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Bucks face Celtics in clash of Eastern Conference foes

Milwaukee and Boston will start the trek toward the playoffs in the NBA bubble. We preview the game with odds, betting splits and lineup news.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks handles the ball during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans during a scrimmage on July 27, 2020 at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics, kick off their seeding-round schedule on Friday night in the NBA bubble. The Bucks have a comfortable lead for the No. 1 seed in the East. The Celtics are trying to gain ground on the Toronto Raptors for the No. 2 seed, which is huge. We go over all the betting information and lineup news you need to know before tip-off.

TV Info

The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Florida. The game will be broadcast on ESPN and is streamable on NBA League Pass.

Betting lines and odds

Spread: Bucks (-5)
Over/Under: 217.5
Moneyline: Celtics (+160), Bucks (-195)

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Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
Teams Point Spread % Handle % Bets Total Points % Handle % Bets Moneyline % Handle % Bets
BOS Celtics +5 59% 54% Over 218.5 0.8601 69% +160 14% 17%
MIL Bucks -5 41% 46% Under 218.5 0.1398 31% -195 86% 83%

Note: Betting splits updated as of July 29

Lineup Notes

Celtics — PG Kemba Walker is expected to be on a minutes limit to start the seeding round. This will likely mean more ball-handling duties for Marcus Smart, Brad Wanamaker and potentially Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward.

BucksEric Bledsoe didn’t participate in scrimmages after testing positive for Covid-19. The Bucks are also without Pat Connaughton, who is also in quarantine. Bledsoe is expected to be ready, so Milwaukee should have almost a full rotation for the opener.

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