The Celtics hold a 2-1 lead after capturing the first two games of the series at home.
The Milwaukee Bucks came into Friday night's Game 3 at home against the Boston Celtics with a must-win feel around it. Game 1 went down to the wire before Boston won in overtime, and the Celtics were the ones who controlled Game 2 from start to finish. The Celtics posted a monster 113.2 offensive rating in the first two games in Boston, but they were due for a down game given their injury situation.
Boston now has a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with Game 4 in Milwaukee on Sunday and Game 5 back in Boston on Tuesday.
The Celtics went 28-13 (.683) on the road during the regular season, behind only the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors for the best away record. Odds for that game will soon be released at BetDSI Sportsbook; they figure to be similar to the Game 3 line.
Al Horford had 16 to lead the Celtics. Greg Monroe added 15 points plus 12 boards off the bench, Jayson Tatum had 14 and Jaylen Brown 11 for the Celtics. After dominating Drew Eric Bledsoe in the first two games, Rozier was sloppy throughout the game and Bledsoe got the best of him on both ends.
The game was so well in hand that the Bucks closed out the victory with Antetokounmpo on the bench for much of the fourth quarter with five fouls.
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For tonight's third game, Odds Shark has given the Milwaukee Bucks the consensus edge on the point spread.
By the time halftime rolled around, most Green Teamers were probably asking if it was okay to forget about this game already. "I think that everyone who played, who came in, was ready to go and brought the energy". They made nearly 40 percent of their 3-pointers in Boston - they just didn't take enough of them. The Celtics were 32 of 80 for 40.0 percent from the floor.
The Bucks' All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points, five rebounds and six assists, including a huge dunk from the top of the key and over the Celtics' Australian big man Aron Baynes. Rozier ended up with just nine points, two rebounds, nine assists, and two steals on 2-7 shooting with five turnovers.
Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. He got extended run with John Henson out of the mix with a sore back and took advantage. I'm expecting it. [The referees] knew what they wanted before the game started. Perhaps the Celtics will play more zone in Game 4.
Milwaukee's Australian centre Thon Maker has played a starring role in the Bucks' NBA playoff win. Until Boston shows they can slow Milwaukee's offense, you have to ride with the hosts here.