Boston Celtics chases Bucks

Boston Celtics chases Bucks

The Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks meet in a match that determines who sits at the top of the standings. However, it seems like it is the Celtics who is more eager as they are chasing the top spot. Moreover, the Celtics are coming in this match from a devastating 130-111 loss against the Wizards. The Bucks on the other hand are just aiming to retain where they are sitting in the standings. They are coming from a 149-136 victory against the Pacers on their last match. The matchup between these two teams will be on March 31, 2023, at 7:30 AM (GMT+8), with the Bucks playing as hosts.

Prior to this match, these two teams have already met for two times, where they split their results. This meeting will be the third and the final meeting between them in the regular season. The visitors won their first match with a score of 139-118, while their second is a 131-125 OT victory for the hosts. These two teams are from the Easter Conference, and are just next to each other in the standings. The hosts are at the top of the standings with 55 wins from their 76 matches. The visitors on the other hand are at the second spot, winning 52 games from their 76 matches.

Boston Celtics

NBA: Boston Celtics

The Celtics are from a devastating loss against the Wizards in their last match, where they had a 19-point loss. In addition to their frustration, they lost to that match, even if the Wizards are without two of their stars. Additionally, for the first three quarters of that match, they were outscored by their opponents, trailing 99-78 after three. They still have a good momentum though coming into this game, winning seven of their last 10 matches. A win is important in this match as well for them to increase their lead against the 76ers who is at the third. Moreover, they do not have problem playing on the road, winning 24 of their 39 matches on the road. They are at the fourth in defense scoring 118 points per game, and the sixth in defense allowing 112 points per game.

Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics with 30.1 points per game, while Jaylen Brown is also contributing 26.8 points per game. Meanwhile, Grant Williams, and Robert Williams III, are questionable, while Payton Pritchard is upgraded to probable as well. Danilo Gallinari on the other hand remains to be out in this match.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks on the other hand is already ready to take over the playoffs, as they are now sitting at the top of the East. Winning streaks are no longer new for them, as they have experienced countless winning streaks this season. In fact, coming into this game, they are in a two-game winning run. They are from a 149-136 victory against the Pacers on their last match, their second win in their last three matches. They are doing well with their field goals, scoring 47.1% from the field. However, when it comes to the charity stripe, they failed to be as impressive, as they only shot over 74.4% in the free-throw line. They are the eighth when it comes to offense with 116.8 points per game, while being ninth in defense as they allow 112.4 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday leads the Bucks with 31.1 points and 18.9 points per game. However, some of their key players like Khris Middleton, and Jae Crowder are doubtful in this match. Meyers Leonard on the other hand is ruled out for this match, following his calf injury.

Prediction:

Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 119.5
Odds: 0.86

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