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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics - 4/22/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Especially with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton combining for 23 points in the opening half, as the Bucks took a, 58-35, lead into halftime.

And they did just that throughout the duration of the first quarter, holding the Celtics to 2-for-18 from the field, while forcing eight turnovers and blocking five shots.

Milwaukee trails in the series 2-1 and hosts Game Four on Sunday. The Celtics posted a monster 113.2 offensive rating in the first two games in Boston, but they were due for a down game given their injury situation.

Henson was second on the team in rebounding, averaging 6.8 per game.

Later he got a driving Jayson Tatum to close the first quarter. "I thought when [Matthew] Dellavedova and [Thon] Maker came in, their energy was contagious and really pushed us out and I thought we were settling already prior to that".

Al Horford paced Boston with 16 points as it squandered an opportunity to take a commanding series lead. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record. The biggest change from the first two games to Game 3 was Milwaukee actually playing defense, challenging the Celtics' shooters and forcing them to make tough shots instead of open looks.

"I told him we had to bring killer mentality back", Antetokounmpo said. Dellavedova entered the game after Eric Bledsoe picked up two early fouls and gave the Celtics trouble with his feisty on-the-ball defense, while Parker scored 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Rozier, the cocky foil of Bucks guard Bledsoe, said, "They had the crowd behind them and they played hard".

The Celtics' spirits didn't appear to be defeated, despite their beatdown in Game 3, and the players seemed anxious to respond in Game 4 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Sunday afternoon. Maker had a team high plus-minus (+23). Boston's Game 3 numbers failed to measure up: they hit only 40 percent from the floor and went eight of 24 from three point range. "We can't wait until Sunday, just been doing what we've been doing all year". He said what he had to say, and I said what I had to say.

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