NBA Playoffs 2018: Watch Celtics vs. Bucks Game 6, series schedule, TV channel, online stream, bracket
The Celtics square off against the Bucks in the 2 vs. 7 matchup in the Eastern Conference
The Celtics have taken their lead back in this series. They enter Tuesday's Game 6 with a 3-2 lead and a chance to eliminate the Bucks in Milwaukee. However, they've yet to win a game on the road. They did get Marcus Smart back in Game 5 and he gives them an edge they were lacking. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled in Game 5 and will be looking to bounce back and keep his team alive in a crucial elimination game.
Finishing the season at 55-27, the Celtics claimed the No. 2 seed in the East despite a season filled with all sorts of injuries, including season-enders to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. As for the Bucks, they finished seventh and with a record of 44-38. It was a tumultuous season, filled with injuries and a coaching change, but they're back in the playoffs for a second straight season.
No. 2 Boston Celtics (55-27) vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)
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How to Watch Game 6
- Date: Thursday, April 26
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- Location: BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: TNT
- Live stream: TNTDrama.com or TNT App
Playoff series schedule
- Game 1 in Boston: Celtics 113, Bucks 107 (OT) |
- Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 120, Bucks 106 |
- Game 3 in Milwaukee: Bucks 116, Celtics 92 |
- Game 4 in Milwaukee: Bucks 104, Celtics 102 |
- Game 5 in Boston: Celtics 92, Bucks 87
- Game 6 in Milwaukee: Thursday, April 26, 8 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 7 in Boston: Saturday, April 28, 8 p.m. ET, TNT (if necessary)
Regular season series: Tied 2-2
Injury report: The Celtics' Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis are out for the season; Marcus Smart could be cleared by Apr. 27. Bucks center John Henson has been out of the lineup with back issues.
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.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Celtics have a 51.2 percent chance to win the conference and a 9.4 percent chance of reaching the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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