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The Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics for Game 6 Friday night. The Bucks lead the series 3-2. Can the Celtics force a Game 7? Jason Radowitz shares his prediction.
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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Prediction: Will the Celtics Force Game 7?

The Boston Celtics choked away a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Game 5, losing to the Milwaukee Bucks, 110-107. The Bucks now lead the East Semifinals series, 3-2, and have home court for Game 6. The Celtics won their last game against Milwaukee on the road and are now in a must-win situation in Game 6. Can the Celtics force Game 7? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Friday's game between the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks vs. Celtics Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 13, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

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Bucks vs. Celtics Injury Report

Bucks:

Out: G Khris Middleton (Knee)

Celtics

Questionable: C Robert Williams (Knee) 

Out: F Sam Hauser (Shoulder)

Bucks vs. Celtics Line Movement

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks rallied late in the fourth quarter, squeezing by a Celtics team that was ice cold in the fourth quarter. The Bucks scored 33 points in the fourth while the Celtics added just 21 points. The Bucks were led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who added 40 points and 11 rebounds in Game 5.

Finally, Antetokounmpo had some help from other contributors. Jrue Holiday added 24 points and had some clutch shots and defensive plays towards the end of the game. Bobby Portis and Pat Connaughton each scored in double-figures and Portis even added 15 rebounds.

The Bucks needed that with Khris Middleton still out due to injury.

Still, Boston ended up shooting 51.2% from the field. The Celtics also turned the ball over three fewer times but ended up getting destroyed on the glass, losing the rebounding battle, 49-36.

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The Bucks had 17 offensive rebounds and some were in huge moments of the game, off Antetokounmpo's missed foul shots.

The Celtics won in the paint, scored more in the fast break, and overall shot better from the foul line. But Milwaukee nailed 44.8% from deep while the Celtics shot just 32.3% from long range in Game 5.

Ultimately, the difference was rebounding. The Celtics better hope Robert Williams is available for Game 6. Even if he's not available, that's the one area that the Celtics need to improve in. The Bucks had way too many second-chance opportunities.

If the Celtics tighten up on the boards, I like the Celtics to force a Game 7.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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