The Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks clash this Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the first of two featured matchups on TNT.
Boston went into the annual All-Star break with back-to-back wins against Philadelphia on the road and Detroit at home both straight-up and against the spread. It has won seven of its last nine games SU with a 4-4-1 record ATS. The total went OVER 210.5 points in the Celtics’ 118-110 victory against the Pistons last Wednesday and it has gone OVER in four of their last six games. Boston is 14-13 SU on the road this season with an 18-11 road record ATS.
With 23.6 points and 6.9 assists as team-high totals, Kyrie Irving remains the driving force behind the Celtics’ SU record of 37-21 through 58 games. He has missed his last two starts due to a strained right knee and he is considered day-to-day for the game against the Bucks. All five Boston starters scored at least 11 points in the win against Detroit and Jaylen Brown added 17 points off the bench to help pace the win.
The Bucks are 43-14 SU coming off the break, which is the best record in the NBA right now. They have won 14 of their last 16 games SU while covering the closing number at BetAnySports in eight of their last nine games. The total stayed UNDER in four of their last six games after beating Indiana 106-97 last Wednesday as 4.5-point road favorites. The total line in that game closed at 219 points.
As one of the top candidates for league MVP this season, Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging a team-high 27.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists a game. Milwaukee is averaging 116.9 points per game as the second-highest scoring team in the NBA. The Bucks are shooting 48 percent from the field and 34.9 percent from three-point range. Defensively, they are ranked eighth at the other end of the court in points allowed (107.1).]
With Irving still day-to-day for this game, I will lay the points and take the Bucks at home both SU and ATS.