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Bucks-Celtics Betting Guide: Historical Trends Favor Boston

Dec 21, 2018 4:00 PM EST

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving.

Betting odds: Milwaukee Bucks at Boston Celtics

  • Spread: Celtics -1
  • Over/Under: 223.5
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

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The Boston Celtics are coming off an eight-point loss to the lowly Suns, and Al Horford and Aron Baynes will miss tonight’s game. As a result, the Celtics are just one-point favorites at home against the 21-9 Milwaukee Bucks. Where’s the value in tonight’s spread? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

Boston has lost two in a row. Under Brad Stevens, the Celtics have gone 57-45-1 (56%) ATS when on a losing streak, including 15-8 (65%) ATS the past three seasons.

Milwaukee (21-9) will enter Friday’s contest with a better record than Boston (18-12). Under Stevens, the Celtics have gone 60-38 ATS when facing an Eastern Conference opponent with a better winning percentage. — John Ewing

The Bucks enter this road showdown against the Celtics after shooting at least 50% from the field in their last two games — both wins against the Pelicans and Pistons.

Under Stevens, the Celtics are 18-10-1 ATS (64.3%) when facing a team that shot at least 50% from the field in consecutive games, covering the spread by 2.7 PPG. Since Stevens took over as Celtics head coach in 2013, he is the second-most profitable coach in the NBA in this spot just ahead of Mike Budenholzer. Last season the Celtics went 7-2 ATS in this spot, with their last two games coming against the Bucks in the playoffs. — Evan Abrams

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