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Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Preview for 5/13/2022

Boston Celtics takes on Milwaukee Bucks on 5/13/2022 at 07:30 PM.

The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks face off in an important game for both teams. Boston Celtics has a record of 51-31 this regular season. Milwaukee Bucks is 51-31 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Boston Celtics Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 106.9 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are doing a great job forcing bad shots from opposing offenses, they are among the leaders in the NBA. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Boston Celtics Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.4, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .578 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .542, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .425 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .356 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .816 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are an above average Free Throw shooting team.

They successfully retrieved 24.0% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

Milwaukee Bucks Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 111.8, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This is not a team that excels at forcing live ball turnovers. Either the personnel or strategy is not there.

Milwaukee Bucks Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 115.1, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .580 which is considered to be slightly above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .546, which is considered to be slightly above average. They attempt .430 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .366 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .776 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 23.0% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Boston Celtics Roster

The Players to Watch for Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum 6-8 210 SF

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Marcus Smart 6-3 220 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jaylen Brown 6-6 223 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Milwaukee Bucks Roster

The Players to Watch for Milwaukee Bucks

Jrue Holiday 6-3 205 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo 6-11 242 PF

He is an MVP candidate this season and a player you must know.

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. He is a below average three point shooter. He draws fouls and takes quite a bit of Free Throws. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Khris Middleton 6-7 222 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Boston Celtics 108 Milwaukee Bucks 110

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