Bucks vs Celtics 2019 NBA Odds & Pick for Game 3

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 3, 2019 in

They say that a playoff series doesn’t truly begin until a road team wins a game. Well if that’s the case, then the second-round series between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks is underway. Let’s take a look at the latest NBA Odds for Bucks vs Celtics Game 3.

Bucks vs Celtics 2019 NBA Odds & Pick for Game 3

Impressive Bucks vs Celtics Game 2

Coming out with an impressive defensive game plan, the No. 4 Celtics frustrated the top-ranked Bucks all afternoon long, before pulling away in the fourth quarter for a 112-90 victory to take a 1-0 series lead.

Al Horford was tremendous, finishing with 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, while also shutting down potential MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on the defensive end. The Greek Freak couldn’t get anything going, as his drives to the basket were shut off on a consistent basis. He finished with 22 points but needed 21 shots to get them.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving finished with 26 points, 10 assists and six rebounds in another stellar postseason performance. The Celtics also got strong games off the bench from Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier, who combined for 22 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.

The surprising blowout win for the Celtics set up a vital Game 2 on Tuesday night. Game three takes the action to Boston where the Celtics will experience home court for the first time in the series. I expect a big game from the Celtics and an overwhelming performance by Brad Stevens.

Coaching or lack of situational excellence can cost a team in the playoffs. There is a reason why the Celtics, the Warriors, and the Spurs have traditionally done well in the playoffs, while teams like the Toronto Raptors, tend to fall flat. Coaching and consistent game planning is a crucial part in developing halftime adjustments necessary to overcome top tier talent.

Because of their obvious advantage in that realm, I feel that the Celtics have the upper hand, as shown in game one of the series. They can dominate top talent when motivated and with a proper plan in place.

Celtics Big Man Underrated

Al Horford is somehow still underrated after all these years, but he stepped up once again on Sunday afternoon with a huge performance. Not only did he finish with 20 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks, but he played fantastic defense against Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Greek Freak couldn’t get going in Game 1, and it was due in large part to Horford. The veteran is one of the few players in the league with the combination of strength and athleticism to make life difficult for Giannis, and he certainly did so in the opening game. Though Giannis got 22 points, he needed 21 shots in order to get them. The more pressure Giannis feels, the more he presses, which is when the big man tends to try to do too much.

Boston Loving Back Home

Again, I’ll take the Celtics to run away with this one at home and beat the Bucks by forcing Giannis to feel the heat, mostly with Horford’s versatility. Kyrie will have his box score, but the big man, Horford will again be the catalyst for victory.