Defending Champion Bucks Slight Underdogs In Celtics Series

  • The Boston Celtics swept the Brooklyn Nets and became the frontrunners in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks handled the Chicago Bulls in 5 games, although they lost Khris Middleton.
  • The Celtics have -210 odds to win their upcoming series against the Bucks.

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics, fresh off of a sweeping victory over the Brooklyn Nets, are favored to beat the defending champion, Milwaukee Bucks, in the second round.

Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Boston Celtics – Series Odds

  • Milwaukee Bucks +175
  • Boston Celtics -210

The series looks to be close, and could potentially hinge on the severity of the injury suffered by Khris Middleton of the Bucks in Round 1.

Middleton, who has famously been excellent against the Celtics in previous years, is going to miss the entire series, and that means that the Bucks will be down to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday as true stars.

The range of outcomes on the series seems to be fairly wide, as there are a lot of reasonably possible outcomes to this series between elite Eastern Conference competition.

Bucks Vs. Celtics Series Correct Score Odds

  • Bucks 4-0 +1600
  • Celtics 4-0 +800
  • Bucks 4-1 +1100
  • Celtics 4-1 +350
  • Bucks 4-2 +450
  • Celtics 4-2 +450
  • Bucks 4-3 +650
  • Celtics 4-3 +350

The most likely outcomes, according to the online sportsbooks, are the Celtics winning in seven games or the Celtics winning in five games.

Bucks 4-2 and Celtics 4-2 are tied, with the most unlikely outcome of the series being Bucks in 4 or Bucks in 5.

Notably, Bucks in 6 is one of the more likely outcomes, which reflects the way home court advantage works in the NBA.

Game 6 will take place in Milwaukee, while a potential Game 7 will take place in Boston, so Bucks in 6 is significantly more likely – according to the odds – than Bucks in 7.

Celtics Vs. Bucks – Number of Games Played in Series Odds

  • 7 +180
  • 6 +200
  • 5 +275
  • 4 +550

The most likely outcome according to the number of games played odds is that the series will go seven games, with six and five being the second most likely.

The NBA oddsmakers may think that the Celtics will win the series, but they certainly do not think that the Bucks have no shot at making it competitive.

Milwaukee Bucks Vs. Boston Celtics Game 1 Odds

  • Milwaukee Bucks +165
  • Boston Celtics -195

The odds for Game 1 are very similar to the odds available on the series as a whole, although Boston is mildly less favored in the first game than they are in the Series.

The Bucks stealing home court could do a lot of damage to many people’s predictions of this series, so games one and two will be very important in this matchup.