In a high-profile Eastern Conference semifinals, Milwaukee Bucks will face Boston Celtics in Game-1 of the 2nd round of the playoffs at Fiserv Forum, in Downtown Los Angeles, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference Semi-finals, Game-1
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics
Match Day: April 29, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 10:30 PM IST
Where the game is played? Fiserv Forum (17,500)
TV Info: Sony Sports Network has the rights to stream NBA matches in India. Premier members can also catch the Live Action on SonyLiv App.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
It was forgone conclusion since the turn of the year that Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics will definitely be meeting in the second round of the NBA playoffs.
So here they are, after avoiding any first round hiccup and now preparing for the first game of this series.
Milwaukee Bucks will start at home and will enjoy the home court advantage in the series.
In the regular season, both the teams met three times, with Bucks winning twice. Here is the list of the results:
Milwaukee 113 at Boston 117
Milwaukee 120 at Boston 107
Boston 97 at Milwaukee 98
But it's worth noticing that Celtics missed several key players in each game. So there's hardly anything to take away from those matchups. And the playoffs are a completely different beast. The post-season is where the big-game players come alive. For them, the regular season is just a practice.
The Greens were supposed to finish the regular season at the top of the Eastern Conference. So Bucks are where Celtics were supposed to, in possession of a No-1 seed in the Eastern Conference and favorite to reach the finals.
But Celtics are a team with a rich history. These are the type of games where this franchise come alive.
In addition, the 18-time champions have a squad which reached the last season's conference finals. They also have the player who hit one of the most iconic shots in NBA history.
Bucks may not have the historical moments to cling on to, but they have Giannis Antetokounmpo, one of the favorites to win this season's MVP award.
He is hungry and so is the full squad. So anything is possible.
Regular Season Record-
Milwaukee Bucks: W-60, L-22
Boston Celtics: W-49, L-33
Players to watch out for:
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Brad Stevens was asked if Giannis Antetokounmpo was the favorite for the MVP. He answered with a straight yes.
The 24-year-old has had a phenomenal season. A driving force behind the rise of Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 27.7 points per game in the regular season, hitting those points at 57.8 percent.
While in the first round playoffs, he scored at 26.3 points per game, also adding 12.0 rebounds per game.
Eric Bledsoe – The 29-year-old Point Guard averaged second-most points per game for Bucks in the playoffs. He scored at 19.3 points per game and racking up a team-high 5.2 assists per game as well.
Kyrie Irving – The 2016 NBA Champion is a player tailor-made for the big occasions. The former Cavs is Celtics' best player, averaging a team-high 22.5 points per game in the playoffs.
His record against Milwaukee Bucks is pretty good as well as he averaged 21.7 points per game in the regular season. He can dance around defenders, can take little step backs, and then forward to pull an absolute rabbit out of his sleeves.
Jayson Tatum – He scored 26 points in the 2nd game of the first round [playoff series against Indiana Pacers and did so by producing many moments for highlight reels. Overall, he scored at 19.3 points per game in the playoffs.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Marcus Smart is still out for the Greens.
Questionable – In addition, Guerschon Yabusele picked up a knock in the first round and will be assessed before the match.
Suspended – None.
Injured – While Wolves will miss three players in the shape of Malcolm Brogdon (foot injury), Donte DiVincenzo (Heel injury) and Pau Gasol (Ankle injury) through their respective injury.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Bucks are at home for the series-opening match and are being seen favorite for at home.
NOTE: THIS BOS vs MIL Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.