Milwaukee Bucks can wrap up the series when they host Boston Celtics in Game-5 of the Eastern Conference at Fiserv Forum, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Thursday morning (IST).
What competition it is? NBA Playoffs
Series: Game-5, Bucks lead 3-1
Teams: Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics
Match Day: May 09, 2019, @ 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:
Boston Celtics were down by 8 points in the fourth quarter. But there was still time to spark a comeback, five minutes to be precise. Kyrie Irving had the ball and space as well. A three-point would have cut the deficit down to just five points, giving a big lift to the downbeat TD Garden. He was on the periphery of the three-point perimeter and shot the ball. But it bounced off the rim, and there went a collective sigh of frustration and disappointment.
This has been a story of this series so far. About what should have been and could have been of sorts. All those words evoking some kind of hypothetical scenarios for Celtics who are being clearly outplayed by a more hungry looking Bucks. But the fact is where Kyrie Irving is failing, Giannis Antetokounmpo is flourishing. And that is to lead the team when it really matters.
No, we are not questioning Kyrie Irving's talent or ability to carry a team on his shoulder, but Giannis has outperformed him completely in this series. Everywhere actually. Inside the paint, on the foul line and defensively as well.
The Greek-freak was at his best once again, posting 39 points and 16 rebounds as Bucks beat Celtics 113-101 at TD Garden to take a monumental 3-1 lead in the series.
It was a kind of a historical display from Giannis as he became just the third man to clock double with more than 35 points in less than 35 minutes. The other two greats were Houston Rockets' two-time finals MVP Hakeem Olajuwon and one of NBA's true greats Shaquille O’Neal.
Regular Season Record-
Milwaukee Bucks: W-60, L-22
Boston Celtics: W-49, L-33
Players to watch out for:
Giannis Antetokounmpo – As mentioned above, he logged some historical numbers in Game-4 where he had a double-double. In his 39 points and 16 rebounds, he shot at 65%. This was the first time that a layer had those kinds of numbers on Boston's soil. And not to mention, that he had a couple of pull-up 3s as well. Enough to give any head-coach some nightmares.
Khris Middleton – For sure, Giannis is hogging all the limelight and the talks of him carrying the team on his broad shoulders are all over the front pages. But Khris Middleton is having a wonderful postseason of his own. He is averaging almost 20 points per game in the playoffs.
Kyrie Irving – A couple of bad games in the series and almost all the Celtics fans are calling for his head. This is the cost of playing in a time of social media and the internet. But Irving is one of the most talented players and there shouldn't be any doubt in that regard.
But he has had a dip in his form against the Bucks, and it's untimely. He is averaging 22.1 points per game and 7.8 assists per game in the playoffs, which is more than decent. But he is shooting way below that his standards.
In Game-4, the former Cavs shot 31.8% from the floor and 14.3% from three.
Al Horford – The 32-year-old is logging a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game in the playoffs. He is also dropping 14.5 points per game.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 TEAM NEWS:
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 – None at the moment.
Suspended – None.
Injured – None at the moment.
Questionable – Marcus Smart made a comeback from injury in the last game and should be fine for Game-5 as well.
Suspended – None.
BOS vs MIL Dream11 Teams (Starting Lineup; Probables):
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BOS vs MIL Dream11 Fantasy Team:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
The series moves to Wisconsin for the pivotal Game-5. Boston Celtics are not playing as they can and you have to give Milwaukee a favourite tag to wrap up 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.