With just two games, this has become an engaging series, not because of heavy fouls and timeouts. It looks like this will be a chess match between talented teams, including the best players in the game.
Milwaukee is without Khris Middleton, but the way they handled business in Game 1 looked like they were destined for another NBA title. Then Boston tied the series in Game 2, even though Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart didn’t play. Middleton missed the series, but Smart is expected to play Saturday.
In the last game, Boston was able to get a home win as reserve forward Grant Williams was able to contain Giannis defensively while he and his teammates rained from beyond the arc. It’s a clever formula, but certainly harder to repeat on the road.
With the series 1-1, it’s a crucial Game 3, and the line says it should come down to the final minutes.
Boston Celtics (1-1) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (1-1)
Saturday, May 7, 2022
3:30 PM ET
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Spread: Celtics +2 (-110), Bucks -2 (-110)
Profit Line: Celtics +105, Bucks -130
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There’s no question that Boston was active, and the way the team bounced back from its first home loss was impressive.
Getting smart again in the lineup is important, and if they’re going to win Game 3, they’ll have to do so without Williams’ “out-of-body” experience.
Not only did Williams make things difficult for Giannis, but he also made six 3-pointers. With all due respect, he probably won’t have much of an impact on another game in the NBA throughout his career. If he normalizes on the road (probably) and the Celtics stars don’t step up, then I don’t think Boston is doing well.
These stars, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, made 11 of their 20 3-pointers, a level of shooting that could give any team a victory, but this level of shooting Hard to repeat on the road (unless you’re Stephen Curry).
For Milwaukee, Giannis scheduled in Game 2 — his worst playoff game to date. He still dominates the game and what we saw on the way to the Finals last season makes it easier to believe he’s going to adjust his game or just get better and he’s capable of both, It is also imperative to become more aggressive at home. He lost a shot in Boston in Game 2 and was visibly frustrated.
I think we’ll also see a more cosy Jrue Holiday, as the supporting cast tends to show up on the occasion more at home than on the road. With Middleton gone, the holidays are even more important, that’s for sure. He and the rest of their core were on last year’s championship team, so they know how to handle pressure.
It’s a small number, so we mostly just need Milwaukee to win. Still, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucks win like they did in Game 1, no doubt about it.