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Pick against the spread, over/under for Bucks vs. Celtics Friday

We go over some of the best betting options for Friday’s matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.

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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sits on the bench during a timeout in the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
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Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo has been ruled out of the contest, leaving the Bucks severely shorthanded against the Celtics. The line will likely trend towards Boston with this news, and the Celtics should be the pick against the spread. The under is more likely in play now with The Greek Freak sidelined.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics will face off Friday evening with the defending champions looking to grab their third win in a row. The host Celtics will hope to make it back-to-back wins after defeating the Raptors Wednesday.

The Bucks were 1-point favorites against the spread according to DraftKings Sportsbook. Milwaukee was -115 on the moneyline, while Boston was -105. The total was set at 211.5. After Antetokounmpo got ruled, the Celtics are now 5-point favorites. The total is now 210. Boston is -200 on the moneyline, while Milwaukee is +170.

Bucks vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET

Pick ATS: Celtics -5, was Bucks -1 (-110) prior to Antetokounmpo being ruled out

With one of the league’s best players out, the line has clearly shifted to the Celtics. The home team is dealing with some chemistry issues, but that’s nothing compared the lack of stars on the court for Milwaukee. Take Boston against the spread.

Over/Under: Now Under 210, was Under 211.5 (-110)

Jayson Tatum is now the best player on the floor, and he should do enough to see the Celtics to a convincing victory. It’s hard to see how the Bucks put up a lot of points without Antetokounmpo on the floor. The under is the play here.

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