Celtics vs. Bucks: Prediction, Game 1 Pick, TV Channel, NBA Playoffs Live Stream, How to Watch Online
The Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks is set to begin Sunday afternoon. Both teams qualified after taking care of their respective opponents in the first round. The Celtics swept the Brooklyn Nets, while the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls in five games. Now they will face off for the opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
For what it’s worth, the two teams split their four regular season meetings, with the Celtics winning both games in Boston and the Bucks winning both in Milwaukee. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues in the playoffs. In a series that has the potential to be extremely close, both teams will be looking to start with a win on Sunday. That said, here’s everything you need to know about Game 1 between Boston and Milwaukee.
(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks
- When: Sunday May 1 | 1 p.m. ET
- Or: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: ABC | Direct: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: BOS +160; MIL-180; O/U 218 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
deer: The absence of Khris Middleton is the biggest story for the Bucks before the series. Middleton has a Grade 2 MCL sprain and will miss the entire series against the Celtics. If the Bucks are able to get past Boston, chances are they’ll have to miss the conference finals as well. Middleton suffered the injury in Game 2 of Milwaukee’s first-round series against the Bulls, at which point the team announced he would be re-evaluated in about two weeks. With Middleton sidelined, the Bucks will need the rest of the roster, which Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer is well aware of.
“We’ve talked a lot about the depth of the roster, the quality of the roster this season,” Budenholzer said of the situation. “Other guys had chances and played well and our defense got tighter and we leaned hard on that all three games. But we have depth, we have a good group, we miss Khris – I don’t think anyone is underestimating how important it is, how effective it is for us. But as long as we don’t have it, we have to be at our best in all areas.”
Celtics: Boston’s dominating defense will be the center of the team‘s attention against Milwaukee. The Celtics did a great job of making life extremely difficult for Kevin Durant in the first round, and the team defense they played on Durant was a big part of why they were able to advance, easily. Now the question will be whether they can limit Giannis Antetokounmpo’s production in the same way. If they can, Boston will give themselves a great opportunity to win the series. Although slowing down Antetokounmpo is a daunting task, Khris Middleton’s absence should make it easier for Boston to focus their defensive attention on him.
As a near-full-strength team compared to a team lacking a key contributor, the Celtics enter the series with an advantage over Milwaukee. After sweeping the Nets in the first round, the Celtics should be well rested, and the game is in Boston, giving them an extra advantage. To take: Celtics – 4