Celtics at Bucks Prediction - NBA Picks 2/14/23

Milwaukee Bucks (39-17) vs Boston Celtics (41-16)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Fiserv Forum)

Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 230 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks duke it out at the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday night.

The Boston Celtics have been in great shape as they’ve won six of their last seven games overall and they will be eager to build on their four-game win streak after beating the Grizzlies in a 119-109 home win on Sunday. Derrick White led the team with 23 points and 10 assists, Sam Hauser added 20 points on seven of 12 shooting while Jayson Tatum and Al Horford each scored 16 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 44 percent from the field and 21 of 51 from the 3-point line as they exploded for 35 points in the second quarter to take a 13-point lead into halftime, before they poured in 37 points in the fourth quarter to pull away after the Grizzlies rallied back into the contest.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in red-hot form as they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games overall and they will be aiming for an 11th straight victory after routing the Clippers in a 119-106 road win on Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 35 points, eight rebounds and six assists on 13 of 25 shooting, Brook Lopez added 22 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 19 points and six assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 50 percent from the field and 17 of 39 from the 3-point line as they poured in 32 points in the second quarter to overcome a slow start, before they exploded for 38 points in the fourth quarter to lead by as many as 19 points at one stage.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team above .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall. The Bucks are 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.

Head to head, the over is 7-2 in the last nine meetings in Milwaukee, the Celtics are 25-10-1 ATS in the last 36 meetings overall and the Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in Milwaukee.

The Celtics are going to be shorthanded again as Marcus Smart is still out along with Jaylen Brown, while Grant Williams and Jayson Tatum are both questionable. The Bucks are still missing Bobby Portis and they have Pat Connaughton listed as day to day. Both teams are coming into this game with plenty of momentum, but the Celtics could be seriously shorthanded here, so it’s going to be hard to keep pace with the surging Bucks who are riding a 10-game win streak at the moment. The line seems quite hefty for this one, but I get a feeling that the Bucks won’t show any mercy in this one, not against this team and in front of their home fans. Give me the Bucks to stay hot with another win and cover here.

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee -9.5

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