Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics Prediction for January 11

The Boston Celtics, boasting the NBA’s top home record this season with an unbroken streak of 18 victories at the TD Garden, are set to face an away game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, aiming to snap their home losing streak, will challenge a potentially weary Celtics team.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics

Leading the Eastern Conference with a 29-8 tally, the Celtics have shown exceptional form at home, securing wins in all 14 TD Garden games – a new franchise record for consecutive home wins at the start of a season. The Milwaukee Bucks, meanwhile, have struggled for consistency. Despite being second in the Eastern Conference, their recent two-game losing streak has them in a precarious position, and a victory against the Celtics, who firmly hold the top spot, won’t significantly alter their standing. The two teams have met once this season, with the Celtics clinching a close 119-116 victory over the Bucks. This upcoming match presents Milwaukee with an opportunity to even the score in this season’s head-to-head.

The showdown is scheduled for 19:30 ET on Thursday, January 11, 2024, which corresponds to 00:30 GMT on Friday, January 12. The Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will host the event.

For those interested in wagering on the Celtics vs Bucks match on January 11, this article provides sports betting tips, predictions, the latest odds, essential statistics, team news, and probable starting lineups.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics latest odds on betting sites

The moneyline odds for the Bucks are set at 1.41, equivalent to -245 in American odds, while the moneyline odds for the Celtics are at 3.00, or +200 in American format.

Spread:

  • Bucks +6.0: 1.91 (-110)
  • Celtics -6.0: 1.9 (-110)

Over/Under:

  • Over 240.0: 1.91 (-110)
  • Under 240.0: 1.91 (-110)

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics last game results

The Milwaukee Bucks have been struggling lately, losing four of their last five games. Their recent defeat at home against Utah was particularly significant. The Jazz delivered a strong offensive performance, scoring 132 points with an impressive 52.2 percent shooting accuracy.

In that game, the Bucks were missing their all-star point guard Damian Lillard. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with a triple-double, scoring 25 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. In Lillard’s absence, Chris Middleton contributed 23 points, 8 assists, and 2 steals.

Other notable performances for the Bucks came from Malik Beasley with 17 points, and Brook Lopez who added 13 points and 2 blocks. Bobby Portis and AJ Green each scored 8 points. The team clearly felt the absence of Lillard’s offensive impact.

The Bucks’ team stats were as follows: 42/94 (44.7%) in field goals, 17/36 (47.2%) in 3-pointers, and 15/19 (78.9%) in free throws. They also recorded 31 assists, 38 total rebounds, 6 blocks, 6 steals, and 9 turnovers.

For the Bucks, Jae Crowder (groin) is out for the upcoming game, while Cameron Payne (concussion) is listed as questionable.

On the other hand, the Boston Celtics maintained their unbeaten home record by defeating the Minnesota Timberwolves in a nail-biting overtime game. It was a standout performance, especially since the Celtics played without their key center, Kristaps Porzingis.

Jaylen Brown started the game strongly with 15 points in the first quarter, but it was Jason Tatum who clinched the win for the Celtics, leading the team with 45 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 steal. Tatum’s performance was particularly strong in the second half.

Jaylen Brown finished with 35 points and 11 rebounds, showcasing the strength of the Celtics’ forward duo. Jrue Holiday contributed 12 points, while Al Horford and Derrick White each added 9 points.

The Celtics’ team statistics included 39/90 (43.3%) in field goals, 19/47 (40.4%) in 3-pointers, and 30/31 (96.8%) in free throws. They also had 21 assists, 46 total rebounds, 5 steals, 4 blocks, and 8 turnovers.

For the Celtics, Kristaps Porzingis (knee) is questionable for the upcoming game.

Celtics vs Bucks H2H

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics have clashed a total of 227 times in official NBA games. In this historic rivalry, both teams have an evenly matched record, with each side securing 117 victories. Currently, the Boston Celtics are enjoying a two-game winning streak in their head-to-head matchups against the Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Boston Celtics lineups and key players

Boston Celtics projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Jrue Holiday
  • Shooting guard: Derrick White
  • Small forward: Jaylen Brown
  • Power forward: Jayson Tatum
  • Center: Kristaps Porzingis

Jayson Tatum has emerged as the standout player for the Celtics this season. While he has adjusted his offensive game to foster better team cohesion, his remarkable performance against the Timberwolves underscored his exceptional scoring ability. Recognized as one of the NBA’s elite players, Tatum excels in both offensive and defensive plays. He is currently averaging an impressive 28.0 points per game this season.

Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup: 

  • Point guard: Damian Lillard
  • Shooting guard: Malik Beasley
  • Small forward: Khris Middleton
  • Power forward: Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Center: Brook Lopez

Giannis Antetokounmpo, with an average of 31.4 points per game, ranks third in the NBA’s points-per-game leaderboard. His shooting efficiency is notable, with a field goal percentage of approximately 60%. Additionally, his defensive impact is significant, as he averages around a block and a steal per game. His role as the franchise player is undeniable; the team draws considerable energy and momentum from his dynamic play and leadership.

Celtics vs Bucks predictions and betting tips

The Boston Celtics are facing a challenging schedule, playing their second consecutive game without a break, as they head into their matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. This lack of rest could be a factor in the game. The Celtics, who are proficient at mid-range jumpers, might find an advantage here, as they rank 7th in the league in this aspect. This aligns well against the Bucks, who have shown weaknesses in defending mid-range shots.

On the other side, the Milwaukee Bucks are eager to break their current losing streak. They typically struggle against teams that are strong in three-point shooting, like the Celtics, who boast the sixth-best three-point shooting percentage in the NBA. Despite this, the Bucks are expected to compete fiercely in this game. Given the circumstances, including the potential impact of fatigue on the Celtics, it is anticipated that the Celtics, despite being the underdog, will cover the spread.

  • Betting prediction: Boston Celtics +6
  • Odds: 1.91 (-110 American). 
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