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Boston Celtics Odds
Jayson Tatum was red-hot before the NBA shutdown. He scored 30 or more points in six of his final eight games before the league was paused in March. It was Kemba Walker with the dominant effort in the previous meeting of these teams. Walker dropped 40 in Boston’s loss to the Bucks in January.
Balance is the name of the game for the Celtics: Jaylen Brown (20.4), Gordon Hayward (17.3) and Marcus Smart (13.5) are also averaging double-digit point totals for the Celtics.
Milwaukee Bucks odds
The Bucks have enough of a cushion not to be panicked in Florida by the late arrival of point guard Eric Bledsoe and reserve Pat Connaughton. The Bucks also played a stretch without Bledsoe last season and have used multiple players in his stead without the luxury of Malcolm Brogdon, who left via free agency for Indiana.
Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the favorite to be the NBA’s first back-to-back MVP since Stephen Curry in 2015-16. The 25-year-old has averaged 29.6 points, 13.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game this season.