The Milwaukee Bucks (21 – 13) play host to the Boston Celtics (16 – 16) at 2:30pm EST on Saturday 25th December 2021.

Milwaukee open as 3.5 point favorites at home to Boston. So far this season the Bucks are 14-18-1 against the spread (ATS) and 6-10-0 ATS when playing at home. The Bucks have won two straight despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The visiting Celtics are 17-15-0 ATS and 9-8-0 ATS on the road. They’re 4-6 in their last 10 games and are seeking to put together two wins in a row.

Bucks vs Celtics Betting Odds

Bucks Spread-3.5
Celtics Spread+3.5
Over/Under219.5
Time2:30pm EST
TVABC
Odds via Bovada. Get the latest NBA odds here.
  • The Bucks are 6-4 in their last 10 games.
  • Milwaukee are 14-18-1 ATS and 6-10-0 ATS at home.
  • Totals have gone under in 19 of the Bucks’ 33 games
  • The Celtics are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
  • Boston are 17-15-0 ATS and 9-8-0 ATS on the road.
  • Totals have gone under in 18 of the Celtics’ 32 games

Bucks and Celtics Head to Head

  • Dec 13, 2021: Milwaukee Bucks 103 @ Boston Celtics 117
  • Nov 12, 2021: Milwaukee Bucks 113 @ Boston Celtics 122

Bucks vs. Celtics Team Statistics

Bucks vs. Celtics Team Statistics
Milwaukee Bucks team logoStatistics Boston Celtics team logo
110.3 7thPoints Per Game108.4 14th
45.1% 18thField Goal %44.6% 22nd
35.7% 10th3PT %33.8% 23rd
47.1% 2ndRebounds45.7% 10th
22.7% 22ndAssists22.6% 23rd
14.1% 16thTurnovers14% 13th
7.8% 13thSteals7.5% 16th
4.4% 25thBlocks5.3% 10th
17.4% 3rdFouls19.1% 11th

Bucks vs. Celtics Injury Report

Milwaukee Bucks Injuries

PlayerPositionInjuryStatus
Donte DiVincenzoSGCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 25
Bobby PortisCCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 25
Sandro MamukelashviliPFIllnessExpected to be out until at least Dec 25
Giannis AntetokounmpoPFCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 25
Brook LopezCBackExpected to be out until at least Mar 1

Boston Celtics Injuries

PlayerPositionInjuryStatus
Enes KanterCCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 31
Sam HauserSFCovid-19Game Time Decision
Juancho HernangomezPFCovid-19Game Time Decision
Jabari ParkerPFCovid-19Game Time Decision
Al HorfordPFCovid-19Game Time Decision
Grant WilliamsPFCovid-19Game Time Decision
Josh RichardsonSGCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Brodric ThomasSGCovid-19Expected to be out until at least Dec 27

Key players to watch

Milwaukee Bucks Key Player

Khris Middleton 18.1 ppg, 5.1 apg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 spg

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Boston Celtics Key Player

Jayson Tatum 25.7 ppg, 3.6 apg, 8.8 rpg

Bucks vs Celtics Betting Preview

The defending champs have historically played poorly on Christmas Day. I expect that trend to continue this Christmas when the Boston Celtics come to town. The Celtics defeated the Bucks 117-103 in their last meeting behind Jayson Tatum’s 42 points.

This time around the Bucks will be missing Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo who has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols. The Bucks are 4-4 without Giannis this season but they’ll have a tough time containing Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Boston should easily cover the spread in Milwaukee. The Bucks haven’t showed any consistency and are missing the high-level of defense that won them the Championship last season.

Pick: Boston Celtics +3.5

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The Milwaukee Bucks are hosting the Boston Celtics at 2:30pm EST on Saturday 25th December 2021.

The Bucks vs Celtics game is available on ABC.

Tonight’s NBA game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics is at 2:30pm EST.

Boston Celtics are the –100 betting favorites. Calculate your potential winnings from a $100 bet using our NBA odds calculator.

A game-time decision will be made. Juancho Hernangomez is dealing with Covid-19.

A game-time decision will be made. Jabari Parker is dealing with Covid-19.

A game-time decision will be made. Al Horford is dealing with Covid-19.

A game-time decision will be made. Grant Williams is dealing with Covid-19.

Donte DiVincenzo is dealing with Covid-19 and is expected to be out until at least dec 25.

Bobby Portis is dealing with Covid-19 and is expected to be out until at least dec 25.

Sandro Mamukelashvili is dealing with an injury to the Illness and is expected to be out until at least dec 25.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with Covid-19 and is expected to be out until at least dec 25.

Brook Lopez is dealing with an injury to the Back and is expected to be out until at least mar 1.

Enes Kanter is dealing with Covid-19 and is expected to be out until at least dec 31.

Brodric Thomas is dealing with Covid-19 and is expected to be out until at least dec 27.

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