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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Preview: A Battle for Supremacy in the East

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How will Milwaukee’s elite offense fare against a stout Celtics defense?

NBA: Playoffs-Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off of a 124-109 drubbing of the Toronto Raptors on Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks will duke it out with the Boston Celtics at TD Garden before the Bucks head West.

Bucks Update

The Bucks will have a fully healthy Giannis Antetokounmpo for their battle with the Boston Celtics tonight, as the Greek Freak has cleared the NBA’s concussion protocol after taking a nasty blow to the head last Saturday.

Although he only missed one game, this game tonight feels like it’s going to be a Giannis “takeover” night at the TD Garden after his bouts with Boston in the Playoffs. It’s also worth noting that Donte DiVincenzo is listed as questionable for tonight with a left quad contusion.

Player to Watch: Eric Bledsoe

After last season’s disappointing playoff performance against the Celtics, starting point guard Eric Bledsoe will look to redeem himself against Terry Rozier and the Boston Celtics. Bledsoe has gotten off to a fast start to the season, averaging 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 7 assists while shooting 47.4% from the floor. C’s point guard Terry Rozier totally owned Bledsoe in all facets in the playoffs last season, so we should fully expect to see Eric Bledsoe try and avenge last years horrific showing. Oh yes, there will definitely be some trash talking between the two in this one. Grab some popcorn, folks.

Celtics Update

Winners of three straight games, the Celtics come into their tilt with the Milwaukee Bucks with a record of 5-2. Their team defense has been stellar thus far as they currently lead the NBA with a 96.2 DefRtg. However, they’ll be without big man Daniel Theis for this one who has been dealing with a sprained foot. Jaylen Brown is also listed as questionable. Although Boston’s team defense has been phenomenal, their offense has been less than stellar with a 100.8 OffRtg (28th in the league). It will be interesting to see how Milwaukee’s offense holds up against an elite Celtics defense.

Player to Watch: Kyrie Irving

Not only is he one of the most entertaining players to watch in all of basketball, but he might also be the best tough shot maker in the league. I mean, how does one guard this???

Kyrie has also torn the Bucks to shreds over the course of his career, piling up averages of 24.3 points, 4 rebounds, 5.8 assists while shooting 49.6% from the floor and 40.7% from three in 23 career meetings. Kyrie adds a totally different dimension to this Boston Celtics team, and this battle between two of the premier teams in the East will be a doozy.

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Game 8: Against the Celtics, the Bucks will...

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  • 24%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (113 votes)
  • 46%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
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    (122 votes)
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    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
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