This article may be titled “Five Things to Know,” but here’s a sixth factoid on the house. I can’t handle too many more Game 7s for Boston. I know, this is just the second of the year, but these bad boys have been taking their wear and tear on my heart for years now. I’m a young lad, but my heart is that of an old chunk of coal. I quite literally had a test done in the cardiology section of the hospital today, and I can almost be certain the two things are related.
Here’s to a stress-free Game 7. — Mark Gallant
Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics (-4.5) | O/U: 195.5
7 p.m. ET | TNT
The Bucks’ Starters Have Been Better Than Boston’s
The 195.5 opening total in this one is indicative of what this series has been: a slow-paced, defensive affair. The main Bucks lineup of Malcolm Brogdon-Eric Bledsoe-Khris Middleton-Giannis Antetokounmpo-Thon Maker played 17 minutes last game and posted a +8.0 net rating despite scoring just 103.6 points per 100 possessions. They played at a pace of 90.1 possessions per 48 minutes; for reference, the Kings were the slowest team in the league this season, posting a 97.1 pace mark. A single error in a game this slow can be incredibly costly.