Bucks vs. Celtics Prediction, Picks & Props for Game 5: Bet on Celtics to Take 3-2 Lead

Devon Platana

The 2021-22 NBA Playoffs schedule for Wednesday, May 11 includes Game 5 of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Semifinals series.

The Celtics managed to walk out of Game 4 with the 116-108 victory over the Bucks, tying up the series 2-2 in the process. The good news is that they’re returning to TD Garden, where they have a 16-4 record in their last 20 home games.

Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board for the Bucks after failing to take the 3-1 series lead. Momentum is on Boston’s side again, making it interesting to see how Milwaukee plans to bounce back.

Can the Bucks swing the series back in their favor? Or will the Celtics continue their momentum by taking the 3-2 series lead?

#3 Milwaukee Bucks vs. #2 Boston Celtics Game 5 Betting Odds and Matchup Information

Matchup Information

  • Game Matchup: #3 Milwaukee Bucks (51-31, #3 seed in the Eastern Conference) vs. #2 Boston Celtics (51-31 #2 seed in the Eastern Conference)
  • Venue & Location: TD Garden (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • How to Watch Bucks vs. Celtics Game 5: TNT

Bucks vs. Celtics Game 5 Betting Odds

Odds are via our top reviewed and recommended sportsbooks.

FanDuel Sportsbook

  • Spread: Milwaukee Bucks +5.5 (-112), Boston Celtics -5.5 (-108)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Milwaukee Bucks +190, Boston Celtics -230

Caesars Sportsbook

  • Spread: Milwaukee Bucks +5.5 (-110), Boston Celtics -5.5 (-110)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Milwaukee Bucks +190, Boston Celtics -230

BetRivers

  • Spread: Milwaukee Bucks +5.5 (-110), Boston Celtics -5.5 (-110)
  • Total: OVER 214.5 (-110), UNDER 214.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Milwaukee Bucks +180, Boston Celtics -220

Can Bucks Swing Momentum in Their Favor?

The Bucks left a lot on the table in Game 4 and now they must figure out how to regain control of the series tonight.

Jrue Holiday had an uncharacteristically poor defensive game on Monday and ended the night with a team-worst minus-23 rating. It certainly didn’t help that he shot 5-of-22 from the field in nearly 41 minutes of action.

Jrue Holiday is one player that must be better if the Bucks are to win Game 5.

Holiday is averaging 19.0 PPG on abysmal .330/.265/.941 shooting while averaging 21.2 field-goal attempts in his last five games. If he isn’t going to at least take better shots, the Bucks must cut down on his attempts somehow.

Bobby Portis is another player who had a poor shooting performance in Game 4, going 2-of-7 from the field as a center. He had a strong start to the postseason but has since been relegated to a bench player over the last few games.

Another strong performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo would also go a long way in helping the Bucks take the 3-2 lead. The ‘Greek Freak’ had game-highs in both points (34) and rebounds (18) last game while recording his third double-double of the series.

Antetokounmpo is now averaging 32.0 PTS/13.0 REB/8.0 AST this series and if he finds a more efficient way to score (.439 FG%), the Bucks have a good shot at putting the Celtics’ backs up against the wall.

Celtics’ Top Players Must Continue Strong Play

One of the main reasons why the Celtics were able to overcome a seven-point deficit to begin the fourth quarter in Game 4 was because their star players showed up.

Jayson Tatum, as usual, was a force to be reckoned with, ending the night with 30 points, 13 rebounds and five assists while only turning the ball over twice.

In 25 games since March 1, Tatum has scored 30-plus points on 15 different occasions. Few players are capable of that, which is why it’s necessary for him to keep the momentum rolling tonight.

Al Horford has also been one of the Celtics’ best players this series. The 35-year-old veteran caught a lot of people off guard with a 30-point performance on .786/.714/.750 shooting on Monday. It was also his first 30-point game since November 4, 2019.

Although his offense is likely unsustainable, Horford has been a great rebounder this series as well, averaging 11.3 boards per game against the Bucks.

Marcus Smart was another surprising contributor with his 18 points in Game 4, adding eight assists and a pair of blocks along the way. Jaylen Brown also had 18 points while shooting just 5-of-11 from the field.

The aforementioned four players are the top quartet that the Celtics have to offer. If they can begin Game 5 as strong as they ended Game 4, victory is a very real possibility for Boston.

Bucks vs. Celtics Game 5 Prediction and Best Bets

Prediction: Celtics 120, Bucks 112

Best Bets: Bucks -5.5 (-108 at FanDuel Sportsbook) and Over 214.5 (-110 at BetRivers)

Momentum is on the Celtics’ side after Game 4 and I firmly expect them to walk out tonight with the victory. Furthermore, Boston is 10-1 against the spread in its last 11 games against Milwaukee, which is why I’m taking the former on the spread.

I’m also going with the over here considering that the projected total has been surpassed in nine of the last 13 games between these two teams.

Best Prop Pick for Suns vs. Mavericks Game 5

As mentioned above, Al Horford has been one of the Celtics’ best rebounders this series.

Horford has hit the over on this prop in three of his last four games and has even done so in five of his last seven outings at TD Garden.

The Celtics are going to continue giving Horford plenty of playing time to succeed, which is why it’s a good call to take over 9.5 rebounds on this prop.

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