Celtics vs Bucks: Game 4 prediction, picks, TV channel, live stream, how to watch NBA playoffs online
At the start of this series, many believed the Boston Celtics would beat the Milwaukee Bucks due to their first-round dominance over the Brooklyn Nets and the absence of Khris Middleton. However, after three games, the Bucks now have a 2-1 lead and look like the top team. Can Milwaukee take a 3-1 lead Monday night in Game 4?
Milwaukee took the lead in this series thanks to dominating performances from Giannis Antetokounmpo on a night out, and with Jrue Holiday adequately filling the secondary scorer role without Middleton in the lineup. Despite Boston’s reported defense, he couldn’t find a way to slow down the reigning Finals MVP, but going forward, they’ll surely try to make sure guys like Holiday, Portis and the rest of the Milwaukee’s supporting cast did not catch fire. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Game 4.
(2) Boston Celtics @ (3) Milwaukee Bucks
- When: Monday May 9 | 7:30 p.m. ET
- Or: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: DTT | Direct: DTT app
- Odds: BOS-105; MIL-115; O/U 212.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Featured Game | Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics
Celtics: I don’t expect Jayson Tatum to score just 10 points from 21.1% from the field again in Game 3. Not when he’s averaging 28 points in the playoffs and has been much better efficiently until now. With the Celtics facing the possibility of a 3-1 loss if they lose in Game 4, I think we’ll see a huge rebound from Tatum, which seems more characteristic of the stellar performance he’s put in so far in the playoffs. If that happens — and Jaylen Brown can keep up his 27-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 3 — then Boston should be in a good position to return to TD Garden with that streak tied at two games apiece.
Deer: For two of the three games in this series, the Bucks have executed their game plan to perfection. Antetokounmpo has been an unstoppable force who has been unstoppable for virtually anyone the Celtics have put in front of him, and Holiday has more than picked up the slack with Middleton. Milwaukee took a 14-point lead in Game 4, and the only reason Boston got back into the game was because the Bucks looked away from the ball. Milwaukee will need more players like Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen in the future as Giannis racking up 42 points may not be the only way to beat this tough Celtics team, but we’ve seen the Bucks players step up countless times if needed.
Before this series started, I thought it was going far, and that hasn’t changed despite Giannis sometimes looking like Thanos with all the Infinity Stones. I think Boston ties this series with Tatum on the verge of having a standout performance. The pick: Celtics -1