Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Picks, Predictions & Statistics

Our expert hoops handicapper Stephen Rodriguez gives his best picks for today's NBA games
Stephen Rodriguez
Thu, January 16, 6:08 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers saw their nine-game winning streak snapped at home on Wednesday night courtesy of the Orlando Magic and Markelle Fultz’s second career triple-double.

On Thursday night, the top two teams in the Eastern Conference - the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks - clash at the Fiserv Forum.

Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz look to extend their NBA-best 11-game winning streak against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Here’s a look at today’s NBA games:

BET OF THE DAY:

Utah Jazz (-4.5) @ New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 PM:

  • Utah has the eighth best ATS record in the NBA this season (22-18).
  • The Jazz have a 6-2 ATS record in New Orleans since 2015-16. (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The Utah Jazz (28-12) won an 11th consecutive game after taking down the Brooklyn Nets 118-107.

Joe Ingles was on point from long range, knocking down six-of-eight three-pointers while matching his career high of 27 points. Rudy Gobert added a double-double with 22 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks.

New Orleans (15-26) got back on track and wrapped up a three-game road trip with a 117-110 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons.

Each member of the Pelicans’ starting five scored in double figures, including Jahlil Okafor who had a huge day posting a double-double with 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

On a down note, New Orleans was without all three of the team’s leading scorers in Detroit - Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick.

Utah has won both meetings with New Orleans this season, including a narrow 128-126 road win 10 days ago.

Although the result was close, the Jazz defense uncharacteristically allowed the Pelicans to shoot nearly 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range.

It’ll take another near-perfect shooting game from New Orleans to slow down the Jazz and if they’re without their top three scorers again, I don’t see that happening.

Utah will keep the ball rolling for a 12th straight win and cover the spread (-4.5) in New Orleans.

2u - Utah Jazz (-4.5) @ -110

Phoenix Suns (-3) @ New York Knicks, 7:30 PM:

  • Phoenix have won each of the last three meetings with New York.
  • The Knicks have a 2-4 ATS record against the Suns at Madison Square Garden since 2013-14. (Stat courtesy of Statschecker).

The Phoenix Suns (16-24) snapped a two-game winning streak in Atlanta, losing to the Hawks 123-110.

Two of the best young sharpshooters in the NBA - Devin Booker and Trae Young - went at it as Booker scored a game-high 39 points with Young right behind him with 36. DeAndre Ayton added a double-double off the bench with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

After snapping a five-game losing streak with an upset win over the Miami Heat on Sunday, the New York Knicks (11-30) went back to their losing ways with an ugly 128-102 loss to the Bucks.

Julius Randle and RJ Barrett were the lone bright spots for New York. Randle posted a double-double with a team-high 25 points and 15 rebounds while Barrett added 22 points and eight rebounds.

In the first meeting between these teams, Phoenix rallied in the second half to edge out New York 120-112.

This time around, my expectation is the Suns will lead nearly wire-to-wire mainly due to the Knicks’ lack of scoring.

Phoenix ranks 10th best in the NBA averaging (113.1 ppg) while New York sits fourth worst in the league totaling 104.8 ppg.

Take the Suns to cover (-3).

1u - Phoenix Suns (-3) @ -105

Boston Celtics @ Milwaukee Bucks (-8.5), 8:00 PM

  • The Bucks and Celtics are two of the top four teams ATS this season - Boston ranks at 22-15-2 and Milwaukee sits in fourth at 24-18 (Stats courtesy of Statschecker).

The top two teams in the East cross paths for a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview.

Milwaukee (36-6) took care of business at home with a dominating 128-102 win over the woeful Knicks.

Giannis Antetokounmpo needed only 22 minutes to score 37 points with nine rebounds and four assists.

The Celtics (27-12) snapped a two-game winning streak after stumbling at home on Wednesday night, losing to the Detroit Pistons 116-103.

Boston’s defense was nonexistent as they allowed Detroit to shoot over 60 percent from the field.

Gordon Hayward and Jaylen Brown did most of the heavy lifting for the Celtics - Hayward had a team-high 25 points with seven rebounds and Brown contributed a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds.

Although the Celtics were able to knock off the Bucks in Boston earlier this season, Milwaukee has managed to win four of the last five meetings.

With this being a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, I’m anticipating the Greek Freak to have a gigantic game and put the team on his back and lead the Bucks to a commanding win.

1u - Milwaukee Bucks (-9.5) @ -110

Stephen Rodriguez
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Expert handicapper for both NBA and NCAAB with years of experience in the business
Mar 2020
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