Suddenly, we have a series. The Bucks held on to win Game 4 and even the series at 2-2, but now the Celtics will look to take back the lead in Game 5 in Boston.
Finishing the season at 55-27, the Celtics claimed the No. 2 seed in the East despite a season filled with all sorts of injuries, including season-enders to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. As for the Bucks, they finished with a record of 44-38. It was a tumultuous season, filled with injuries and a coaching change, but they’re back in the playoffs for a second straight season.
No. 2 Boston Celtics (55-27) vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)
How to watch Game 5
- Date: Tuesday, April 24
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
- TV: NBATV
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Boston: Celtics 113, Bucks 107 (OT) |
- Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 120, Bucks 106 |
- Game 3 in Milwaukee: Bucks 116, Celtics 92 |
- Game 4 in Milwaukee: Bucks 104, Celtics 102 |
- Game 5 in Boston: Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV
- Game 6 in Milwaukee: Thursday, April 26, TBA
- Game 7 in Boston: Saturday, April 28, TBA, TNT (if necessary)
Regular season series: Tied 2-2
Last season’s playoff results: The Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Bucks were knocked out in the first round by the Toronto Raptors
Injury report: The Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis are out for the season; Marcus Smart could be cleared by Apr. 27. Bucks center John Henson has been out of the lineup with back issues.
Boston Celtics projected starting lineup: G Terry Rozier; G Jaylen Brown; F Jayson Tatum; F Al Horford; C Aron Baynes
Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup: G Eric Bledsoe; G Tony Snell; F Khris Middleton; F Giannis Antetokounmpo; C Tyler Zeller
Boston wins if …
They’re able to get enough offensive production. Even with the injuries, the Celtics have still been a strong defensive team, and there’s little doubt that end of the floor will be a problem. But without Hayward and Irving — as well as Smart, who is known more for his defense but is big on the offensive end too — the Celtics are going to have trouble scoring points. If their youngsters are able to handle the increased pressure of the playoffs and put points on the board, they can win this series.
Milwaukee wins if …
Giannis takes over and the Bucks’ defense stifles the Celtics. The Greek Freak will be the most talented player on the floor, and the Bucks need him to play like it. There’s no reason to expect him to play poorly, but the Bucks can’t afford any off nights from their star in this series. In addition, they’ll need their defense — which has been bad at times this season — to step up and stifle the shorthanded Celtics.