The Celtics will try to deliver a Beantown beatdown on Friday, May 3 when they host the Bucks for Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Tip off time for this must-see game is 8:00 p.m. EST at TD Garden.
Bucks Bounced Back in Game 2
Giannis Antetokounmpo quieted his critics by delivering an MVP-caliber performance in Game 2. The three-time All-Star scored 29 points in 31 minutes and made Boston pay for their aggressive defense by hitting 13 of his game-high 18 free-throw attempts.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 2, 2019
Antetokounmpo received plenty of support from Khris Middleton, who nailed seven three-pointers and finished with 28 points. Middleton attributed his many open looks to Milwaukee’s increased pace. “Boston is great defensive team once they get set,” he said after the game. “So the main thing for us is to try to get a stop and get out and run. And I was able to find open threes and pull-up threes with that.”
Khris Middleton in the playoffs:
*Number one in isolation efficency (1.35 ppp on 2.8 possessions)
*120.3 offensive-rating (best on the Bucks)
*Plus 22.7 net-rating (best on the Bucks)
If Bucks’ fans still want to show him the door, I know a great shepherd. pic.twitter.com/I5E27iCuzU
— Paul Headley NBA (@PaulHeadleyNBA) May 1, 2019
Bucks Have Rediscovered their Three-Point Stroke
The Bucks blew Game 2 wide open from the three-point line, hitting 42.6% of their treys. That was a huge departure from Game 1 when Milwaukee connected on just 33.3% of their attempts from beyond the arc. Even Antetokounmpo got in on the act, going 2-4 from deep.
— SBOBET (@SBOBET) May 1, 2019
Brogdon’s Status Remains Uncertain
Milwaukee head coach Mike Budenholzer has remained non-committal on the status of point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who has been on the shelf since March 16th with a torn plantar fascia in his right foot.
Giannis said Malcolm Brogdon “looked good” at practice today and jokes:
“He has an old man game so you don’t notice the difference.” 😂 pic.twitter.com/KOstHmQT4M
— Stephen Watson (@WISN_Watson) May 2, 2019
The former Rookie of the Year averaged 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game during the regular season and was sorely missed in Game 1 as the Bucks’ starting backcourt contributed just nine points.
Irving Needs to Show Up in Game 3
Boston needs a superstar performance from Kyrie Irving, who scored just nine points in 31 minutes on 4-18 shooting from the floor. Milwaukee deserves some credit for forcing Irving left, but he has to start connecting from the perimeter in order to open up driving lanes and restore balance to Boston’s offense.
— FLEE TV ™ (@FLEESPORTS) May 1, 2019
Celtics vs Bucks Regular Season Statistical Comparison
|111.2 (10th)||Offensive Rating||113.5 (4th)|
|112.4 (14th)||Points||118.1 (1st)|
|26.3 (5th)||Assists||26.0 (7th)|
|46.5 (14th)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.6 (3rd)|
|36.5 (7th)||Three-Point Percentage||35.3 (15th)|
|+4.4 (6th)||Plus/Minus||+8.9 (1st)|
|107.0 (6th)||Defensive Rating||104.9 (1st)|
|108.0 (8th)||Points||109.3 (11th)|
|44.8 (4th)||Field-Goal Percentage||43.3 (1st)|
|34.4 (6th)||Three-Point Percentage||36.1 (22nd)|
|45.9 (5th)||Points In The Paint||42.2 (1st)|
Celtics are Favored to Win at Home
Sportsbooks are anticipating a lot of offense, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 220, with the Celtics opening as 1.5-point favorites. Milwaukee is 52-32-4 against the spread this season and 46-42-0 over/under, compared to 43-43-2 ATS and 49-39-0 over/under for Boston.