Eastern Conference semifinals move to Boston as the Celtics prepare for a two-game tilt against first seed Milwaukee Bucks in Game-3 at TD Garden, in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Eastern Conference Semi-finals, Game-3 (Series is tied 1-1)
Teams: Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks
Match Day: May 04, 2019, @ 05:30 AM IST
Where the game is played? TD Garden (21,000)
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:
Milwaukee Bucks bounced back with a solid performance in Game-2, beating Boston Celtics 123-102 to level the second-round series 1-1.
Giannis Antetokounpmpo flexed his muscles, scoring a double-double with 29 points and 10 rebounds.
Khris Middleton was deadly from beyond the arc as he scored 7 of Bucks’ 20 three-pointers on his way to 28 points, also adding 7 rebounds to his efforts. Eric Bledsoe meanwhile scored 21 points and was one of the five Milwaukee players to score in the double-digits.
It was a typical Milwaukee performance. The dominated the rim and were far more aggressive inside the pain than their opponents. Giannis showed why he is a hot candidate for the MVP. He along with Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe set the tone for the hosts.
While Boston Celtics went back to their usual self. All the problems that Indiana Pacers failed to reveal in the first round, were there to see for the whole world.
Irving was caged and Celtics had no other plan to score points. They have to do better if they are to get the better of the Eastern Conference’s first seed.
Regular Season Record-
Boston Celtics: W-49, L-33
Milwaukee Bucks: W-60, L-22
Players to watch out for:
Kyrie Irving – Celtics’ problems surfaced as soon as the game started as Kyrie Irving struggled right from the jump ball. The former Cleveland Cavaliers star, who had 26 points and 11 assists in the series opener, could muster only 9 points on 4-of-18 shooting.
After the game, Irving praised Bucks for their defensive plans.
Al Horford – Looked a pale shadow of himself in the second game. He struggled to make an impact and failed to neutralise Giannis as well. But he is one of the Celtics’ most consistent players.
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Scored a double-double and was more of being himself in Game-2. He finished the game with 29 points and 10 rebounds. But right throughout the game, it felt that he could have more impact only if he wanted. He is one of the candidates for the MVP.
He went 7 for 16 from the inside the arc and 13 of 18 at the foul line.
The Greek-Freak is averaging 26 points per game in the playoffs, also racking up a team-high 11.2 rebounds per game.
Khris Middleton – Scored 28 points in the game along with 7 rebounds. The 27-year-old small forward was in a hell of a form in Game-2 as he buried 7 of Bucks’ franchise postseason high 20-3 pointers in the game. Along with Giannis, he is Bucks’ best offensive player.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
Injured – Marcus Smart will be missing the rest of the post-season with an abdominal strain.
Questionable – No other player is expected to miss the match.
Suspended – None.
Injured – Malcolm Brogdon was upgraded to questionable before Game-2, but his situation didn’t improve and he is expected to miss Game-3 as well.
Other injury concerns for Bucks are Donte DiVincenzo (Heel injury) and Pau Gasol (Ankle Injury).
Questionable – No other injury concerns.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
From the bench (Probables):
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
If Celtics are to win this game, they have to emulate the job they did on Giannis in Game-1. That’s easier said than done as Antetokounmpo has been one of the best players this season.
But you have to back Celtics up at TD Garden.
The Greens are favourite in this game.
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.