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Bucks host Celtics in basketball action

Boston CelticsMilwaukee Bucks
Dec 1, 8:30 PM | Bradley Center

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds

9-7TEAM RECORD7-7

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Saturday when the Celtics of Boston hit the hard court against the Bucks of Milwaukee.

Supporters of the Celtics have seen them go 9-7 and 6-8-2 ATS so far this season, while the Bucks are at 7-7 and 6-8 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bucks are 6-8, while the Celtics are 9-6-1.

View Boston vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Milwaukee opened as 2.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 190 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bucks sit at No. 16 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Celtics are at No. 29 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Celtics will win this game 98-97.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Milwaukee's No. 14-rated squad against Boston's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Milwaukee rates No. 26 in the league with 5.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 29 with 5.1 per outing.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 21-rated mark, allowing 101.1 points per game when playing on the road. Milwaukee, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in scoring on their home court.

The Celtics were a 96-78 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Trail Blazers. They covered the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (174) made winners of UNDER bettors. Boston got 19 points from Jeff Green en route to a 96-78 victory over Portland on Friday at TD Garden.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 95-85 result against the Timberwolves on November 30. The Bucks failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point underdog, while the 180 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Brandon Jennings scored 18 points in a failed effort to lead the Bucks to victory (they lost 95-85 to Minnesota at Target Center on Friday).

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Minnesota are 7-3
After playing Portland are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing New Orleans are 3-7
After playing Minnesota are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

A few Celtics at Bucks trends to consider:
Boston is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 6 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games

Next up:
Boston home to Minnesota, Wednesday, December 5
Milwaukee at New Orleans, Monday, December 3