Bucks vs. Celtics NBA Preview (3/20/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 20, 2024 - Last Updated on March 21, 2024
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Celtics Vs. Bucks Preview

The Boston Celtics host the Milwaukee Bucks in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday at TD Garden. The game will air on ESPN.

Bucks vs. Celtics pregame odds for Wednesday night

The Celtics are -8.5 home favorites over the Bucks, according to the latest NBA betting odds. The total is set at 225.5 points for the third meeting of the season between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings. The season series is tied 1-1, with each side picking up a home victory. Current odds at Massachusetts sportsbooks are as follows:

  • DraftKingsCeltics -8.5, over/under 225.5
  • FanDuelCeltics -8.5, over/under 225.5
  • CaesarsCeltics -8, over/under 225.5
  • BetMGM: Celtics -8.5, over/under 225.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Bucks vs. Celtics. 

Bucks vs. Celtics projected starting lineups (3/20/24)

Bucks starting lineup tonight

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Malik Beasley (game-time decision)
SF: Khris Middleton
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (game-time decision)
C: Brook Lopez

Celtics starting lineup tonight

PG: Jrue Holiday (game-time decision)
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown (game-time decision)
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis

Projected starting lineups for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Bucks vs. Celtics injuries for tonight’s game

Giannis Antetokounmpo is questionable tonight and did miss the prior game against Phoenix with a hamstring injury. His status will need to be monitored as he could only go through a light practice on Monday.

The Celtics have been in maintenance mode of late, resting players against Washington and Detroit. Jrue Holiday and Jaylen Brown are questionable tonight. Payton Pritchard would pick up extra minutes if either player misses time.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Milwaukee Bucks team stats ahead of tonight’s game

The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference with a 44-24 record. Milwaukee is 17-17 in road games for the season to date. The club is 7-3 over its last 10 games and has won two straight, including a 114-105 home win over the Sixers. Below are the Bucks’ rankings in key team stats on the season:

  • Points per game: 120.7 (4th)
  • Points allowed per game: 117.3 (21st)
  • Rebounds per game: 43.9 (13th)
  • Assists per game: 26.6 (15th)
  • FG%: 49.1 (6th)
  • 3PT%: 37.8 (6th)

Boston Celtics team stats ahead of tonight’s game

The Celtics lead the Eastern Conference at a 54-14 record, with an impressive 31-3 mark on the home court. Boston is 8-2 over its last 10 and has won six straight, including a 119-94 win over the Pistons on Monday night. As a result, the Celtics odds have them as the favorite to win the NBA title. Here’s where Boston ranks in major categories for the season to date:

  • Points per game: 121.0 (2nd)
  • Points allowed per game: 109.3 (5th)
  • Rebounds per game: 46.9 (1st)
  • Assists per game: 26.6 (14th)
  • FG%: 48.5 (9th)
  • 3PT%: 39.0 (2nd)

Player stats for Bucks vs. Celtics on March 20

Bucks leaders heading into tonight’s game

With six Bucks players sitting out the last matchup against the Phoenix Suns this past Sunday, Damian Lillard and Bobby Portis took the lead for Milwaukee with 31 points each. Here are the top five Milwaukee performers from their last outing against the Suns:

  • Damian Lillard (PG): 31 PTS, 5 RBS, 16 ASTS
  • Bobby Portis (F): 31 PTS, 10 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Khris Middleton (SF): 22 PTS, 3 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Jae Crowder (PF): 18 PTS, 2 RBS, 0 AST
  • Malik Beasly (SG): 17 PTS, 3 RBS, 3 ASTS

Giannis Antetokounmpo is expected to return to the floor for the Bucks on Wednesday. As one of the best players in the NBA, his return is big for Milwaukee. After losing to Boston, the Bucks play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night. Here are the season leaders for the Bucks heading into tonight’s game:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF): 30.8 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 6.4 APG
  • Damian Lillard (PG): 24.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 7.0 APG
  • Khris Middleton (SF): 15.0 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.1 APG
  • Bobby Portis (F): 13.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.2 APG
  • Brook Lopez (C): 12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 APG

Boston Celtics leaders ahead of tonight’s game

In the win over the Detroit Pistons, the absence of Jayson Tatum didn’t impact the Celtics. Boston had four players score at least 20 points, led by Jaylen Brown and his 31 points. Payton Pritchard added 23 points and Derrick White recorded his first career triple-double with 22 points. Here are Boston’s leaders from Monday’s win over the visiting Pistons:

  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 31 PTS, 7 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Payton Pritchard (PG): 23 PTS, 2 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Derrick White (PG): 22 PTS, 10 RBS, 10 ASTS
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20 PTS, 8 RBS, 1 AST
  • Svi Mykhailiuk (SG): 6 PTS, 4 RBS, 2 ASTS
  • Jaden Springer (G): 6 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS

With Jaylen Brown and Jrue Holiday as game-time decisions, if both play tonight it will be the first time in a few games the Celtics will have their typical starting lineup hit the floor. Jayson Tatum is expected to be back on the floor for Boston tonight after missing Monday’s game. Here are the Celtics’ season leaders heading into tonight’s game:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 27.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SF): 23.3 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 3.7 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20.4 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.9 APG
  • Derrick White (PG): 15.2 PPG, 4.2 RBS, 5.1 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 4.9 APG

The Celtics beat Milwaukee on Wednesday night, read the analysis and recap of the game.

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