Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics - 1/16/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (27-12) at Milwaukee Bucks (36-6)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -8.5 -- Over/Under:
The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.
The Boston Celtics look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 111.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Kemba Walker is averaging 21.9 points and 5.2 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 21.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. Jaylen Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Gordon Hayward is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.9 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 119.4 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.8 points and 12.8 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 19.3 points and 5.8 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost one home game since October 28.
The Celtics are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The Bucks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 16-7 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The under is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 games playing on 0 days rest. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Milwaukee and 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Boston Celtics just lost last night to the Detroit Pistons and now have to play a buzzsaw on the road against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks are winning at home by an average of 14.2 points and are 24-18 ATS on the season. Maybe last night was a lookahead game for the Celtics and they play better here, but I'm not betting on it. The Milwaukee Bucks at home are too tough to bet against, especially when their opponent is on the end of a back to back.