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Milwaukee Bucks' Jrue Holiday drives past Boston Celtics' Al Horford during the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series Monday, May 9, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Kyle Barrette

Not in Jimmy’s house! What an absolute beat down by the Heat. That was the exact performance they needed. It absolutely took all the wind out of the Sixers’ sails heading into an elimination game. If you are in Miami, your confidence can not be any higher heading back to Philly. The team in tonight’s game also has a lot of confidence, but they are coming into a game where they are the home team and that is the Boston Celtics. 

If you’re the Bucks, it’s got to be an uneasy feeling, but Giannis needs to share the ball more. He’s going to get his in the game, but look what the Mavericks were able to do to the Suns in games three and four, draining threes because the Suns were trying to stop Luka at all costs. Granted, he’s going to play almost the whole game, but if you’re whole game plan is to get the ball to Giannis and they are able to defend him well, then what? That’s what you have seen the past two games. In all honesty, the Celts should be up 3-1 and looking to close out game five on their home floor. Don’t let that get lost on you when you see the series is 2-2. 

The Al Horford narrative from game four gives me goosebumps. Old man Al getting it done after feeling disrespected on a Giannis dunk goes on to have a career night and you come into the biggest game of the series at home off of that type of energy. This Celtics team embodies more of a team-like playing style rather than a one-guy going to do it all and we’ll try and pick up the rest of the pieces philosophy. I get it, but I’m just saying that doesn’t work against a handful of teams, especially in a series. At this point, you can look at the blowout in Game One as rust from the layoff from sweeping the Nets in the first round, because other than that, this series has been almost all Boston.

Celtics vs Bucks Pick: Celtics -5.
I think a lot of people are going to look at this line and hit the Bucks because they will think there is no way they are going to beat them by five. Well, they blew them out by 23, then should have won but lost by two, then they just beat them by eight. So if the Celtics win this game by five at home, the way the series has gone, it is totally possible to take the Celtics to cover.

Same Game Parlay:
Celtics -5.5, Jayson Tatum First Basket, Giannis Over 31.5 Pts, Jayson Tatum Over 28.5 Pts and Marcus Smart Over 6.5 Assists. 

SGP Odds +10452

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