Two teams have already advanced past the opening round of the NBA playoffs with the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks sweeping the Detroit Pistons and the Boston Celtics sweeping the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks were only fit for the final two games of the series due to a knee injury. On the other hand, Victor Oladipo in the year and the Celtics were in the year to come.
Here's everything you need to know about the second round series between the Bucks and Celtics.
No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 5 Boston Celtics
How to watch Game 1
- Date: Sunday, April 28
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV channel: ABC
- Live stats: Game Tracker
- Online streaming: WatchESPN
- Odds: TBD
Playoff series schedule
* All times Eastern
- Game 1: Celtics at Bucks, 1 p.m. – TV: ABC
- Game 2: Celtics at Bucks – TV: TBD
- Game 3: Bucks at Celtics – TV: TBD
- Game 4: Bucks at Celtics – TV: TBD
- Game 5: * Celtics at Bucks – TV: TBD
- Game 6: * Bucks at Celtics – TV: TBD
- Game 7 *: Celtics at Bucks – TV: TBD
* If necessary
All games will air on ESPN, ABC, TNT and NBA TV during the postseason. Games on TNT and NBA TV can be streamed via fuboTV (try it for free).
Odds and analysis
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Bucks: Head Coach Mike Budenholzer has been the best record ever in the NBA. It also did not hurt that Giannis Antetokounmpo had another MVP-caliber season and did not even have to do a whole lot during their first-round series. The Bucks will certainly get a much stiffer challenge this time around when facing the Celtics.
Celtics: Meanwhile, the Celtics were expected to be one of the top teams in the NBA this season. However, Boston struggled to find consistency throughout the year, but really excelled in their opening round series. Kyrie Irving was sensational despite the team did not have Marcus Smart. It's interesting to see if the team continues to thrive on both ends of the floor.
Matchups to watch
1. Slowing down Antetokounmpo: This is definitely easier said than done. Antetokounmpo has proved to be a mismatch for the majority of the league, so it's no wonder that he's one of the frontrunners for the MVP Award. Brad Stevens doles out, but veteran forward Marcus Morris could be tasked with guarding Antetokounmpo quite often considering his physical nature.
2. Benches: Depth is something that both teams have certainly possessed throughout the season. On the Boston side, Gordon Hayward signed with the team two years ago to become one of the top offensive options, but came off the bench for the majority of the 2018-19 season. Hayward averaged 12.3 points and finished in double figures in three games against the paces, including a 20-point performance in the Series-clinching victory. Milwaukee is also just as deep with stellar veteran forwards like Nikola Mirotic and Ersan Ilyasova coming off the bench and offering strong perimeter shooting.
3. Three-point shooting: In the postseason, the Celtics are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc, which is good for fourth among playoff teams. The Bucks are right behind the Celtics in fifth place with a 37.0 percent shooting clip from three. These are the top two shooting teams among the Eastern Conference postseason squads, so three-point shooting could not be the difference in this series. That's one of the reasons that Milwaukee went out and traded for Miracle at the deadline and he could be a huge x-factor in this series.
Original series prediction, pick
Bucks in six: The Bucks absolutely cruised past the Pistons and did not face a tone of resistance throughout that series. It's safe to say that it'll be a little more competitive when they take on the Celtics. After all, the Celtics were picked by many to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference prior to the season.
This definitely could be a series that goes six or seven games because of the amount of depth on both sides. Malcolm Brogdon is back at some point in the series.