Celtics vs Bucks Prediction - NBA Picks 1/11/24

Milwaukee Bucks (25-12) vs Boston Celtics (28-8)

Game Info: Thursday, January 11, 2024 at 7:30 pm (Fiserv Forum)

Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night. Here’s a Celtics vs Bucks Prediction.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics have been in great form as they've won nine of their last 11 games overall and they will be eager to keep it going after taking down the Timberwolves in a 127-120 overtime home win last night. Jayson Tatum led the team with 45 points on 13 of 26 shooting, Jaylen Brown added 35 points with 11 rebounds and three assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 43 percent from the field and 19 of 47 from the 3-point line as they closed the final 3:24 of the fourth quarter on a 14-5 run to force overtime where they finished with a flurry to earn the gritty win and keep their undefeated home record intact.

Milwaukee Bucks

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last five games overall and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after getting routed by the Jazz in a 132-116 loss on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with a triple-double of 25 points with 10 rebounds and 11 assists, Khris Middleton added 23 points with eight assists while Malik Beasley chipped in with 17 points. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and 17 of 36 from the 3-point line, but they didn't come out with the right intensity and quickly found themselves trailing by 77-46 going into halftime. The Bucks made a bit of a run with 44 points in the third quarter, but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after a horror start. The Bucks will take on the Kings and Cavs after this game.

Milwaukee Bucks Player Facts

  • Malik Beasley ranks 1st amongst qualified players for 3P% (47.7%) this season.
  • Damian Lillard ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (91.6%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (82.6%).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (94.6).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for point differential per game this season (+10.4).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for rebounds per game this season (47.6).

Celtics vs Bucks Prediction

The Celtics could be shorthanded again as Kristaps Porzingis is still listed as out, while the Bucks should be back at full strength with Cameron Payne expected to make his return. The Celtics come into this game with plenty of momentum after taking down the Timberwolves last night, but it's going to be tough to replicate that effort against these Bucks who need a win to get their season back on track.

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee Bucks -5.5

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