Game 5 Preview: Celtics at Bucks

Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 5/8/19 NBA Predictions & Odds

After a promising Game 1 win in Milwaukee, Boston struggled to replicate their intensity on both sides of the ball over the next four games, with Irving quick to give the Bucks credit for adapting and taking control of the series from that point.

The Bucks completed their conference semi-final series against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, with a 25-point victory before a sellout crowd at the Fiserv Forum.

Aron Baynes and his Boston Celtics have been knocked out of the NBA Playoffs by Giannis Antetokounmpo's top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. But he was benched after 15 games in which he averaged 10.1 points on 39.9% shooting from the field.

Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum finished with 14 points apiece, and Jaylen Brown had 12 for the Celtics, who shot just 31.2 percent from the field.

An early flameout underscored the Celtics failing to jell as a title contender all season after taking the Cavaliers to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals a year ago.

Milwaukee, who had not won a play-off series against the Celtics since 1983, dominated games by nullifying the threat of Kyrie Irving. He shot just 6/21 from the floor, finishing with 15 points, one rebound and one assist.

As for his future, Irving said, "I'm going to be honest with you: I'm just trying to get back to Boston first". But we're predicting the superstar has a down game offensively, which means others will need to step up. Irving was Boston's high scorer.




Kyrie Irving was vague on his future as the soon-to-be free agent sidestepped questions following the Boston Celtics' exit from the National Basketball Association playoffs.

Kyrie Irving was at the heart of the Boston Celtics' rollercoaster season, so it only was fitting that he was right at the core of Boston's season-ending loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said, "We talk about defense every day".

Irving shot 7-of-22 in Game 4 and said of that "I should have shot 30".

When did Kyrie Irving, who we must now admit has the makeup to be the ideal New York Knick, decide this wasn't the scene for him and this season's cause wasn't worth the fight?

Irving can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

I felt as though we owed Boston to be better. The Bruins open the Eastern Conference final on Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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