 15 times, while getting 3 steals in the game. The Pacers earned 16 fouls in the matchup which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 15 tries. They were able to bury 10 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In reference to 3-point shots, Milwaukee buried 24 of 39 attempts (61.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Bucks went 53 out of 94 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 56.4%. The Bucks allowed the Pacers to bury 45 of 111 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 40.5% in the matchup. They went 24.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 12 out of 50 and finished the contest at 11 of 12 at the free throw line (91.7%). In relation to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee permitted Indiana to grab 40 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Jrue Holiday ended up being a factor for the Bucks for the game. He knocked down 11 of 15 in this game for a field goal percentage of 73.3%, and had 5 rebounds. Holiday totaled 28 points in his 29:44 mins on the court and tallied 14 dimes for this contest. One more player that was important for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He ended up walking away with 6 assists in 31:21 mins played, and he knocked down 10 of 21 from the floor. Middleton walked away from this one going 47.6% from the field while also earning 25 points and 8 total rebounds.
Milwaukee has a win-loss record of 28-14 on the year. Milwaukee has totaled 5,038 pts so far this year (120.0 per game) and they pull down 48.6 rebounds per game. The Bucks commit 17.6 fouls per game and they shoot 75.0% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Bucks are hitting on 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 4th in the league. They are dishing out assists 26.2 times per game (10th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.9 times per contest. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 19th in the NBA in points given up per game with 112.5. The Milwaukee defense concedes 37.0% from downtown (591 of 1,599) and opponents are making 78.2% of their free throw shots. They have given up 25.1 assists and 43.4 boards per game, which ranks them 18th and 12th in the league. They are forcing 12.9 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.3% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (+2.5)
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