NBA Christmas Day Odds, Spread, and Predictions: Bucks vs Celtics

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It’s the kind of clash that the Christmas Day schedule was made for.

The Milwaukee Bucks (22-10, 8-7 away) face the Boston Celtics, who have the two greatest records in the NBA and are the top two favorites in the 2023 NBA Championship odds (23-10, 12-5 home).

It’s the first time these two teams have met since Boston eliminated the Bucks in last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, with the C’s subsequently reaching the NBA Finals.

This one kicks off on Sunday (December 25) at 5 p.m. ET at TD Garden. The game may be seen live on ABC or OKBET Basketball Betting.

Bucks vs Celtics Odds

TeamSpreadMoneylineTotal
Milwaukee Bucks+4.5 (-110)+155Ov 225.5 (-110)
Boston Celtics-4.5 (-110)-180Un 225.5 (-110)

The visiting Bucks are 4.5-point away underdogs in a game with a total of 225.5 points.

With 12 home victories, Boston is tied for third in the East, while Milwaukee is 8-7 on the road. They are one of just three top-ten seeds in the East with a winning road record.

Milwaukee Betting Outlook

Friday night, the Bucks were defeated 118-100 by the red-hot Brooklyn Nets, condemning them to their second consecutive loss of the season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team in scoring with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists, but he was kept scoreless in the fourth quarter and made seven turnovers in the defeat.

The only other Buck to score 20+ points was Brook Lopez, who finished with 23 points and five rebounds. Holiday had 18 points and five assists.

The Bucks were terrible from long range, converting just 9-of-37 (24.3%) three-point attempts. Throughout the year, they rank 17th with a 35% success rate. Additionally, they rank seventeenth in scoring with 112.5 points per game.

Their defense has been strong throughout the whole season, allowing just 109.2 points per game to be tied for fourth with Miami. The Bucks allow opponents to shoot 45.1%, which is the second-best number in the NBA.

Boston Betting Outlook

After suffering through their worst stretch of the season, losing three in a row and five in a row, the Boston Celtics returned to winning form with a 121-109 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.

Jaylen Brown scored the game’s most points (36) and added seven rebounds and three assists. Jayson Tatum, tied with Giannis atop the odds for NBA MVP in 2023, contributed 30 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. The victory returned Boston to the top place in the East.

In this game, Boston struggled from three-point range, going 13-for-46 (28.6%). This team typically shoots at a 37.6% clip, which ranks sixth in the NBA.

The Celtics are tied with the Kings for the top scoring club in the league, averaging 118.1 points per game.

Robert Williams III, who had just returned to the lineup on December 16 after a knee injury, missed the victory over the Timberwolves due to sickness. He is doubtful on Sunday.

Bucks vs Celtics Prediction

The availability of Bucks all-star forward Khris Middleton, who is doubtful with right knee pain, is a crucial aspect of this contest.

Last season, Milwaukee won this contest as part of a three-game winning streak against the Celtics before falling in six games in the second round.

The Bucks are a difficult bet on the road, as they are 1-5-1 against the spread in their previous seven road games. In their previous seven games, though, Boston is just 1-5-1 against the spread.

In the previous 17 meetings, the Celtics are 13-3-1 against the Bucks against the spread, while the Bucks are only 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games in Boston.

These two struggling clubs should boost their play during this marquee encounter. Williams III, should he play, provides the Celtics with a another defensive element, which is crucial to their strategy to stop Giannis.

Still, this has the makings of a dramatic conclusion.

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