Home court advantage has dominated the Milwaukee vs. Boston series. Straight up the home team has won all five games. Against the spread the Celtics have covered four games. They were a preseason NBA playoffs betting odds favorite. But the loss of top scorer Kyrie Irving has damaged their long-range prospects. Not much was expected from the Bucks. But a coaching change in January sparked a run to post season. Just as important is the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as an All Star. The Big Greek has become a dominant pro and asset.
Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 NBA Playoffs
Date and Time: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7 p.m. Eastern
Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
|Celtics||+5 (-110)||199½ (-110)|
|Bucks||-5 (-110)||199½ (-110)|
Celtics vs. Bucks TV Coverage: TNT
NBA playoffs Series so Far
Boston has maintained some NBA playoffs betting odds appeal without Irving. With four payouts in this series gamblers have not abandoned them. Game five at Boston saw a 92-87 Celtics cover as 4.5-point chalks. Al Horford led in Kyrie Irving’s absence with 22 points for the Celts. Horford also added 14 rebounds in an impressive performance. Just as important to the win was the Celtics defense. Giannis Antetokounmpo was held to just 16 points for Milwaukee. Should Milwaukee win game six the seventh game would be at Boston.
Despite the absence of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics do have advantages. First and foremost is head coach Brad Stevens. Looking forever youthful at age 41 he is among the best. When hired from Butler University in 2013 he was derided as too young. But Stevens had a woeful Celtics team in the playoffs by his second year. In his fourth season last spring he took the team to the Eastern Conference Finals. Adaptability is one the Boston coach’s main strengths. He will employ multiple tactics. Success without Irving proves Stevens’ ultimate worth and ability.
Milwaukee head coach Joe Prunty is a comparative nobody. He was an assistant before being appointed interim coach. His promotion came when Jason Kidd was fired in January. Kidd was a demanding taskmaster. Bucks players complained about head games. Prunty gently coaxed them to a playoff berth after taking over. Extending this series seven games would do much for his job prospects. A series win would be the best case to have the interim tag removed. Next season the Bucks move into a palatial palace of a new arena. Expensive seats will need to be filled.
Team vs. Team
Boston has a large sportsbook online edge against the Bucks. Ten of the last 11 vs. the line between these teams went to the Celtics. Six of the last seven matchups went over the total. At Milwaukee the Celts have paid in eight of their last ten visits. Five of the last six at BMO Harris Bradley Center went over the total.
Matchup to Watch
Sure, Milwaukee is no favorite with the NBA Finals Betting Odds. But in this situation at home they will be tough. However, Boston will be getting around five points. And they have proven ability to get the money against the Bucks.
Celtics vs. Bucks NBA games Betting Odds Picks
Boston should stay within the number at the very least.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 100, Bucks 99
Check out Boston’s Game Five payout over Milwaukee!