At 7:30 ET, the Boston Celtics (-388) will host the Milwaukee Bucks (+303) in an Eastern Conference matchup. The Celtics are currently favored by 8.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 223.

This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and can be seen on ESPN.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS VS BOSTON CELTICS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks +8.5

This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, March 20th.

WHY BET THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 117-116 in favor of the Bucks.
  • Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.6% and knocking down 17 threes.

Can the Bucks Grab a Win in Boston?

The Bucks are 3-8 as underdogs this season and are currently 8.5-point underdogs against the Celtics. As the underdog, their scoring margin for the season is -13 points per game.

On the road, the Bucks have a straight-up record of 17-17 and are 14-20 against the spread. Their ATS record overall is 30-38, and they have covered the spread in their last two games.

Milwaukee has won two straight games and is 44-24 this season, which is good for 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. In non-conference games, they are 14-11 and 30-13 against other Eastern Conference teams.

In their last game, the Bucks defeated the Suns by a score of 140-129. The O/U line for that game was 227 points, and Milwaukee covered the spread as 2.5-point underdogs.

This season, the average scoring line for Bucks games is 236.3 points, and their O/U record for the season is 33-35. In their last game, the teams combined for 269 points.

On offense, the Bucks are one of the top-scoring teams in the league, averaging 120.7 points per game (4th). In terms of pace, they are 5th in the NBA at 100.4 possessions per game. So far this season, they have outscored the NBA scoring average in 64.7% of their games.

When it comes to shooting, Milwaukee is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the league. They are 4th in made threes per game at 14.4 and 5th in three-point shooting percentage at 37%. Overall, the Bucks are 7th in field goal percentage (49%).

One area where the Bucks have excelled is getting to the free-throw line. They lead the NBA in free-throw attempts per game at 25.1 and are 3rd in made free throws (19.4). In terms of assists, Milwaukee is 15th in the league with 26.6 per game.

The Bucks’ defense is presently ranked 21st in the league, allowing an average of 117.3 points per contest. Milwaukee’s defense is currently forcing 12.1 turnovers per game, which is 8th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 16th in blocked shots, with an average of 5 rejections per game.

Do the Celtics Stand a Chance at Home?

The Celtics have won six straight games and are currently 1st in the Eastern Conference with a record of 54-14. In their last game, they defeated the Pistons by a score of 119-94. The Celtics were favored by 15.5 points in that game.

Boston’s ATS record for the season is 35-30, and they have covered the spread in their last six games. As the favorite, their ATS record is 33-29, and they have been favored in 65 of their 68 games.

This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 32-35-1, and their games have averaged a combined 230.3 points. Today’s O/U line is set at 223, and 53 of their games have had higher O/U lines.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics are 35-7 against other teams and 19-7 in non-conference games. On the road, they have a 23-11 record compared to 31-3 at home.

The Celtics are one of the NBA’s most potent offenses, averaging 121 points per game (2nd). At home, they have been even better, scoring 123.4 points per game (2nd).

In terms of pace, Boston ranks 17th in the league at 97.7 possessions per game. They are also one of the most prolific three-point shooting teams, leading the NBA in both three-point attempts and made threes.

Overall, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 73.5% of their games. For the season, they are shooting 48% from the field (9th).

At this time, the Celtics’ defense is positioned 5th in the NBA, permitting 109.3 points per game. Opponents are hitting 51.8% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 34.4% of their three-point attempts.