Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics: Match Preview and Predictions - 30th October 2019
Date & Time: Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 07:30 PM ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, MA
Last game results
Milwaukee Bucks (2-1): 129-112 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers (28th October, Monday)
Boston Celtics (2-1): 118-95 win against the New York Knicks (26th October, Saturday)
Milwaukee Bucks Preview
The Bucks are easily the best team in the East and are expected to come out of the conference without much difficulty. No other team in the East has so much talent on their team and with the departure of Kawhi Leonard to the West, the Bucks will be looking to make it to their first NBA Finals since 1973-74.
After a tough home loss against the Miami Heat in overtime, they bounced back quickly by securing a win against the hapless Cleveland Cavaliers. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team to their second win of the season with 14 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Seven players scored in double-digits for the Bucks and this talks volumes about their bench depth. This game will be the first of a two-game road trip and a win here will help their momentum going to Orlando.
Key Player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
The defending MVP started the season hot with a triple-double in their season opener against the Houston Rockets on the road, before backing it up with yet another strong outing of 29 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists against the Miami Heat.
The Bucks' fortunes heavily depend on Giannis Antetokounmpo and for them to win against a good Celtics team, they need him to dominant on both ends of the floor.
Last time Giannis played against the Celtics was in the conference semi-finals, where he averaged a ridiculous 28.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.6 steals per game. The Bucks defeated the Celtics in five games after losing Game 1 at home.
Bucks predicted lineup
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Eric Bledsoe
Boston Celtics Preview
There is a new point guard in Boston and with the departure of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Al Horford, this will be the start of a new era for the team and they will be looking to reinvent themselves.
After losing two of their biggest stars in the off-season, the team signed Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million contract extension. This raised the eyebrows of a lot of fans and analysts around the league but Brown appears to be like he is on a mission to prove everyone why he truly deserves that money.
Playing alongside All-Star guard Kemba Walker, Brown has been scoring nicely for the Celtics and came up big in their two wins this season.
Key Player - Kemba Walker
A lot of basketball fans are really happy that Kemba Walker is finally out of Charlotte, for good. After eight long seasons with the franchise where they made it to the post-season only twice, Kemba signed with the Boston Celtics on a four-year, $141 million contract.
After scoring just 12 points in their season opener loss against the conference rivals, Philadephia 76ers, the 29-year-old scored 22 points in their six-point win against the Toronto Raptors.
A night later, he dropped 32 points enroute to a 23-point blowout win against the New York Knicks. There are very few players in the league that can score baskets effortlessly and Walker is one of them. For the Celtics to enjoy good success this season, they need every bucket they can get from him.
Celtics predicted lineup
Jayson Tatum, Gordon Hayward, Kemba Walker, Robert Williams, Jaylen Brown
Bucks vs Celtics match prediction
The two teams are loaded with talent and the game is expected to go down to the wire. Both sides have good defenders on their teams that can block the shots at-will. This is expected to be a low-scoring game where defense decides who comes out on top.
With that being said, I would go ahead and pick the Celtics because of the fact that they are playing on their home court. The Celtics are also a better team on the defensive end compared to the Bucks and this adds more weight to my prediction.
Where to watch Bucks vs Celtics?
Local coverage of the game can be caught on NBC Sports Boston. The game will also be broadcast nationwide on ESPN. Additionally, you can also live stream the game via NBA League Pass.Published 30 Oct 2019, 07:30 IST