Celtics vs Bucks 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 5 Prediction.

Celtics vs Bucks 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 5 Prediction

Written by on May 8, 2019

The Boston Celtics looked absolutely dominant in their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers. However, the same can’t exactly be said throughout their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Milwaukee Bucks so far. The Bucks came away with a 113-101 victory over the Celtics in Game 4 on Monday and now hold a commanding 3-1 series lead. Kyrie Irving is in the sporting news for rumblings of his departure from Boston. If this is true and he does end up leaving the Garden for greener pastures, this series will haunt him far longer than it should. Let’s take a look at the latest NBA Odds for Game 5.

Celtics vs Bucks 2019 NBA Playoffs Odds & Game 5 Prediction

Greek Freak Doing Amazing Things

Giannis Antetokounmpo continued his reign of terror as he scored 39 points on a very efficient 15-of-22 shooting performance while also securing 16 rebounds and dishing out four assists. Now the Bucks have the opportunity to close out the series in Game 5 on Wednesday at home. All five of Boston’s starters finished in double figures in Game 4, but the Celtics received very little help from their bench. As a team, Boston’s second unit scored an underwhelming seven points and Gordon Hayward struggled mightily with just two points on 1-of-5 shooting. Hayward is averaging just 7.5 points against the Bucks during this series. Considering Hayward signed a max contract two summers ago, the veteran forward will need to provide more on the offensive end if the Celtics want to keep their season. It goes without saying that Antetokounmpo normally puts up sensational offensive numbers, something that has become a bit of a given on most nights. However, the Bucks could’ve had a little more secondary scoring in Game 4 despite being able to come away with a victory. Guard Khris Middleton struggled for the first time in the series with just 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting. Even with a 2-of-10 shooting clip from beyond the arc in Game 4, Middleton still is averaging 19.3 points and connecting on 53.8 percent of his shots from long-range against the Celtics. If Middleton can get back on track, the Bucks should be able to close out this series with little stress. The Celtics were delivered a tough gut-punch in Game 4 and now are on the verge of elimination. With the Bucks having only lost one home game in the postseason thus far, that home dominance will continue and Milwaukee will deliver the final blow needed to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. I predict a score of 119 – 109.

Milwaukee Moves On

Elimination games are tough to predict as the team that is facing elimination typically either plays lights out with nothing to lose or pressures themselves into making mistakes. There is rarely an area in between. I like the Celtics and I love their coach, but I think the Bucks are just too much this season for them. I do, however, think this will be a competitive game for the majority of the contest. I’m thinking this will play out something like game four, where the Bucks didn’t pull away until the third quarter and late in that third quarter to boot.