Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 25 (12/25): NBA

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, Pick and Preview, December 25 (12/25): NBA

 

Odds

Time 5:00 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -210
Celtics spread -5 (-110)
Bucks money line +175
Bucks spread +5 (-110)
Over / under 224

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks
Record 23-10 22-10
Home / road record 12-5 8-7
Streak L1 W7
Points per game 118.00 112.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 108.00
Rebounds per game 43.00 48.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 43.00
Over / under record 17-16 15-17
 

Preview

The Boston Celtics continue at home and will host the Milwaukee Bucks at the TD Garden on Sunday night. These teams faced each other last season in Playoffs where the Celtics won the series 4-2.  

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics get here with a 23-10 record overall and are 12-5 at home ranking 1st in the Atlantic division. The Celtics have gone 14-8 against Eastern Conference opponents. Boston averages 118.1 points and has outscored opponents by 5.9 points per game.

Marcus Smart is averaging 11.6 points and 7.3 assists for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists over the last 10 games for Boston.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 5-5, averaging 110.0 points, 48.3 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 8.6 steals and 5.9 blocks per game while shooting 43.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.2 points per game.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks get here with a 22-10 record overall and are 8-7 on the road ranking 1st in the Central division. The Bucks have gone 11-6 against Eastern Conference opponents. Milwaukee is 7-2 when it wins the turnover battle and averages 14.4 turnovers per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is scoring 31.4 points per game and averaging 11.3 rebounds for the Bucks. Brook Lopez is averaging 1.9 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

In their last 10 games, the Bucks are 6-4, averaging 111.9 points, 48.1 rebounds, 24.7 assists, 6.2 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.8 points.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Milwaukee are 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games against Boston.

Milwaukee are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games against Boston.

Milwaukee are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston.

Boston are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston's last 10 games.

Boston are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games against Milwaukee.

 

Prediction

The Celtics have been struggling lately as they have lost 5 if their last 7 games but are still in the 1st position in the Atlantic Division and looks like they're back after beating the Timberwolves 121-109 but now will face a Bucks team that is allowing only 106 points on the road. The Bucks have lost their last 2 games but were against two of the best teams in the league. They have been up and down on the road this season with a2 8-7 record away from home and have been dominated by the Celtics as well. This should be a close game and with the Bucks playing great defense I think 5 points are a lot as the Celtics have failed to cover the spread in 5 if their last 7 games. Give me the Bucks with the points.

 

PICK: Bucks +5 (-110)

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