The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are locked at 2-2 in the 2018 NBA playoffs after both clubs swept games on their home courts. On Tuesday, the crucial Game 5 takes place in Boston (7 p.m. ET), with the Celtics hoping to retake momentum.
Boston is a 2.5-point favorite, with the over-under for total points scored set at 204.5.
For optimal analysis of this important game, look no further than SportsLine expert Galin Dragiev. The seasoned NBA handicapper is SportsLine’s top NBA analyst and has kept his strong campaign going in the postseason.
What’s more, he has been zeroed in on these teams, posting an astounding 13-3 record in picks against the spread when the Celtics or Bucks are involved.
In Game 2, he knew that the reduced spread was an overreaction to Milwaukee forcing overtime in Game 1 and that the value was on the Celtics. The result: Boston rolled to a 120-106 victory and easily covered a 1.5-point spread. Now, he just released a play for Game 5.
Dragiev knows that in splitting their first four games, both clubs have managed a hard-fought victory along with one blowout. The Bucks dominated most of Game 4 before squandering a 20-point lead. Giannis Antetokounmpo made a game-winning putback to give Milwaukee a 104-102 victory.
The Bucks are attempting to overcome a dismal history when trailing 2-0 in a series. They are 0-17 all time in such situations, while the Celtics are 35-0 in series after taking the first two.
The Bucks have covered just once in their past five trips to Boston, but started their season with an outright win at TD Garden.