Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 5/1/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+5)
The Boston Celtics are welcoming the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Milwaukee opens this game as 5-point dogs from oddsmakers. The over/under has been set at 229.
The Bucks took home the win by a score of 116-100 in Game 5 of their 1st round series with the Bulls to close them out 4-1. In relation to personal fouls, the Bucks left the arena with 13 and the Bulls recorded 16 personal fouls. They converted 15 of their 52 attempts from beyond the arc. Chicago finished the game shooting 63.6% at the free throw line by burying 7 of their 11 shots. In addition, Chicago collected 31 rebounds (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Chicago earned 37 dimes and had 24 steals in the matchup. Pertaining to defending, Milwaukee allowed the other team to go 42.4% from the floor on 39 of 92 shooting. They also recorded 23 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 3 turnovers and getting 10 steals. With regard to getting rebounds, they earned 51 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Bucks made 16 of their 20 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Milwaukee finished the contest with a 49.4% FG percentage (43 out of 87) and converted 14 out of their 36 3-pointers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a player who was important for this contest. He ended up with 33 points on 11 of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 30 mins and grabbed 9 rebounds. Antetokounmpo finished the contest at 73.3% from the floor and totaled 3 assists.
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Milwaukee comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 51-31 on the campaign. They have an average of 115.5 points per contest (3rd in basketball) while connecting on 46.8% from the floor. The Bucks are connecting on 36.6% on shots from 3-point land (1,153 of 3,151) and 77.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Milwaukee is pulling in 46.7 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 1,960 dimes for the season, which ranks 18th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.4 times per contest and as a squad are committing 18.2 fouls every game.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bucks have forced 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 fouls. They are giving up 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 19th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.1). The Bucks are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.6% (3,391 of 7,431) and they surrender 44.1 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 25th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 2,122 surrendered so far this season.
In Game 4 of their sweep against the Nets, Boston permitted Brooklyn to get 30 in all (8 on the offensive side). They finished 37.1% from distance by going 13 out of 35 and ended up shooting 17 out of 29 from the charity stripe (58.6%). The Celtics allowed the Nets to make 41 out of their 81 tries from the field which had them sitting at 50.6% in the matchup. Overall, the Celtics finished shooting 42 for 89 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.2%. Concerning shots from distance, Boston converted 14 of 35 attempts (40.0%). They were able to make 18 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.8%. The Nets committed 10 personal fouls in the game which took the Celtics to the free throw line for 22 tries. They also gave up possession of the ball 13 times, while getting 3 steals in the matchup. The Celtics pulled down 35 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for this contest.
Marcus Smart pitched in for the Celtics in this game. He knocked down 7 out of 16 for the matchup giving him a rate of 43.8%, and had 5 rebounds. Smart accumulated 20 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and added 11 dimes for the contest.
Boston has a record of 51-31 on the year. On the offensive side of the court, the Celtics are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which has them ranked 15th in basketball. Boston has totaled 9,164 points for the season (111.8 per game) and they snag 46.1 rebounds per contest. They are getting an assist 24.8 times per game (14th in the NBA) and they turn it over 13.6 times per game. The Celtics commit 18.5 personal fouls per contest and they hit 81.6% from the free throw line.
The Celtics on defense are ranked 1st in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 104.5. They are able to force 13.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (1st in basketball). The Boston defense concedes 33.9% on shots from beyond the arc (969 of 2,860) and opponents are knocking down 78.3% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 21.6 assists and 43.7 rebounds every game, which is 1st and 12th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Milwaukee (+5)
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