- Date & Location: Wednesday, May 11, at TD Garden in Boston, MA
- Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: TNT
The Milwaukee Bucks earned their spot in the 2022 NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Semifinals by defeating the Chicago Bulls in five games during the first round. Milwaukee’s opponent in the semis, the Boston Celtics, earned their way to the second round with a four-game sweep of the Brooklyn Nets.
The Milwaukee vs. Boston series kicked off with the Bucks defeating the Celtics 101-89. Boston pulled even in Game 2 with a 109-86 win. Milwaukee rebounded in Game 3 and took advantage of the series with a 103-101 victory. The Celtics tied the series at 2-2 on Monday night with a 116-108 win in Milwaukee. Game 5 takes place tonight in Boston.
Before we look at Game 5 of the 2022 NBA Playoff Series between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks, check out the odds for the 2022 NBA Playoffs and our guide to betting on the NBA.
Celtics vs. Bucks Game 5 picks
Milwaukee Bucks breakdown and analysis
Time will tell if Giannis Antetokounmpo made a mistake in Game 4. With his team up on the scoreboard in the third period, Antetokounmpo dunked on Boston’s Al Horford and then had some words for the Boston player. After that moment, the Celtics outscored the Bucks 68-54 and outshot them from the field 61 percent to 48 percent. The Celtics also dominated the Bucks in three-point shots after that, hitting 8-of-15 while the Bucks connected on 4-of-10. A seemingly small thing can cause a shift in momentum in a game, and it seems as if the Antetokounmpo dunk was that moment in game 4.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring in Game 4 with 34 points, but that number was eight fewer than he put up in Game 3.
Look for Antetokounmpo to motivate his team and not the opposition in Game 5 tonight in Boston.
Boston Celtics breakdown and analysis
Al Horford had a career playoff best game on Monday. Horford put up 30 points in Boston’s win over the Bucks. He was coming off a 2022 post-season high of 22 points in Game 3 when he caught fire. The Celtics’ leading scorer in the 2022 postseason, Jayson Tatum, also contributed 30 points on Monday. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each had 18 points. The only starter not to hit double digits for the Celtics was Grant Williams, and he had nine points in 25 minutes, which was the lowest playing title among Boston starters.
Horford’s fourth quarter was fantastic. He has 16 points and went 6-for-6 from the field.
The Celtics have the momentum in this series. The 43 points the team scored on 16-of-19 shooting in the fourth quarter tied the team’s postseason record for points in a quarter. Further, the Celtics’ had not had a shooting percentage as high as the 84.2 percent they hit in that quarter since at least 1997-98.
Pick: Boston Celtics to beat Milwaukee Bucks
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