Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics, 4-17-2018 - Prediction & Preview

Tyler Owen
April 16, 2018

Boston's Terry Rozier hit the expected game-winner for Boston to take a three-point lead with just over a second left.

And though Antetokounmpo went 13-for-16 from the free throw line, Horford's 13-for-14 constituted his career-high in attempts and helped the former foul out.

Boston would go on to surrender a buzzer beater to send the game to overtime, but ultimately emerged victorious, thanks in no small part to Rozier's contributions.

There was good news for the Celtics preceding the game as Smart was wearing a new splint and was shooting around before the game.

Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 35 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists before fouling out in overtime.

Victor Oladipo scored a game-high 32 points to power the Indiana Pacers over the host Cavaliers 98-80 in the opening game of their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

Five players scored in double figures against the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and John Henson is grabbing six rebounds. With a minute remaining in the game, Bucks swingman Khris Middleton missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game.

The Celtics overcame a rough shooting night as they hit just 41.5 percent from the field in the contest.

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They're looking to win their second straight on the road against a Ducks team that struggled to get anything going in the opener. Stastny and Copp scored 1:42 apart, with Byfuglien sending a backhander to the front of the net that Statsny slapped in at 7:42.

3-point goals - Mil 8-21 (Middleton 5-7, Brogdon 2-6, Terry 1-1, Parker 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1, Bledsoe 0-2, Snell 0-3), B 11-26 (Rozier 4-9, Morris 2-4, J.Brown 2-5, Horford 1-2, Tatum 1-3, Larkin 1-3).

Boston showed grit and determination as they picked up the win in the opener by being tenacious all the way through. The rest of Cleveland's starters only managed 25 points, Kevin Love with 17 rebounds but only nine points.

Antetokounmpo got free for a dunk, But Horford was steady again after being fouled, connecting on two more from the line with 15.2 seconds left.

Towards the end of the fourth quarter, Boston had a two-point lead until rookie Jayson Tatum made a rookie mistake which resulted in a turnover. That duo put up more than 60 percent of the Bucks' offense and that can't happen in the postseason if they want to have a chance in this series, even against the banged up Celtics.

"That's not getting shot up", Middleton said.

"I got to control the game, basically just filling what a point guard is supposed to do - filling Kyrie's shoes as much as I can", he said. Matthew Dellavedova didn't see action after returning in the season finale after missing time with an ankle injury.

Later in the day, after Horford had finished with his turn in the locker room media crush (he declined a request to make the trek down to the more formal interview area set up for the coaches and game's stars), Horford pondered a question.

Rozier's 3-pointer gave the Celtics a 104-103 lead with 3:43 left in overtime. You have to think that the supporting cast for the Bucks will step up a bit more than they did in the opener: look for this one to end up going over the total as well.

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