Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 5/7/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3)
Fiserv Forum is where the Milwaukee Bucks will compete against the Boston Celtics on Saturday in Game 3 of their series. The series is tied 1-1. Boston opens this contest as 3-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 214.
The Celtics faced the Bucks and notched a win by a score of 109-86 in Game 2. In reference to personal fouls, the Celtics walked away with 23 while the Bucks finished the game with 16 personal fouls. They buried 3 out of their 18 tries from distance. Milwaukee walked away from this one shooting 65.2% at the free throw line by making 15 of 23 shots. Furthermore, Milwaukee pulled down 32 boards (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and got 5 blocked shots. Milwaukee totaled 37 dimes and had 16 steals in the game. When it comes to the defense, Boston allowed 46.6% from the floor on 34 of 73 shooting. They also recorded 28 assists in the matchup while creating 5 turnovers and having 10 steals. Pertaining to hauling in boards, they collected a total of 40 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. From the charity stripe, the Celtics knocked down 13 of their 15 tries for a percentage of 86.7%. Boston wrapped up the game having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (38 of 80) and buried 20 of 43 3-pointers.
Jaylen Brown is a guy who had an impact for this contest. Brown finished the game at 61.1% from the floor and also distributed 6 dimes. He was on the court for 38 minutes and totaled 6 rebounds. He scored 30 points on 11 out of 18 shooting.
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Boston will take the court with a mark of 51-31 this year. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game and as a squad are committing 18.5 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Boston is grabbing 46.1 boards per game and has accounted for 2,036 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 14th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Celtics are hitting 35.6% on 3-pointers (1,085 of 3,044) and 81.6% from the free throw line. They are averaging 111.8 points per contest (12th in the league) on 46.6% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Celtics have forced 13.8 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 fouls. They are giving up 33.9% on shots from distance and they rank 1st in the league in PPG allowed (104.5). The Celtics defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 43.4% (3,137 of 7,221) and they surrender 43.7 rebounds per game as a unit. They are ranked 1st in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,773 relinquished so far this season.
In theri Game 2 loss, the Bucks snagged 32 defensive boards and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 37 for the game. They turned the ball over 16 times, while getting 4 steals for this contest. The Celtics were called for 11 personal fouls for this contest which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a percentage of 65.2%. With respect to shots from downtown, Milwaukee buried 3 out of their 18 attempts (16.7%). In all, the Bucks shot 34 for 73 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.6%. The Bucks allowed the Celtics to make 38 of their 80 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 47.5% for this contest. They finished 46.5% from beyond the arc by connecting on 20 of 43 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 15 at the charity stripe (86.7%). In the matter of rebounds, Milwaukee allowed Boston to grab 33 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo pitched in for the Bucks for the matchup. Antetokounmpo totaled 28 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood and tallied 7 assists for the matchup. He made 11 of 27 in this matchup giving him a rate of 40.7%, and had 9 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 51-31 for the year. When it comes to offense, the Bucks are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which ranks 12th in the league. Milwaukee has 9,470 points on the campaign (115.5 per game) and they pull in 46.7 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 23.9 times per game (18th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.4 times per game. The Bucks have committed 18.2 personal fouls per game while shooting 77.6% from the free throw line.
The Milwaukee defense gives up 35.6% on 3-point shots (1,186 of 3,328) and opponents are connecting on 75.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have conceded 25.9 dimes and 44.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 25th and 16th in the NBA. The Bucks on the defensive end are ranked 19th in the league in points given up per game with 112.1. They are able to force 13.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the floor (11th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (+3)
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