- Date & Location: Monday, May 9 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TNT
The Milwaukee Bucks earned their spot in the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Semifinals by defeating the Chicago Bulls in five games during the first round. Milwaukee’s opponent in the semis, the Boston Celtics, earned their way to the second round with a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets.
The Milwaukee vs. Boston series kicked off with the Bucks defeating the Celtics 101-89. Boston pulled even in Game 2 with a 109-86 win. Milwaukee rebounded in Game 3 and took advantage of the series with a 103-101 victory. Game 4 takes place tonight in Milwaukee.
Celtics vs. Bucks Game 4 picks
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Boston Celtics breakdown and analysis
There were positives and negatives to takeaway from Boston’s Game 3 loss to the Bucks. First, the team was close to sending the game to overtime. Second, the Celtics stayed in the game with their best player, Jayson Tatum, shooting 4-for-19 and going 0-for-10 when Milwaukee’s Wesley Matthews was defending him. Tatum is still the Celtics leading playoff scorer, averaging 25.4 points per game in the postseason this year, but he can’t have another 10-point game like he did on Saturday and expect to have the Boston club going deep into the playoffs, especially since his previous scoring low in the playoffs this year was the 21 he scored in Game 1 of the Milwaukee series.
Jaylen Brown (27 points) and Al Horford (22 points) were the biggest reasons Boston was able to stay close to the Bucks in Game 3.
Milwaukee Bucks breakdown and analysis
The defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks earned the win in Game 3 and that was good for the team. What was also good for the club was the play of reigning NBA Final MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo’s shooting percentage was 38.5 (20-for-52) in the first two games of the Celtics series. Something clicked for Antetokounmpo in Game 3 and he hit 53.3 percent of his field goals and put up 42 points in total, which is his best number, by far, during this year’s NBA playoffs. Antetokounmpo was also responsible for the go-ahead basket in Game 3. He followed that by blocking a Celtics shot to keep the Bucks ahead.
The Bucks are still without Khris Middleton and from all reports, he is going to miss the entire Celtics series because of a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
With Jayson Tatum taking a step back in Game 3 and Giannis Antetokounmpo returning to form, the pick is the Bucks to win in Game 4 and pull ahead 3-1 in this NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals Playoff Series.
Pick: Milwaukee Bucks to beat Boston Celtics
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