The Milwaukee Bucks took Game 1 without too much trouble, and the Boston Celtics responded with a comfortable win of their own in Game 2. Now, this intriguing second-round postseason series will shift back to Milwaukee for a pivotal Game 3 Saturday afternoon.
Khris Middleton, who suffered an MCL sprain in the first round, remains out for the Bucks. Marcus Smart, who missed Game 2 with a quad contusion, will return for Game 3. He's in Boston's starting lineup and will not have a minutes restriction.
Here's everything else you need to know about Game 3:
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(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks
- When: Saturday, May 7 | 3:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: ABC | Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: BOS +105; MIL -125; O/U 213 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Celtics: After one of their worst performances in months in Game 1, the Celtics vowed to bounce back. They did just that, securing a wire-to-wire victory to even the series at 1-1. Jaylen Brown led the way with 30 points, six rebounds and six assists in an impressive all-around performance. Brown just may be the x-factor in this series, and the Celtics will need him to continue playing well. They'll also need to keep shooting the ball like they did in Game 2, when they went 20-of-43 from downtown.
Bucks: The Bucks were always going to have to win a game in Boston to take this series, and they did just that in Game 1. Still, the manner of the defeat in Game 2 will leave them feeling a bit disappointed about their travels. Now, it will be their turn to show a response. The big question is whether they can find enough scoring with Khris Middleton out and Giannis Antetokounmpo being held in check. Through two games they've managed just 187 points against this stout Celtics defense.
This is a true 50-50 series, and many games will likely come down to 3-point shooting, which makes it even more difficult to predict. We'll play it safe and take the Bucks since they'll be coming back home. Pick: Bucks -2