Thursday, January 27 2022

Through 3 Quarters

Down four at the end of last quarter, the Boston Celtics have now snagged the lead. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks 88-81.

The Celtics have been relying on point guard Marcus Smart, who has 17 points and five assists along with five boards, and small forward Jayson Tatum, who has dropped a double-double on 22 points and ten rebounds in addition to two blocks. This makes it three consecutive games in which Tatum has had at least ten rebounds.

Point guard George Hill (14 points), small forward Pat Connaughton (13 points), point guard Jrue Holiday (12 points), and shooting guard Grayson Allen (12 points) have been the top scorers for Milwaukee. Those points put George Hill near his season high of 15.

Milwaukee has lost 86% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this season, so this one seems just about wrapped up

Who’s Playing

Milwaukee @ Boston

Current Records: Milwaukee 6-6; Boston 5-6

What to Know

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics are even-steven against one another since November of 2015 (16-16), but not for long. The Bucks are staying on the road Friday to face off against Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET Nov. 12 at TD Garden.

Milwaukee had enough points to win and then some against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, taking their contest 112-100. Milwaukee’s small forward Pat Connaughton was one of the most active players for the team, shooting 7-for-13 from beyond the arc and finishing with 23 points, five assists and nine boards.

Meanwhile, Boston strolled past the Toronto Raptors with points to spare on Wednesday, taking the matchup 104-88. The squad ran away with 62 points in the first half and mostly just sat on those in the second to pick up the win. Center Robert Williams III was the offensive standout of the game for Boston, posting a double-double on 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Milwaukee is expected to lose this next one by 5. The odds have been favorable for them against the spread on the road this season, even if it’s been tough sledding overall. They are 5-2 ATS in away games but only 6-6 all in all.

Their wins bumped the Bucks to 6-6 and the Celtics to 5-6. We’ll see which team can carry over their success and which team inevitably falls when Milwaukee and Boston clash.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: TD Garden — Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $68.75

Odds

The Celtics are a 5-point favorite against the Bucks, according to the latest NBA odds.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Bucks as a 2-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Boston and Milwaukee both have 16 wins in their last 32 games.

  • Mar 26, 2021 – Boston 122 vs. Milwaukee 114
  • Mar 24, 2021 – Milwaukee 121 vs. Boston 119
  • Dec 23, 2020 – Boston 122 vs. Milwaukee 121
  • Jul 31, 2020 – Milwaukee 119 vs. Boston 112
  • Jan 16, 2020 – Milwaukee 128 vs. Boston 123
  • Oct 30, 2019 – Boston 116 vs. Milwaukee 105
  • May 08, 2019 – Milwaukee 116 vs. Boston 91
  • May 06, 2019 – Milwaukee 113 vs. Boston 101
  • May 03, 2019 – Milwaukee 123 vs. Boston 116
  • Apr 30, 2019 – Milwaukee 123 vs. Boston 102
  • Apr 28, 2019 – Boston 112 vs. Milwaukee 90
  • Feb 21, 2019 – Milwaukee 98 vs. Boston 97
  • Dec 21, 2018 – Milwaukee 120 vs. Boston 107
  • Nov 01, 2018 – Boston 117 vs. Milwaukee 113
  • Apr 28, 2018 – Boston 112 vs. Milwaukee 96
  • Apr 26, 2018 – Milwaukee 97 vs. Boston 86
  • Apr 24, 2018 – Boston 92 vs. Milwaukee 87
  • Apr 22, 2018 – Milwaukee 104 vs. Boston 102
  • Apr 20, 2018 – Milwaukee 116 vs. Boston 92
  • Apr 17, 2018 – Boston 120 vs. Milwaukee 106
  • Apr 15, 2018 – Boston 113 vs. Milwaukee 107
  • Apr 03, 2018 – Milwaukee 106 vs. Boston 102
  • Dec 04, 2017 – Boston 111 vs. Milwaukee 100
  • Oct 26, 2017 – Boston 96 vs. Milwaukee 89
  • Oct 18, 2017 – Milwaukee 108 vs. Boston 100
  • Apr 12, 2017 – Boston 112 vs. Milwaukee 94
  • Mar 29, 2017 – Milwaukee 103 vs. Boston 100
  • Jan 28, 2017 – Boston 112 vs. Milwaukee 108
  • Apr 08, 2016 – Boston 124 vs. Milwaukee 109
  • Feb 25, 2016 – Boston 112 vs. Milwaukee 107
  • Feb 09, 2016 – Milwaukee 112 vs. Boston 111
  • Nov 10, 2015 – Boston 99 vs. Milwaukee 83

Injury Report for Boston

  • Jaylen Brown: Out (Hamstring)
  • Brodric Thomas: Out (Shoulder)

Injury Report for Milwaukee

  • Brook Lopez: Out (Back)
  • Khris Middleton: Out (Covid-19)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: Out (Ankle)
  • Donte DiVincenzo: Out (Ankle)

Source: CBSSports.com

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