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After Devastating Hayward Injury, it's Next Man Up Time for Celtics

The Boston Celtics suffered a season-opening defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday, but the bigger loss came when prized offseason acquisition Gordon Hayward sustained what’s very likely a season-ending ankle injury only five minutes into the game. Without Hayward around, the Celtics will look to pick up their first win vs the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.

Xbet opened the Bucks as 5.5-point road underdogs with a total of 206.5.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games in this matchup.
  • The Bucks are 1-5 SU in their last six games as road underdogs.
  • The Celtics are 1-4 SU and ATS in their last five games with no days off between games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee’s 22-year-old superstar, has already ascended to the upper echelon of the league in the wake of a season that saw him average 22.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.9 blocked shots and 1.6 steals. Khris Middleton is healthy after being limited to 29 games a year ago due to a hamstring injury and reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon will also be leaned on heavily in his second season.

The loss of Hayward means rookie Jayson Tatum will have a bigger role for the C’s. The first-round pick recorded 14 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes against Cleveland and had an excellent second half after going scoreless in the first two quarters. Second-year forward Jaylen Brown will also be needed to pick up the slack, and the UCLA product proved he’s up to the task thanks to a team-high 25 points in the season opener.

OVER bettors will be paying close attention to tonight’s contest. The Bucks have gone above the closing total in six of their last eight trips to Beantown, and the Celtics have gone OVER in six of their past seven at home.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at BetOnline opened the Boston Celtics as 6.5-point underdogs in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 209.5 earlier at Bovada.

OddsShark score prediction models pick a 103-101 result in favor of the Celtics today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Milwaukee Bucks have seen them go 0-0 and 0-0 ATS so far this NBA season, while the Boston Celtics are at 0-1 and 1-0 ATS. In OVER/UNDER totals betting, the Celtics are 0-1, while the Milwaukee Bucks are 0-0. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs Milwaukee injuries news.

This game pits the Boston Celtics, currently No. 11 in the OddsShark NBA Power Rankings, against the Milwaukee Bucks, who rate No. 18 in the most recent survey update.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Boston got 22 points and 10 assists from Kyrie Irving in a losing cause in a 102-99 loss to Cleveland on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Milwaukee is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games
  • Milwaukee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Milwaukee is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Boston
  • Boston is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games
  • Boston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Boston is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Milwaukee home to Cleveland, Friday, October 20
Boston at Philadelphia, Friday, October 20