Bucks vs. Celtics NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, March 20 (Take the over)

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Mar 17, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to a play against the Wizards.
Mar 17, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) reacts to a play against the Wizards. / Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

A two-game losing streak earlier this month hasn’t deterred the Celtics from adding to its large lead atop the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have a commanding 10-game advantage over the Bucks heading into Wednesday’s nationally-televised tilt between the two clubs at TD Garden. 

Boston, winners of six straight, have been dominant at home and have split a pair of matchups with Milwaukee this season. The Bucks found their groove under interim head coach Doc Rivers out of the All-Star Break, having won nine of their last 12 games.

Milwaukee is trying to hold off Cleveland for the No. 2 spot in the East. Can they hang within the big number on the road Wednesday night?

Here’s the betting breakdown for Wednesday’s conference clash with a best bet. 

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Bucks vs. Celtics odds, spread and total

Bucks vs. Celtics how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, March 20 
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Venue: TD Garden
  • How to watch (TV): ESPN
  • Bucks record: 44-24
  • Celtics record: 54-14

Bucks vs. Celtics injury report

Milwaukee Bucks

  • MarJon Beauchamp (back): probable
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (hamstring): questionable

Boston Celtics

  • Jrue Holiday (shoulder): questionable
  • Sam Hauser (ankle): questionable
  • Jaylen Brown (ankle): questionable

Bucks vs. Celtics key players to watch

Milwaukee Bucks

Bobby Portis: The veteran forward was phenomenal off the bench in Milwaukee’s 140-129 win over Phoenix Sunday. Portis went 13-of-20 from the field, finishing with a 31-point, 10-rebound double-double. In eight games this month, Portis is averaging 16.8 points and 8.4 rebounds while shooting 53.8% from the field. 

Boston Celtics

Derrick White: The former first-round pick has scored 20-plus points in two of the last three games and is coming off a career night in Boston’s 119-94 win over the Detroit Pistons. White knocked down six 3-pointers and was critical on both sides of the ball, finishing with a triple-double of 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. 

Bucks vs. Celtics prediction and pick

Trusting two elite offenses in this matchup. Starting with the home squad, Boston has been a force in its home venue this season. The Celtics are No. 2 in the NBA in home scoring (123.4 points per game) and rank No. 1 in the NBA in net offensive rating. 

Down low, Boston is the No. 3 two-point shooting team in the NBA and can attack the basket effectively against a Milwaukee defense that is 21st in the league in points in the paint allowed, yielding 51.6 per game. 

On the other side, Boston has played just one team with a winning record (Phoenix) over its six-game winning streak and Milwaukee has found comfortability in Rivers’ system and can score points in droves. Milwaukee, No. 4 in offensive net ranking this season, and can have an efficient night against a Boston defense that relies on getting stops (No. 29 in steals per game and No. 30 in turnovers).

Both of the previous two matchups between these championship-level clubs soared over this total with an average of 236 points. Trust two of the NBA’s best units and go over. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.