Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 predictions and pick against the spread
The defending champion Milwaukee Bucks advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but not without injuries. Their next opponent, the Boston Celtics is healthy and playing their best basketball of the year. If the Bucks are going to beat Boston and advance they are going to play better than they have up to this point.
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Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 Odds
The Celtics are listed at -200 to win the series and are -4.5 point favorites in game one. The point spread on game 1 seems a bit high considering that the Bucks have one of the best players to ever play the game in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Our Bucks vs Celtics series preview breaks down the injury concerns for Milwaukee, but this is still an incredible team.
The hot hand
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics swept the Nets and they are hot against the spread (ATS). The Celtics have covered 7 of the last games ATS overall and they are 25-11-1 ATS in the last 37 games that they were a favorite in the playoffs. The Celtics have owned the Bucks of late with a 20-8 ATS record in the last 28 meetings overall.
Bucks vs Celtics Game 1 predictions
The 4.5-point spread seems hefty, but the Celtics are ready. They have the defensive pieces to slow down Giannis and they are strong on the wing. Without injured superstar Khris Middleton, the Bucks’ defense is vulnerable on the wing. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in the last four trips to Boston and they lose game one in a big way.