Boston Celtics (52-24, second in the Eastern Conference) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (55-21, first in the Eastern Conference)
Milwaukee; Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NBA LINE: Bucks -3; over/under is 236
BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee plays the Boston Celtics after Jrue Holiday scored 51 points in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 149-136 victory over the Indiana Pacers.
The Bucks are 32-15 in Eastern Conference games. Milwaukee leads the Eastern Conference with 37.7 defensive rebounds per game led by Giannis Antetokounmpo averaging 9.6.
The Celtics are 30-17 in Eastern Conference play. Boston ranks sixth in the NBA giving up only 112.0 points while holding opponents to 46.5% shooting.
The teams play for the third time this season. The Bucks won the last matchup 131-125 in overtime on Feb. 15, with Holiday scoring 40 points in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Holiday is shooting 47.7% and averaging 19.4 points for the Bucks. Antetokounmpo is averaging 25.3 points over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.
Jaylen Brown is scoring 26.8 points per game and averaging 6.9 rebounds for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum is averaging 2.5 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Bucks: 7-3, averaging 126.1 points, 47.2 rebounds, 29.0 assists, 6.0 steals and 5.5 blocks per game while shooting 51.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 119.5 points per game.
Celtics: 7-3, averaging 120.5 points, 45.0 rebounds, 27.8 assists, 7.2 steals and 5.0 blocks per game while shooting 49.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.8 points.
INJURIES: Bucks: Jae Crowder: day to day (calf), Khris Middleton: day to day (knee), Meyers Leonard: out (calf).
Celtics: Robert Williams III: day to day (knee), Danilo Gallinari: out (knee), Grant Williams: day to day (illness), Payton Pritchard: day to day (heel).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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