BUCKS @ CELTICS GAME 7
Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics, NBA PLAYOFFS GAME 7
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As NBA fans we have been absolutely spoiled with TWO incredible game 7 matchups on Sunday. Arguably the best series of the Playoffs so far is the physical series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Behind Jayson Tatum’s 46 points the Celtics managed a year saving 108-95 victory over the Bucks to take this series back home and force a game 7. Giannis has looked unstoppable, no team has won two games in a row, can the Celtics break the trend and win game 7? Here is my complete prediction and breakdown as well as my FREE Best Bet!
The Bucks have really felt the abscesses of all-star forward Khris Middleton in this series, especially in the closing stages of a game. I think it’s safe to say that Giannis is the best player in the NBA right now and with the absence of his running mate is taking on more and more load each game. He is averaging just under 40 minutes per game and putting up absurd numbers.
The biggest of the series so far was his game 6 44 points and 20 rebounds on 30 shots and 15 free-throw attempts. As a team the Bucks have played really good defense holding the Celtics to an average of 105 points per game.
The books have this game as Celtics by 5.5, which seems really high when you look at how these teams have basically traded games back and forth. Then you look at how these games have gone. A 0.1 second faster Horford tip in or 1 more rebound and the Celtics have won 5 of these 6 games.
The Celtics is shot themselves to favourites for the NBA finals after the All-Star break with their incredible defense. Game 6 saw the incredible Jayson Tatum game we have been waiting for. and 5, Tatum exploded for 46, including 7 threes made and brought the Celtics a game within the Eastern Conference finals.
The Celtics have home-court which is going to be vital in this game. They are going to need guys other than Brown and Tatum to hit some big shots and with the home crowd behind them should have the advantage from the 3-point line. I am not willing to stake my money on a 5.5 point spread in this game, so our free play we are turning to the player props.
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It’s quite absurd that Giannis’s over/under points is currently sitting at 35.5, but that’s what happens when you score 40+ in 3 consecutive games agains the best defense in the NBA. We know Giannis doesn’t shy away from these moments, last season he finished with 50 points in a knock-out game against the Suns in the NBA finals. We can expect him to put up some big numbers (win or lose) here again. With no Middleton Giannis will get his chance of 30-40 shots in this game and since he is converting at over 80% at the rim he should have no issue getting a lot of them to fall through. Pair this with the likely hood of 10-16 FT attempts and you can easily see Giannis finishing with another 40-50 point game.
Even if the Celtics are up 20 we know the Bucks won’t give in and Giannis will continue to play hard, besides injury there is nothing stopping Giannis in this game. Take the over.
FREE PICK: Giannis Antetokounmpo Over +35.5 points