We are now getting down to the nitty gritty in the NBA playoffs, with each series in Round 2 now having a game in the books. For the teams that lost in Game 1 in the second round, the time has not yet come to push the panic button, but that might well come if they also go out and lose Game 2. That would be especially true for the teams who started at home, as heading out on the road in an 0-2 hole is not the place where any teams want to be. That is the prospect that the Boston Celtics are looking at in the face after losing Game 1 to the Milwaukee Bucks on home court. As for the Bucks, you have to say that the defending champions appear to have stepped up a gear. Game 2 goes on Tuesday night, with the Celtics in as a 4-point favorite. The point total for this one is set at 215 ½. Let’s take a closer look at both team and how they stack against each other so you can keep betting against the NBA Playoffs Odds.
NBA Playoffs Western Conference Game Two Odds – Bucks at Boston Betting Analysis
Eastern Conference Semifinals Series – Game 2: Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics Match Info
- When: Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM EST
- Where: TD Garden, Boston
- TV: TNT
Why bet on the Milwaukee Bucks
It is never a good idea to write off a champion until they are officially dead. There were more than a few basketball fans who didn’t see the Bucks making a run at a 2nd straight NBA title this season, but they seem to be getting better as the season progresses. The Bucks made things look pretty easy in the opening round against the Chicago Bulls, brushing their opponents aside without breaking too much of a sweat. They effectively shut down the Celtics offense in Game 1, winning that one by a score of 101-89. In terms of wagering, that means that Milwaukee is now on a run where they have covered the spread in each of their last 4 games. Their ability to play great defense has meant that the UNDER has now hit in each of their last 6 games.
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
Like we said at the top of this piece, the Boston Celtics will almost certainly not be in panic mode even after looking rather anemic in Game 1 of their series versus the Bucks. In fact, you could potentially point to there perhaps being a little bit of rust after Boston got a bunch of time off after sweeping the Brooklyn Nets in Round 1. They had, though, better be sure that the rust is good and gone ahead of tonight’s game, as they truly cannot afford to head to Milwaukee in an 0-2 hole. The Celtics have covered in each of their last 4 games on a Tuesday night and are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games following an ATS loss. In the last 4 following a double-digit loss at home, Boston has seen the UNDER hit each time.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
There is likely to be a little bit of desperation in the Celtics game plan tonight, which I think might serve them well. I think we are looking at another lower scoring game here, as well as a tight one. I do like Boston to level things up on home court, but I think the Biucks might just cover the spread.
NBA Playoffs Betting Pick: Milwaukee Bucks 97 Boston Celtics 99