Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics will face each other in Game 6 of the NBA 2021-22 playoffs. The home side needs just one more win to secure a place in the Eastern Conference finals. The visitors missed the chance to secure the home advantage, and they need to search for a win on the road.
Milwaukee stole the home-court advantage from their rivals with its latest win, and the hosts want to pick up where they left off. They aim for another win to finish the series in front of their fans. On the other hand, Boston needs to bounce back to stay competitive in this series and move it back home. However, it will be a tough task for the away side.
Milwaukee Bucks – Will they advance to the conference finals?
The Bucks fought for a massive win on Wednesday evening when they managed to beat the Celtics 110-107 on the road. They are now 3-2 ahead in this series, and another success would secure them a ticket for the Eastern Conference finals. Milwaukee trailed nine points at the end of the third period but managed to turn around the result and win. Despite having a lower field goal percentage than their rivals, the Bucks scored 44.8% of their three-pointer shots. They were also dominant in the paint but had three turnovers more than Boston.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been the most productive player for the Bucks in the playoffs with 31.1 points, followed by 13 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.3 blocks per match. Jrue Holiday scores 19.1 pts per contest, while Bobby Portis has 11.3 points and 10.4 rebs in the post-season. Brook Lopez is another Milwaukee player with a double-digit number of points – 10.6. Regarding the selection issues, Khris Middleton is still out of the contest, while other players should be available.
Expected Line-Up: Jrue Holiday, Wesley Matthews, Pat Connaughton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brook Lopez
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Boston Celtics – Can they bounce back and return the series home?
Although they controlled Game 5, the Celtics suffered a narrow but tough 110-107 defeat on Wednesday evening. Therefore, they allowed their opponents to get the first match point in front of their fans. It was a poor performance in the final period, where they scored only 21 points. On the other hand, Boston had a very good 51.2 field goal percentage, but their success rate from the three-pointer area was way lower than their rival’s. Also, Boston was inferior in the paint, having 13 rebounds less than Milwaukee.
Jayson Tatum has contributed the most to the Celtics’ offense with 26.9 points and a team-high 6.1 assists. Jaylen Brown has also been in the 20s in the playoffs with 22.6 pts, followed by 6.6 rebs, 4.2 assists, and 1.7 steals. Al Horford tops the team’s rebounds charts with 9.2 and scores 15 points per contest, while two more players contribute to Boston’s offense with a double-digit number of pts. On the other hand, Sam Hauser won’t be able to help his teammates in this match, while Robert Williams III is questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Daniel Theis
Expert Pick #1 – Milwaukee Bucks -1 @-110
It has been a very interesting series but also hard to predict over the five games so far. However, I’ll stick to the hosts to win and cover the number and book their place in the conference finals. That’s going to be my first pick for this matchup.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 212.5 @-110
The Bucks keep their rivals under 45.0 field goal percentage when playing at home, and I anticipate another low-scoring game. It cashed five times in Milwaukee’s last seven and also in eight of the Celtics’ ten. Give me the Under as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 32.5 @-115
The Bucks’ most productive player has been excellent in the playoffs, being in the 30s so far. I expect him to lead Milwaukee to success with another efficient display, and I think he can score 33 or more points in this game. It will be my third pick at slightly lower odds than the first two.