Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics 12/4/2017 Odds, Picks & Preview

The MILWAUKEE and the BOSTON will both be gunning for a victory on 12/4/2017 at 7:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.

MILWAUKEE vs BOSTON
When: 7:30 PM  ET, Monday, December 4, 2017
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

ROT TEAM PS OU ML
507 MILWAUKEE (-110) (-110)
508 BOSTON

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Wisconsin (Milwaukee), NBCSN Boston
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PREDICTION: Celtics 108, Bucks 104

Oddsmakers currently have the BOSTON listed as point favorites versus the MILWAUKEE, while the game’s total is sitting at .

BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics played each other twice in the first 10 days of the season, each winning on the other’s home floor.

They play again at TD Garden on Monday night, but the Bucks have undergone a roster change since they the Celtics last saw them.

Exit Greg Monroe. Enter Eric Bledsoe, freed from his personal purgatory in Phoenix.

Milwaukee (12-9) is 8-3 since the deal.

“It’s great. We still got a long way to go,” Bucks forward Khris Middleton said after Milwaukee’s 109-104 win over the visiting Sacramento Kings on Saturday night. “It’s still only been 11 games. You never get to know a player or a team until a full season.

“We still have a lot to learn a lot about one another.”

The Bucks held on to beat Sacramento after returning from a western trip that saw them go 4-1. They are a more-than-formidable opponent for the red-hot Celtics.

Boston (20-4) is 2-0 on its current four-game homestand. The Celtics have won 10 of their past 11 home games.

The latest two home wins came after coach Brad Stevens made a lineup change, inserting big man Aron Baynes in favor of Marcus Morris, whose knee has been a nagging problem. Morris isn’t thrilled with the switch but has contributed two very productive games since it happened.

After the game Saturday, Stevens said Morris’ production isn’t what will make up his mind on a game-to-game basis.

“Doesn’t really. Starting or when they play doesn’t really matter,” the coach said. “So, he’s still going to start when we feel like the matchup … is right.

“And the good news is … that you’re not as quick to pull him because of the … minutes restriction as it’s been lifted or increased. You know, having 25-30 (minutes) is much different than 20-22 when you’re trying to manage a four-quarter game. So whether he starts, comes off the bench, that’s only six minutes of the game. So, it’s more important that we’re able to put our best foot forward against every opponent.

“And I like the fact that we have some flexibility; I mean, there are some teams you just can’t start big against, and some teams that it’s hard to start small against. So it’s good that everybody is able to play well through that.”

The Celtics, winners of 20 of their past 22, became the first team in the league to 20 victories when they topped the Phoenix Suns 116-111 on Saturday.

“I’m not necessarily surprised,” said Boston guard Kyrie Irving, who is playing like an MVP and will hear those chants from home crowd again Monday. “I think that the surprise is coming from outside of the locker room. … We still have a long way to go to consider ourselves a great team, before anyone considers that, which we understand.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the Milwaukee win that came in the Bucks’ season opener (and dropped the Celtics to 0-2). The Greek Freak had 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a loss to Boston on Oct. 26. In the latter game, the Celtics’ Al Horford had 27 points and nine rebounds, and Irving added 24 points and seven assists.

Antetokounmpo scored 33 points against the Kings on Saturday night as the Bucks posted their third win in a row.

“We came off a long road trip and this was a trap game,” Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Horford had 27 points and nine rebounds in the 96-89 win at Milwaukee on Oct. 26

2. Bledsoe is averaging 22.6 points on 52 percent shooting over the last five games.

3. Antetokounmpo is second in the NBA in scoring (29.4), ninth in steals (1.8) and 15th in field-goal percentage (54.6) entering Sunday.

STATS AND RECORDS

TEAM COMPARISON

W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 12-9 W3 6-4 6-5 1-0 11-9 1-3 4-6
Boston 20-4 W2 10-2 10-2 2-0 18-4 5-0 13-4

LAST MEETING

Milwaukee Boston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/26/17 BOS 96 MIL 89 89 37 45.5 96 45 42.3

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 28 47.6 6
BOS A. Horford 27 78.6 1
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 10 0 10
BOS J. Brown 9 3 6
Assists Player
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 7
BOS K. Irving 7
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 611 55.0 151
BOS K. Irving 533 48.4 93
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIL G. Antetokounmpo 209 40 169
BOS A. Horford 176 26 150
Assists Player
MIL K. Middleton 94
BOS K. Irving 119

LAST MEETING

Phoenix Philadelphia
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/23/16 PHI 116 PHO 123 123 43 53.2 116 28 50.6

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO E. Bledsoe 24 58.3 8
PHI J. Embiid 27 53.3 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO T. Chandler 12 3 9
PHI J. Embiid 7 0 7
Assists Player
PHO E. Bledsoe 11
PHI S. Rodriguez 7
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO D. Booker 543 45.4 103
PHI J. Embiid 438 48.3 115
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO A. Len 188 67 121
PHI B. Simmons 228 51 177
Assists Player
PHO M. James 100
PHI B. Simmons 177

LAST MEETING

Orlando Charlotte
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/29/17 ORL 113 CHA 120 113 39 42.3 120 59 54.6

PLAYER STATS

PREVIOUS MATCHUP
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL J. Simmons 27 60.0 6
CHA K. Walker 34 60.0 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 10 2 8
CHA M. Williams 11 1 10
Assists Player
ORL D. Augustin 5
CHA K. Walker 10
SEASON
Points Player Total FG% FTM
ORL E. Fournier 468 47.9 69
CHA K. Walker 424 44.3 101
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
ORL N. Vucevic 204 35 169
CHA D. Howard 263 78 185
Assists Player
ORL E. Payton 101
CHA K. Walker 118

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