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  • NBA Palyoffs 2018 @ Full TV Schedule, live streaming, Online TeleCast

    the NBA playoffs are finally upon us. One extremely competitive first round series should be between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics. The Bucks entered the season with the hopes of potentially returning to the NBA Playoffs 2018 this season and managed to accomplish those expectations by finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference. Their opponents in this contest, the Celtics entered the season with hopes of dethroning the Cavaliers as Eastern Conference champions. The NBA Playoffs Live Celtics finished the regular season with the second best record in the conference as a result. With these teams seeded so far apart from each other, one can expect a potential blowout in game one in this series.

    If there’s one thing that can get in the way of a great postseason series, it’s an injury to a key player. The Warriors and Spurs are both without arguably their best players with Stephen Curry and Kawhi Leonard both likely to miss the entire first-round series, but they aren’t the only teams struggling with the injury bug.

    Regular season series: Tied 2–2

    Last season’s playoff results: The Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Bucks were knocked out in the first round by the Toronto Raptors

    Injury report: The Celtics’ Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis are out for the season, and Marcus Smart may be cleared by Apr. 27.

    Boston Celtics projected starting lineup: G Terry Rozier; G Jaylen Brown; F Jayson Tatum; F Al Horford; C Aron Baynes

    Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup: G Eric Bledsoe; G Tony Snell; F Khris Middleton; F Giannis Antetokounmpo; C John Henson
    Boston wins if …

    They’re able to get enough offensive production. Even with the injuries, the Celtics have still been a strong defensive team, and there’s little doubt that end of the floor will be a problem. But without Hayward and Irving — as well as Smart, who is known more for his defense but is big on the offensive end too — the Celtics are going to have trouble scoring points. If their youngsters are able to handle the increased pressure of the playoffs and put points on the board, they can win this series.
    Milwaukee wins if …

    Giannis takes over and the Bucks’ defense stifles the Celtics. The Greek Freak will be the most talented player on the floor, and the Bucks need him to play like it. There’s no reason to expect him to play poorly, but the Bucks can’t afford any off nights from their star in this series. In addition, they’ll need their defense — which has been bad at times this season — to step up and stifle the shorthanded Celtics.
    SportsLine projections

    According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Celtics have a 4.8 percent chance to win the conference, and a 1.2 percent chance to win it all. The Bucks, on the other hand, have a 1.2 percent chance to reach the Finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.

    Milwaukee’s success was due to its star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Last season, Antetokounmpo asserted himself as a potential superstar in the NBA and he has done nothing but confirm that belief this season. This season, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in points, rebounds and assists per game. Antetokounmpo averaged 26.9 points per game along with 10.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Due to his contributions to the Bucks, Antetokounmpo is a borderline candidate to win the MVP award and will need to have another huge game if the Bucks plan on winning this difficult road game.

    Boston’s success was due to its star point guard Kyrie Irving. During the offseason, the Celtics shocked the NBA world by trading its star point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. Since joining the Celtics, Irving was phenomenal and was also a borderline MVP candidate. This season, Irving averaged 24.4 points per game along with 5.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds. However, Irving will be sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury.

    In Irving’s absence, young players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have taken over most of the team’s scoring duties. In his second NBA season, Brown averaged 14.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds a game while shooting a respectable 46.5% from the field. In his rookie season, Tatum averaged 13.9 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 47.5% from the floor. If Boston wants to win this game and series without its best player, Brown and Tatum will need to play extremely well.

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