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Celtics vs. Bucks Best Bets Thursday 4/7/22




With two games left in the regular season, there’s plenty at stake for the Celtics and Bucks in Milwaukee, primarily the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston comes off a rather easy victory last night in Chicago, and they will end the season Sunday in Memphis. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum were solid contributors in the win yesterday but saw a huge game from Al Horford that included a double-double. Tatum and Horford will sit tonight with listed injuries. Daniel Theis got the nod at center as Robert Williams III remains sidelined with a knee injury. The Celtics have won three straight, eight of their last 10, and sit a half game ahead of the 76ers in the win column.

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Milwaukee needs the win tonight as much as their opponent. Sitting a half game behind Boston, the Bucks will have an extra game to catch up or pass the Celtics, starting with a home game tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo is probable and will play through knee soreness, but Milwaukee does not expect Grayson Allen to play with a hip injury. Milwaukee’s most recent game was also against the Bulls, a Tuesday night victory in Chicago. Brook Lopez led the way with 28 points, as Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday contributed just 30 total points.

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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis.
Coverage: TNT

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Bucks -4.5 1st Half Spread: -110 (FanDuel)

The combined absences of Tatum and Horford will have an immediate impact on this game. The Bucks are starting everyone in order to secure a victory and move up in the standings. Even if Boston is just resting two of their starting five, it’s also compounded with the loss of Williams up front. Neither Holiday nor Middleton were spectacular last game, and even Giannis came up a little short in the scoring department. Expect the Bucks to be motivated and sharp in the first half, most likely in the first quarter to build up enough of a lead to still cover this line by halftime. Use OddsShopper to get the best number, especially when cutting a full game line in half or down to the first quarter.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 11.5 Rebounds: +100 (FanDuel)

Expect the usual night of glass cleaning and physical domination of the Celtics for Giannis. Awesemo is projecting a full rebound north of the total at 12.5 boards for him. This is backed by OddsShopper giving a 59% chance of hitting, along with a 19% xROI on the play. Giannis played limited minutes in Chicago as he was dealing with foul trouble, then just missed this total against one of the best defensive teams in Dallas. Before those games he went over 11.5 in two straight, and another favorable matchup awaits him tonight.

Jrue Holiday Under 7.5 Assists: -148 (FanDuel)

A confident play from OddsShopper betting nearly 1.5 units to win one, that’s backed by a wide gap between this total and Awesemo’s projection. Holiday isn’t expected to have as strong of a night dishing assists, with a 6.2 projection due to increased scoring or defensive responsibilities. OddsShopper has a 72% chance of hitting and a 21% xROI on the play. Holiday comes off a huge game passing the ball with 13 dimes but should see significant regression against the Celtics.

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Marcus Smart Over 2.5 Made 3’s: +130 (FanDuel)

Smart comes off a sharp night shooting from deep and should have even more opportunity tonight. The matchup against Milwaukee is favorable, as the Bucks are giving up just over 14 made 3’s per game. Smart doesn’t have to deal with a volume shooter in Tatum nor Horford, who can easily take away looks from the Celtics point guard. It’s down to Brown and Smart as the top two shooting options, and Smart should clear this number with plenty of opportunities. He’s hit at least two in four of his last five and at least three in two of those, all with Tatum and Horford on the floor. Make sure to keep checking OddsShopper for the best return on all player props, including 3-point props.

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