Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics - 5/1/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Boston Celtics (55-31) vs Milwaukee Bucks (55-32)

Game Info: Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 1:00 pm (TD Garden)

Betting Odds: Boston Celtics -5 -- Over/Under: 218 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics meet Sunday in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden. The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a five-game series against the Chicago Bulls. The Boston Celtics are fresh off a sweep of the Brooklyn Nets.

The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 109.8 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 95.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.6 points and 13.4 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday is averaging 16.4 points and 5 rebounds. Khris Middleton is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 28.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 51.8 rebounds per game.

The Boston Celtics are averaging 113.5 points on 49 percent shooting and allowing 109 points on 50.3 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 29.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.5 points and 4.4 assists. Marcus Smart is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 7.5 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 82.8 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 42.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game.

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The Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 10-22 ATS in their last 32 games as an underdog. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Bucks last 5 overall. The over is 12-4 in Celtics last 16 overall. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Boston and 8-20 ATS in the last 28 meetings.

I'm not beating the drum for the Boston Celtics like everybody else is after their sweep of the Nets, but they are the more rested team, have home court, and they were more impressive overall in the first round. The Milwaukee Bucks are still without one of their top players in Middleton, and they're 6-11 against the spread as an underdog this season. The Celtics have covered seven straight meetings against the Bucks and nine of the last 10 meetings overall. This line isn't anything crazy. Give me the Celtics and the reasonable number in game one.

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Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -5

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