MIL vs BOS Dream11: One team has already cleared the task of moving to the NBA Conference Finals as Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat to their second appearance in three seasons in the Eastern Finals. But one spot is still up for grabs in what has been the most intense series so far. And that is between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics in a series where the Bucks are up three-two.
The Bucks once again closed out the deal late in the game versus the Celtics as they eked out a 110:107 away from home, making it two wins on the Celtics’ home floor in three games. Giannis Antetokounmpo clicked for 42 points in the last game and it was the late game defense of Jrue Holiday that dealt the decisive. The Celtics have choked twice which is why now they are in the knockout scenario, it is must-win game, will they be able to do it?
Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Boston Celtics
Match Timing: 14 May, @ 05:00 AM (+05:30 UTC)
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Celtics need this game, the Bucks’ title defense is in full flow
The Bucks have channelized their last season’s late-game heroics as they have closed out two tight games. In the last match, Giannis and Holiday made two key threes to tie the game, then Bobby Portis had a putback but it was a brilliant steal by Jrue Holiday as Marcus Smart coughed the ball and denied the Celtics a chance for a game-tying three.
The Bucks have done a great job of finding other options in absence of Khris Middleton. Of course, Giannis’ 30+ points nights have been the heart of their run, and Jrue Holiday despite his shooting troubles has made key shots, it has also been the contribution of Pat Connaughton who has made crucial jumpers to keep the offense afloat when coach Budenholzer reaches to the bench play.
The Celtics have seen much more balanced scoring as Jayson Tatum has been clicking on alongside Jaylen Brown, both being close to 25+ points more often than not. Marcus Smart has found his groove while Al Horford has been alert. Derrick White has played much better lately but the team has missed Robert Williams III because of which Giannis has had easier scoring opportunities. Will he play here? They need him here badly.
Peak Performances Prediction
Highest scorer: Jayson Tatum: 34
Top Rebounder: Giannis Antetokounmpo: 15
Top assists deliverer: Marcus Smart: 8
Scoreline: Celtics 105 Bucks 100
Boston Celtics Team News:
Celtics Expected Starting Five
Two-way High-Scoring Wing: SF: Jayson Tatum
All-around Big: PF: Al Horford
Inside Presence: C: Robert Williams
Two-way High-scoring Guard: SG: Jaylen Brown
Defensive specialist and Playmaker: PG: Marcus Smart
BENCH: Grant Williams, Daniel Theis, Derrick White, Payton Pritchard, Aaron Nesmith, Sam Hauser, Bruno Fernando.
Milwaukee Bucks Team News:
Bucks Expected Starting Five
All-Around Superstar Athletic Forward: PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Rebounding Specialist: PF: Bobby Portis
Two-way Big: C: Brook Lopez
Defensive specialist: SG: Wesley Matthews
Floor General: PG: Jrue Holiday
Bench: Serge Ibaka, Grayson Allen, Jordan Nwora, Lindell Wigginton, Pat Connaughton, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Sandro Mamukelashvili.
Tatum made just 2 of his eleven threes in the last game but he did better overall, shooting 12 of 29. Overall, he will need to have a special game here and I expect him to be in 27-35 points, 5-8 rebounds, and 4-6 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 33-50
Antetokounmpo made 16 of his 27 shots in the last game and he has been perhaps the most intimidating player if we include the last Playoffs too. I expect him to be in 28+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 4+ assists range. He is usually a candidate for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 51-65
Jaylen made 3 of his 7 shots from deep in the last game and he is more than a scorer, doing a great rebounding, playmaking, and defensive job. I believe he will be in 23+ points, 5+ rebounds, and 3+ assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 42-59
One-Guard Jrue made just 9 of his 24 shots but he has done a great job as a defender and also as a playmaker while making some key plays in Game 5. I believe he will be in 20+ points, 5+ assists, and 4+ rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-55
Horford made four of his seven shots in the last game and he has been an incredible rebounding, defensive, playmaking, and screening presence. I believe he will be in 10+ points, 10+ rebounds, and 1+ steals range here.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 23-44
Portis made just 4/14 in the last game but had a key offensive rebound and putback to help the Bucks go ahead late. He has been an incredible rebounder and can be in 9+ points and 8+ rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 15-29
PG: J Holiday, D White
SG: M Smart, P Connaughton
SF: J Brown(PP), W Matthews
PF: G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: D Theis
PG: D White
SG: P Connaughton, G Allen
SF: W Matthews, G Williams
PF: J Tatum(PP), G Antetokounmpo(SP)
C: A Horford
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