Bucks vs. Celtics: Game 7 Prediction, picks, tv channel, live stream, how to watch NBA playoffs online

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The second-round series between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks was a huge tug of war. Milwaukee won Game 1. The Celtics responded in Game 2. Rinse. To repeat. We’ve played six games and neither team has won two in a row. It’s a pattern of resilience, as whatever team is pushed against the wall seems to find a way to fight its way back into control.

That pattern would appear to favor the Bucks, who suffered a disappointing home loss to the Celtics in Game 6 on Friday, but history suggests their best chance of winning that thing may have passed. Home teams win 80 percent of games 7 and Boston will host that showdown because the Bucks threw away their last game of the regular season to dodge the Brooklyn Nets in the first round. That decision could fall back on them on Sunday but they have the best player in the world and Giannis Antetokounmpo will not go down without a fight. Here’s how to set the mood for his showdown with Boston for a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.

(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks

  • When: Sunday May 15 | 3:30 p.m. ET
  • From where: TD Garden—Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ABC | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try for free)
  • Opportunities: mils +180; BOS-220; O/U 207 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Featured Game | Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks

storylines

Celts: The Bucks have the best player in the world. Few dispute that at this point. But Jayson Tatum sent another “best player in the world” in the first round when he defeated Kevin Durant. His fight with Antetokounmpo wasn’t that one-sided. In fact, Giannis probably bested him as a whole in the series. Tatum doesn’t need to beat the reigning Finals MVP one-on-one, but he does need to hold his own, match him shot for shot so his superior supporting cast can take the Celtics the rest of the way home. He did so in Game 6 with a masterful 46-point blast. If he does that again in Game 7, we have to wonder when his time as the NBA’s top player will come.

Dollar: Tatum might have matched Giannis in Game 6, but Games 1 through 5 belonged to the two-time MVP. Antetokounmpo scored 50 points in a finals game last season… and this could still be his most impressive playoff streak. He has attempted 27 or more shots in seven career playoff games. Five came in this row. The burden he carries is unimaginable. When he kills that specific Celtics team with the #1 defense and more opportunities to throw him than any other opponent, we have to acknowledge that this isn’t just a Hall of Famer we’re talking about, but someone with the potential to crack the pantheon. That kind of physical dominance hasn’t been seen since LeBron James peaked. He’s Shaquille O’Neal with a better grip and feel for the ball. Giannis is a superhero and if he pulls through that, we all need to start adjusting our top 10 players of all time to make room for a new addition.

forecast

As a general rule, you should select the home team in Game 7. Giannis would be a valid exception to this rule. If you were to ask me to make a rule free prediction on this game, I would say I expect it to be a close because most game 7s are close. But in the end I expect the Celtics to pull away with their superior shooting and less defensive weaknesses. If they lead far enough in the fourth game, they get a boost from the free throw fest at the end of the game to cover the spread. The pick: Celtics -5

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