Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Bucks' starting backcourt has been outscored 96-25 in the first two games by Boston's starting guard duo of Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown. Game 4 is Sunday in Washington, where the Wizards have won seven straight playoff games. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. After a dismal first quarter that left the Celtics in a 15-point hole, the end result never felt in doubt, and while Boston still seems to be in control of the proceedings, the margin isn't quite as comfortable. Eric Bledsoe (8 of 13) and Jabari Parker (7 of 12) also shot well and contributed 17 points each.

The Celtics had anticipated playing in Milwaukee would be tough. As a team, the Celtics shot just 40 percent from the field and eight of 24 from the three-point line but they were always fighting an uphill battle after falling behind by 20 points less than two minutes into the second quarter. Defense was a strong suit of the team, as the Bucks blocked 13 Celtics shots. In a stark contrast to how the teams looked at the TD Garden, Boston was now the group who seemed checked out and Milwaukee was the group who seemed checked in.

Bucks coach Joe Prunty found himself in a similar quandary heading into Game 3 Friday. The Bucks continued to shoot the ball well but added some grit along with a defensive element to their attack, which really set the tone in the game.

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With center John Henson sidelined due to a sore back, former Celtics center Tyler Zeller got the start.

Boston being banged up caught up with them in Game 3 and it's possible the breakneck pace they were playing in the first two games took a toll as well. It turns out a shot blocking and three-point shooting clinic from Maker was just what the doctor ordered for the Bucks. He finished with nine points, nine assists and five turnovers.

Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo were the ones who got the honor of sitting at the podium. Until Boston shows they can slow Milwaukee's offense, you have to ride with the hosts here.

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