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Game 46/66: Celtics (24-21) @ Bucks (21-24) Open Thread

Boston @ Milwaukee
Philips Arena
8:00 PM
CSNNE/NBATV

Offensive Efficiency
Boston: 
98.2 points/100 possessions (25th)
Milwaukee: 
102.2 points/100 possessions (11th)

Defensive Efficiency
Boston: 
96.9 points allowed/100 possessions (3rd)
Milwaukee:
103.0 points allowed/100 possessions (19th)

Probable Milwaukee starters: Brandon Jennings (PG), Monta Ellis (SG), Carlos Delfino (SF), Ersan Ilyasova (PF), Drew Gooden (C)

View from opposing bench: Bucksketball

PREDICTIONS
From this afternoon’s panel discussion, here’s how CelticsHub sees tonight’s game playing out.

Brian Robb: I see a tough loss against a Bucks team looking very strong on the offensive end. New additions Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh have appeared to fit in well so far, giving additional firepower and depth to a squad that is knocking on the door of the eighth seed in the East. Look for the Bucks to attack the offensive glass and feast on Boston’s  inferior second unit on their way to a 95-90 win.

Chris Forsberg: Don’t want to overhype this one, but Thursday’s game is kinda huge. Sure, the Celtics are just a game back of Philly (the team it plays Friday) for the top spot in the Atlantic Division (the winner of which will vault to the No. 4 seed in the East). But the Bucks (six straight wins) and Knicks (five straight wins) are surging and Boston’s schedule looks incredibly daunting the rest of the way. You assume both Milwaukee and New York will level off at some point, every head-to-head win is important at this point. With two days off, Boston should have the energy to win this game, but it’s gotta lean on its defense.

Hayes Davenport: The Bucks haven’t scored less than 105 points in 7 games. The Celtics haven’t scored more than 105 points in 9 games. I think the Celtics could keep it close if Ellis and Brandon Jennings develop “big game” egos and try to compete for who can shoot the most. But I think it’s more likely Drew Gooden pulls in a bunch of rebounds and Ersan Ilyasova abuses Bass. Bucks 99, Celtics 94.

Michael Pina: On March 7th, the Bucks lost to the Chicago Bulls on a game-winning buzzer beater by Derrick Rose. They haven’t lost since. The Celtics are well rested, fresh off a thankful escape from Atlanta. Both teams are on the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings looking up, and neither wants to duel with Chicago or Miami in the first round, so as far as levels of intensity go, this game could feel, well, intense.

What I’m most looking forward to in this one is whether Doc Rivers goes to a Rondo/Bradley tandem if Ray Allen has a difficult time defending Ellis. The Jennings/Ellis combination is a difficult one to deal with if you don’t have the personnel, but at least in certain stretches, the Celtics certainly do.

  • TeamLacy

    Yea this will be a close one or a blowout. If its close…boston will win, if its a blowout, well the bucks will be moving up on the standings list.

  • I_Love_Green

    Hopefully Rondo brings his A game and embarrasses Brandon Jennings.

  • ripsonics

    MICHAEL PINA! Nailed it on the head man – welcome to the team.

    GET A MO FO WIN tonight green machine.

    GO C's

  • skeeds

    OH YOU'VE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME!!!!!! Bass goes down and stays down! He better not be seriously injured!

    What is this team, the Clippers? Is there a curse on them or something?

  • Ray Ray for 3

    Bass is ok now. Whew!

  • JCP

    What a big difference when the Celtics actually run some stuff with under 4 minutes left instead of just holding the ball until 5 seconds left on the shot clock…

  • someguyinsac

    Nice win, hope there's gas left in the tank for tomorrows game.

    • Lantrell Walker

      I think that after the embarrassment they suffered last time they visited the Sixers, they'll be more fueled & ready to play Philly. Hollins will play his first game as a Celtic and I'll be real eager & interested to see how he does in a veteran atmosphere with a playmaker like Rondo.

  • Anthony

    Boston win again when Headband-O is playing.

    Hey Celticshub!! There's a Dooling sighting!

    Stiemsmma played pretty well and contested a bunch of shots.

    Don't want to say anything else and risk any kind of jinx.

  • Anthony

    Tommy Heinsohn must be going crazy with Stiemsma's stat line…. 6 pt, 4 reb, 3 ast, 5 blocks, 4 steals, 0 turnovers.

  • I_Love_Green

    Good win! Two solid wins in a row, and I'd love for us to make that three tomorrow. Pierce played really well tonight, hopefully he keeps that up for tomorrow, and Ray Ray finds his shot.

    Philly gets the best of the schedule for the second straight time, playing at home and having us be on the second night of a back to back.

  • Shaush10

    Why is there a picture of Vin Baker? LOL

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