The Milwaukee Bucks will try to end the Boston Celtics’ season on Wednesday, May 8 when they face off in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Tip off time for this must-see game is 8:00 p.m. EST from Fiserv Forum.
Milwaukee Came On Strong Late in Game 4
It took a little while for the Bucks to get cooking in Game 4, but once they did, they were unstoppable. Milwaukee outscored Boston 66-52 in the second half to pull out a decisive 113-101 win. The late rally was keyed by the league’s prohibitive MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who contributed 17 points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter.
Giannis murders an already dead body pic.twitter.com/wt1AM6DSvh
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 7, 2019
The Greek Freak is now averaging 28.4 points, 11.8 rebounds, and four assists in the postseason.
Bucks’ Bench Was Big
The Bucks’ bench continued its strong play in Game 4 by outscoring the Celtics’ reserves 32-7. Much of the damage was done by George Hill, who had 15 points and five assists, and Pat Connaughton, who had nine points and 10 boards and finished the game a +22. Boston has yet to find an answer for his energy and frenetic activity.
George Hill and Pat Connaughton https://t.co/CBh8fwTV5P
— Grant Goldberg (@GrantGoldberg) May 7, 2019
Brogdon Nearly Ready for His Debut
Milwaukee should get a big boost soon with the imminent return of Malcolm Brogdon. The former Rookie of the Year has been sidelined since May 15th with a plantar fascia injury in his right foot, but is reportedly close to returning.
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
Brogdon started 64 games in 2018-19 and averaged a career-high 15.6 points on 50.5% shooting from the floor and 42.6% shooting from beyond the arc.
Irving Mired in Miserable Slump
The Celtics are hoping for a vintage performance from Kyrie Irving, who is currently in the midst of the worst three-game postseason slump of his career according to ESPN. The Boston ballhandler was 7-22 in Game 4 and has now missed 43 field goals over his last three outings.
Irving insists he’ll bounce back, but his inaccuracy has far more to do with Milwaukee’s perimeter defense and far less to do with him suddenly losing his touch. Expect more ball-hawking from the Bucks tonight.
Kyrie Irving walking to Boston’s locker room for the last time 👀 pic.twitter.com/jOQxH8UajG
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) May 7, 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)|
Bucks Are Big Favorites
Oddsmakers have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a healthy 218, with the Bucks opening as 9.5-point favorites. Boston is 43-45-2 against the spread this season and 50-40-0 over/under, compared to 54-32-4 ATS and 47-43-0 over/under for Milwaukee.