2018-19 NBA Regular Season – Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics taking place? Friday 2nd November 2018, 00:00 (UK)

Where is Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics taking place? TD Garden

What channel is Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics on? Local – TNT, NBCSB; UK – Live NBA, Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match via Sky Go

Are tickets still available for Milwaukee Bucks @ Boston Celtics? Tickets can be found on TicketMaster, the official ticket partner of the NBA - https://www1.ticketmaster.com/event/0100550ADAF3D7AB

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last five meetings: Bucks W2, Celtics W3 (regular season only)
All-time meetings: Bucks W108, Celtics W102 (regular season only)

THE LOWDOWN

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer

Team Captain: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Conference: Eastern Conference

Division: Central Division

W/L: 7-0

  • The Bucks currently have an NBA-best 7-0 record and are the only undefeated team in the entire Association, but there are a few things to note here since five of their games have been at home. Their 2-0 mark on the road looks good, but it’s a very small sample size to draw any conclusions from.

  • If we get into the stats a bit further, we can see some numbers appear to be unsustainable. The Bucks are scoring 120.0 and allowing 104.1 points per game, but they posted 106.5 scored and 106.8 conceded during the 2017-18 campaign. Plus, they are in the top five in most of the categories in the league: points per game (4th, 120.0), rebounds per game (1st, 55.6), assists per game (5th, 26.9) and blocks per game (2nd, 7.1).

  • The Bucks have a decent amount of absences ahead of this game, as Donte DiVincenzo and Trevon Duval are both day-to-day with quadriceps and eye injuries respectively. Jodie Meeks is suspended for the first 19 games of the 2018-19 season, and D.J. Wilson is out indefinitively with a hamstring problem. Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with a head problem, but he is expected to play Thursday.

BOSTON CELTICS

Head Coach: Brad Stevens

Team Captain: Kyrie Irving, Al Horford

Conference: Eastern Conference

Division: Atlantic Division

W/L: 5-2

  • There is no question the Celtics are on the rise of late, as their 5-2 record has them second in the Atlantic Division. The numbers do not lie; they have a 4-2 mark within the Eastern Conference, 2-1 in their own division, 2-1 at home and 3-1 on the road. They will aim to continue their recent fortunes against another playoff-calibre team.

  • One of the biggest strengths for the Celtics this season has been their top-ranked defense, since they have conceded a league-best 97.6 points per game, which is more than 2.0 points better than the second-ranked team, the Memphis Grizzlies. The downside, however, is that they rank 29th in points scored per game with only 102.4. This has been enough so far, but it will put a lot of pressure on the defence to stop Antetokounmpo and the Bucks attack.

  • The Celtics might not have Jaylen Brown, as the former first-round pick is on a day-to-day status with a foot injury. Daniel Theis has been ruled out indefinitively with the same problem.

THE PREDICTION

It remains to be seen how long the Bucks can stay undefeated, but there is no question the Celtics are on the right track following their recent performances and the fact that they are riding a three-game winning streak. Home-field advantage will be key, and Boston should escape with the win here.