Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 5/9/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Monday, May 9, 2022
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+3)
Fiserv Forum is the site where the Milwaukee Bucks will compete against the Boston Celtics on Monday in Game 4 of their series. The Bucks lead 2-1. Milwaukee opens this contest as 3-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 209.5.
The Celtics took a loss by a score of 103-101 in Game 3. Boston finished the game having earned a 36.8% field goal percentage (32 of 87) and knocked down 9 of their 33 shots from downtown. When they shot from the free throw line, the Celtics converted 28 of their 34 tries for a rate of 82.4%. In relation to getting rebounds, they collected 47 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 23 assists in this contest while forcing 4 turnovers and earning 5 steals. With regard to defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 40.4% from the field on 40 of 99 shooting. Milwaukee earned 53 assists and had 20 steals for this game. Additionally, Milwaukee snagged 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 13 blocks. Milwaukee finished the game at 82.4% at the free throw line by making 14 of their 17 attempts. They converted 9 of their 34 shots from downtown. When talking about personal fouls, the Celtics walked away with 21 and the Bucks finished the game with 10 personal fouls.
Al Horford is one guy who was a major contributor in this contest. Horford shot 52.9% from the floor and also totaled 5 dimes. He was on the court for 39 mins played and also totaled 16 boards. He was able to score 22 points on 9 of 17 shooting.
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Boston heads into this game with a record of 51-31 this season. They are averaging 111.8 points per game (12th in the league) while hitting 46.6% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 35.6% from downtown (1,085 of 3,044) and 81.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is pulling in 46.1 rebounds per game and has accumulated 2,036 assists on the campaign, which is 14th in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 13.6 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 18.5 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Celtics are forcing 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.4 fouls. They are currently ranked 1st in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,773 relinquished so far this season. The Celtics are giving up a field goal percentage of 43.4% (3,137 of 7,221) and they surrender 43.7 boards per game as a squad. They surrender 33.9% on three-point shots and they rank 1st in basketball in points per game allowed (104.5).
In their Game 3 win, the Bucks collected 40 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards totaling 53 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while getting 8 steals in this game. The Celtics earned 12 fouls for this game which got the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 17 tries. They were able to convert 14 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 82.4%. When discussing 3-point shots, Milwaukee made 9 out of 34 attempts (26.5%). Overall, the Bucks went 40 out of 99 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.4%. The Bucks allowed the Celtics to knock down 32 of 87 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 36.8% for the game. They finished 27.3% from distance by going 9 of 33 and ended up shooting 28 of 34 from the charity stripe (82.4%). In regard to how they rebounded, Milwaukee permitted Boston to pull down 36 in total (11 offensive).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up being a major contributor for the Bucks in this contest. He buried 16 of 30 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, and tallied 12 rebounds. Antetokounmpo tallied 42 points in his 39 minutes on the court and had 8 assists for the game.
Milwaukee has a win-loss record of 51-31 on the season. The Bucks are committing 18.2 fouls per game while shooting 77.6% from the charity stripe. They are earning an assist 23.9 times per contest (18th in the league) and they turn it over 13.4 times per game. Milwaukee has accumulated 9,470 pts for the season (115.5 per contest) and they pull in 46.7 boards per game. As an offensive unit, the Bucks are connecting on 46.8% from the floor, which ranks 12th in the league.
The Bucks on defense are ranked 19th in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.1. They are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (11th in the NBA). The Milwaukee defense gives up 35.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter (1,186 of 3,328) and opponents are connecting on 75.1% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 25.9 assists and 44.1 rebounds every game, which is ranked 25th and 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (+3)
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