- The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics saw massive changes in their odds to win the series and the NBA Finals.
- For the Celtics to win the series, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown need to play up to their All-Star abilities.
BOSTON – After a dominant Game One win, the Milwaukee Bucks are now the betting favorite to win their second-round series against the Boston Celtics.
Milwaukee Bucks Vs Boston Celtics Odds To Win The Series
- Milwaukee Bucks -150
- Boston Celtics +130
Bucks See Huge Shift In Series And Finals Odds
A look at the Milwaukee Buck’s series and championship odds indicates that NBA sportsbooks did not take their dominance in Game One against the Boston Celtics lightly.
|Scenario||Odds Before Game One||Odds After Game One|
|Bucks To Win The Finals||+850||+450|
|Bucks To Win The Series||+175||-150|
|Celtics To Win The Finals||+420||+600|
|Celtics To Win The Series||-210||+130|
The Celtics were favored because of their play in round one and the Khris Middleton injury, but the Bucks defense in Game One is the most likely reason they are now favored after the first game.
Milwaukee held the Celtics to 33% shooting from the field in Game one. That is an absurdly low number that would typically indicate a team that shot and missed a lot of three-pointers during a game.
The Celtics did shoot 50 threes on Sunday (16 more than Milwaukee), but they shot a respectable 36% from beyond the arc. That means they must have been atrocious on two-pointers, which can be confirmed when looking at their shot chart dashboard.
Boston shot 29.4% (10/34) on twos in Game One, which looks even worse when considering their 58.3% shooting percentage on twos in the first round.
If Boston shoots like that again, they may be lucky to lose by only 12.
Brown And Tatum The Keys For The Celtics
In the first round against the Nets, Jayson Tatum averaged 29.5 points and Jaylen Brown averaged 22.5 points per game. In-Game One versus the Bucks, Tatum scored 21 and Brown scored 12 points.
The two All-Stars combined for 10 turnovers in Game One and had the two worst plus/minus statistics of any Celtic starters.
Versus the Bucks in the regular season, Tatum averaged 31.3 points and Brown averaged 22 points per game, with both players averaging 3.3 turnovers in those games.
The path for the Celtics to win Game Two and become the favorites in the eyes of online sportsbooks is clear, they need their All-Stars to play up to their abilities.
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