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Pointspread favors Celtics in battle with Bucks

Milwaukee BucksBoston Celtics
Dec 21, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Odds

13-11TEAM RECORD13-12

The Boston Celtics host Milwaukee on Friday, looking to build on their 13-12 mark against the 13-11 Bucks in NBA action at TD Garden.

Boston battles the Bucks, currently with a 13-11 mark (11-12-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 14-10-1 for the Celtics and 10-14 for the Bucks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
The Celtics were listed as 5.5-point favorites at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark (including GTbets.eu), with the total was listed at 190 over at 5Dimes earlier.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 19-rated Celtics and the No. 17-rated Bucks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-96 win for the Celtics on Friday.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 30-rated squad against Milwaukee's No. 14-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 28 in the league with 5.4 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 25 with 5.7 per outing.

Defensively, the Bucks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 96.1 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

In their last action, Milwaukee was a 90-80 loser on the road against the Grizzlies. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Brandon Jennings scored 26 points for Milwaukee on Wednesday, but the Grizzlies managed a 90-80 victory over the Bucks at FedExForum.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 103-91 winner as they battled the Cavaliers at home. The Celtics covered in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 194 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Paul Pierce poured in 40 points for Boston on Wednesday, as they defeated Cleveland 103-91 at TD Garden.

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Cleveland are 8-2
After playing Memphis are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Brooklyn are 8-2
After playing Cleveland are 10-0
After a win are 4-6

A few Bucks at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 7 games on the road
Milwaukee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 14 games
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing Milwaukee
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Boston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee

Next up:
Milwaukee home to Cleveland, Saturday, December 22
Boston at Brooklyn, Tuesday, December 25