Bucks vs. Celtics odds, predictions for the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series
The Milwaukee Bucks polished off the Chicago Bulls in five games in the first round of the 2022 NBA playoffs.
Now they face the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Do the Bucks stop here?
Here's what oddsmakers and writers have to say.
Tipico favors the Celtics to oust the defending champion Bucks. Boston is at -200 to move on while Milwaukee is at +150.
The sportsbook lists the Celtics winning the series in seven games at +320 and the Celtics taking the series in six games at +400.
The Bucks in six? That's at +500 and Milwaukee winning the series in five games is at +650.
The Bucks are +900 to win the series in seven games and +1500 to sweep Boston.
It has the Celtics as -200 favorites to win the series, while the Bucks are +168 underdogs.
It favors the Celtics at -185. The Bucks are listed at +155.
OK, what are the odds of the Bucks in six? That's +450.
NBA.com likes the Celtics to win in seven games. NBA.com senior writer Michael C. Wright wrote: "Fully healthy, these teams are evenly matched, having split the regular season series 2-2. The defending champion Bucks showed a little vulnerability in the first round, losing to the Bulls at home in Game 2. This series should go down to the wire, but Khris Middleton’s injury will be too much for Milwaukee to overcome."
The site gives the Bucks a 25% chance to make the Eastern Conference finals.
Draft Kings thinks the series will go the distance and Boston will emerge as the winner.
Draft Kings Nation Sports Editor Chinmay Vaidya wrote: "Picking against Giannis Antetokounmpo is risky, especially if the Bucks supporting cast is playing this well. Milwaukee is also solid defensively, which means there won’t be any blown leads like there were in the Nets series. The Celtics will ultimately prevail with homecourt advantage but this will be a tough series."
Over here, four of the site's six experts pick the Celtics to win the series.
Two think it will last just five games. One has it going six and another has it going seven.
The other two pick the Bucks to win the series in seven games.