Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics will face each other in Monday’s action of the NBA playoffs. The home side looks forward to securing a 3-1 advantage before returning to Boston. The visitors were close to success in Game 3 and will seek a victory in this one as well.
Milwaukee has the chance to secure a huge advantage in this series and get one win away from the conference finals. However, they need to defend the home court and produce another successful performance. On the other hand, Boston will fight for an away victory after being very close on the previous occasion. The away side wants to get things even before moving the series back home.
Milwaukee Bucks – Can they win on the home court again?
The Bucks snatched a 2-1 lead in this series thanks to a vital victory in a very exciting clash between these two teams on Saturday. Although they were down at halftime, the home side produced a great performance in the third period that led them to success. Eventually, they were lucky to grab a 103-101 win since the buzzer was quicker than Al Horford, who almost dragged the game into overtime. It was Milwaukee’s fifth win on the previous six occasions, and the defending champions aim for another success on the home court. However, they didn’t have a good shooting on Saturday afternoon, hitting only 40.4 percent of their field goal attempts.
On the other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo brilliantly led the Bucks to a 2-1 lead with 42 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. He now averages 29.6 pts, 12.6 rebs, and 7.2 assists in the post-season, topping the team’s offensive charts. Jrue Holiday has contributed to Milwaukee’s offense with 18.9 points, 6.1 assists, and 5.6 rebounds, while Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez, and Grayson Allen average a double-digit number of points in the playoffs.
Expected Line-Up: Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
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Boston Celtics – Will they succeed on the road this time?
The Celtics were close to a turnaround in Game 3 after trailing at the start of the final period. However, they were not clinical enough in the last moments of the match to grab an away victory and return a break. It was the most exciting match of the series, and another one is ahead of us. Boston put their best performance in the fourth quarter, scoring 34 pts in that period. However, their shooting percentage was quite poor on Saturday afternoon. The Celtics hit only 36.8% of their field goal attempts, while they were also inferior in the paint. Boston should improve its numbers in Game 4 to increase its chances of celebrating on the road.
Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics in the offense with 25.4 points, a team-high 6.6 assists, four rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. Jaylen Brown scores 22.7 points, while Marcus Smart produces 14.2. Al Horford controls the paint with 9.6 rebs per contest and contributes to Boston’s offense with 13.9 points. Regarding the selection issues, all Boston players should be available for this match except for Sam Hauser, who is out injured.
Expected Line-Up: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III
Expert Pick #1 – Milwaukee Bucks -1 @-110
This series showed us so far that these two teams are pretty even, and it’s going to be another close game. However, I believe the defending champions can see off their opponents again. Milwaukee should take a massive 3-1 lead in this series by winning and covering the number. I’ll take them as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 212.5 @-110
All three games of this series stayed under the margin, and another tight clash is ahead of us. Neither team has had brilliant percentages so far, and they should continue in the same fashion. I see this game staying under a 212.5 margin, and I’ll go with that as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 31.5 @-105
Milwaukee’s best player was excellent two days ago, and I expect him to pick up where he left off and drive his team to success. The Greek international comes from the game where he scored 42 points, and he should go over a 31.5 margin in this one. I’ll back this pick as my second alternative at slightly higher odds than the first two.