Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 5/15/2022 Preview and Pick
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+5)
The Milwaukee Bucks are headed to TD Garden on Sunday where they will try to defeat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of their series. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 5-point underdogs. The total is 209.
The Bucks faced the Celtics and took a loss by a final of 108-95 in Game 6. Milwaukee wrapped up the contest with a 40.9% FG percentage (36 of 88) and converted 7 of 29 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Bucks buried 16 of their 18 tries for a rate of 88.9%. In relation to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 49 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 15 dimes for this contest as well as forcing 7 turnovers and having 5 steals. In the matter of defense, Milwaukee allowed the other team to go 43.7% from the floor on 38 of 87 shooting. Boston earned 42 assists and had 22 steals for the game. Additionally, Boston pulled down 34 rebounds (8 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 4 rejections. Boston finished the contest at 65.2% from the free throw line by burying 15 of their 23 shots. They also buried 17 of their 43 shots from 3-point range. In reference to fouls, the Bucks ended up walking away with 25 while the Celtics finished the game with 8 fouls.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one player who was a major contributor for this game. Antetokounmpo shot 46.7% from the floor and also totaled 6 dimes. He played 41 minutes and grabbed 20 boards. He ended up scoring 44 points on 14 out of 30 shooting.
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Milwaukee enters this one with a win-loss record of 51-31 for the season. They average 115.5 points per game (3rd in basketball) while shooting 46.8% from the floor. The Bucks are shooting 36.6% on 3-point shots (1,153 of 3,151) and 77.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Milwaukee is collecting 46.7 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,960 dimes this season, which has them ranked 18th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are losing possession via turnover 13.4 times per game and as a team they commit 18.2 fouls per game.
On defense, the Bucks are able to force 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.7 fouls. They currently rank 25th in the league in allowing assists with 2,122 relinquished so far this year. The Bucks defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 45.6% (3,391 of 7,431) and they concede 44.1 rebounds per contest as a group. They surrender 35.6% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 19th in the NBA in opponents PPG (112.1).
In their Game 6 win, the Celtics collected 34 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 42 in this matchup. They turned it over 8 times, while getting 5 steals in this contest. The Bucks earned 10 fouls in this game which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 23 attempts. They were able to bury 15 of the free throw tries for a rate of 65.2%. In relation to 3-point shots, Boston converted 17 out of 43 tries (39.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Celtics walked away from this one shooting 38 out of 87 from the field which gave them a rate of 43.7%. The Celtics allowed the Bucks to convert 36 of 88 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.9% in the game. They shot 24.1% from 3-point land by connecting on 7 of 29 and ended up shooting 16 out of 18 at the free throw line (88.9%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Boston permitted Milwaukee to get 42 in total (7 on the offensive glass).
Jayson Tatum pitched in for the Celtics in this game. Tatum tallied 46 points in his 43 minutes of playing time and had 4 assists in the matchup. He knocked down 17 of 32 in this contest giving him a rate of 53.1%, and earned 9 rebounds.
Boston has a win-loss mark of 51-31 so far this season. As an offense, the Celtics are connecting on 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 15th in the NBA. Boston has accounted for 9,164 points this year (111.8 per contest) and they collect 46.1 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 24.8 times per game (14th in basketball) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per contest. The Celtics are committing 18.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 81.6% from the free throw line.
The Celtics on defense are ranked 1st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 104.5. They are forcing 13.8 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (1st in the NBA). The Boston defense surrenders 33.9% on shots from behind the 3-point line (969 of 2,860) and opponents are converting on 78.3% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 21.6 assists and 43.7 rebounds every game, which is ranked 1st and 12th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Milwaukee (+5)
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