Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to level the series when they host Boston Celtics in Game-2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals match at Fiserv Forum, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference Semi-finals, Game-2, Celtics lead 1-0
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics
Match Day: May 01, 2019
Jump Ball Time: @ 05:30 AM 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:
As soon as the playoffs start, almost every Basketball fan and the pundit have a clear idea about who should be crowned the MVP. Normally, their discretion hovers between two or three players, each having a valid reason to support their candidate.
This season, there are a handful of players whose name is being pitched for the highest individual award in the NBA fraternity. Sure, Giannis Antetokounplo is one of the names in the hat.
He is a player with a multidimensional approach and can do a bit of everything. He has the power of a bull and the stamina of the marathon runner.
But in Game-1 of the 2nd round series against Boston Celtics, he looked utterly average, at times. He was caged, neutralised perfectly by the Celtics' who came own heavy on him whenever they could.
“Our focus was just to make sure we made it tough on him every time,” Al Horford said after the match.
Horford blocked him, trapped him and stripped him many times in the match, making him look almost an ordinary. player.
Antetokounmpo had 22 points but managed just 7 of 21 from the field as the Milwaukee Bucks were rolled over 90-112 in Game-1 at Fiserv Forum.
But Celtics' performance was a surprise as well. For they lacked consistency all season and the odds were heavily stacked against them against Eastern Conference's No-1 seed.
Talk about the big teams with a rich history, Kyrie Irving and Co. put together a performance reminiscent of the Greens' famous past.
Horford was immense in defence and produced three blocks on Antetokounmpo alone. While Kyrie Irving was being himself. There was no surprise there. The 2016 NBA Champions ran the show, posting a double-double with a game-high 26 points and 11 assists.
With the home advantage gone in the very first game, the Bucks must galvanize themselves for the pivotal second game.
Regular Season Record-
Milwaukee Bucks: W-60, L-22
Boston Celtics: W-49, L-33
Players to watch out for:
Giannis Antetokounmpo – According to ESPN's stats, Giannis Anteotokounpo shot 4-of-15 (just 27%) from inside the pain, his worst performance this season from that particular zone.
But Antetokounmpo is still new to the post-season. At 24, he is still developing as a player. You can be sure that the Game-1 performance won't be repeated in this series. For he is too good a player.
The Greek-Freak is averaging 25.4 points per game in the playoffs, also racking up a team-high 11.2 rebounds per game.
Khris Middleton – Bucks fans still talk about Middleton's heroics against Celtics last season. He averaged 24.7 points per game against the Greens in the playoffs.
This season he started on a fairly good note, scoring a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Along with Giannis, he is Bucks' best offensive player.
Kyrie Irving – Not only he scores big but this version of Kyrie Irving dominates all quarters of the game. Be it the defence, or the offence.
Against Bucks in Game-1, he dropped a game-high 26 points, doing so almost at will with the help of many fadeaways, layups, dunks and jumpers.
His shotmaking was crucial in the match, his positioning unparalleled.
Al Horford – His versatility was in full flow in Game-1. He was the reason behind the perfect neutralization of Giannis Antetokounmpo. He had a double-double, posting 20 points and 11 rebounds in the match.
But his biggest impact came on defence, where he blocked three shots.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – There are no fresh injury concerns for the Bucks ahead of this match with Donte DiVincenzo (Heel injury) and Pau Gasol (Ankle Injury) remaining on the sidelines.
Questionable – According to reports, Bucks have upgraded Malcolm Brogdon to questionable ahead of this match.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Marcus Smart is expected to miss the rest of the post-season with an abdominal strain.
Questionable – None.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
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INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Bucks should be well-prepared for their second game of the series.
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.