Brad Stevens' side has been out of form for a while now, winning just once in their last five outings, which saw their season record fall to 21-22. As a result, the Celtics have fallen to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. They lost 126-132 in overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies in their last game, as Kemba Walker (knee-injury management) and Jayson Tatum (illness) were unavailable for the matchup.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks are on a roll and have won seven consecutive games coming into this matchup. This phenomenal run has seen their season record improve to 28-14, third in the Eastern Conference standings. Mike Budenholzer's side thrashed the Indiana Pacers 140-113 in their last game, despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Injury Updates
Tristan Thompson and Romeo Langford have been ruled out for the Boston Celtics due to COVID protocols.
New signing P.J. Tucker (ankle) is listed as probable and could make his return along with Axel Toupane, who is listed as day-to-day.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Predicted Lineups
The Boston Celtics could see some changes made to their starting five from the last game, with both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker off the injury report. Marcus Smart is likely to pair up with Walker in the backcourt, while Jaylen Brown will partner Tatum as the other forward. Daniel Theis should keep his position as the center to complete the starting lineup.
From the reserves, Jeff Teague and Payton Pritchard will play most of the rotation minutes for the guards, while Grant Williams and Robert Williams will provide cover for the three frontcourt players.
The Milwaukee Bucks are likely to play the same starting five from their last game if Giannis Antetokounmpo cannot return. Jrue Holiday and Donte DiVincenzo are likely to start proceedings from the backcourt, while Pat Connaughton could start again if Giannis remains out and will partner Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez in the frontcourt.
On the reserves, the likes of Bobby Portis and Bryn Forbes (if cleared to play) will likely see the most amount of playing time. P.J. Tucker could be another key player for the Bucks coming off the bench, but it remains to be seen if he will be available for selection.
Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Predicted starting 5's
G Kemba Walker, G Marcus Smart, F Jaylen Brown, F Jayson Tatum, C Daniel Theis
G Jrue Holiday, G Donte DiVincenzo, F Khris Middleton, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, C Brook Lopez