Published: Fri, May 10, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Game 4 Conference Semifinals Preview, Prediction, And Odds

Game 4 Conference Semifinals Preview, Prediction, And Odds

It's the first Eastern Conference final for Milwaukee since 2001.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Bucks: Averaging 117.6 points, 50.6 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 6.1 steals and 6.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.6 per cent from the field. The 2-2 series could take a big swing on Tuesday.

The Milwaukee Bucks proved through the first two rounds of the 2019 NBA Playoffs that they were more than deserving of the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. In the other 31 games they went 12-19.

"[Whether he plays will] be totally up to the training staff and how he feels".

Houston's PJ Tucker, who had 22 rebounds the previous two games, grabbed 10 more to go with 13 points.

After averaging 4.5 points, 5.5 rebounds in the first two games of the series, Tatum was much-improved in Game 3, recording his first post-season double-double with 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting, adding 11 rebounds.

"It's always hard to take out Giannis; let's start there. We've got to keep fighting on both ends of the floor, stay in attack mode, be aggressive". He's special, but he's very hungry.

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After getting outclassed by Milwaukee again Monday night in a 113-101 home loss, the Boston Celtics have cost backers in three straight games... Based on the moneylines from Games 3 and 4, Game 6 would be about a pick'em.

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Celtics fans roared with delight when Giannis Antetokounmpo bumped Marcus Morris, causing a referee to blow his whistle.

"I love this. I do", Kerr said. I'm trying to do it all. I mean, he shot 22 on the game.

After Boston had stolen Game 1 on the road, Milwaukee accomplished its series-flipping blowout in large part by harassing Kyrie Irving into just nine points on 4-for-18 shooting. "I just think the way we guarded, the commitment we had at the defensive end really set the tone for us".

But Smart's defense and the timing of it - since he will likely no longer be teammates with Irving anymore - perhaps sheds some light on those putting all the blame on the 27-year-old point guard. He believed his talent would be enough to will this team to the Finals, but if they lose on Wednesday, he will be a big reason they don't get there.

Golden State has won each of the three previous layoff meetings against the Rockets during the last five years: the 2015 Western Conference finals, the first round the following year, and last season's West finals by rallying from a 3-2 deficit. Players going through rough stretches sometimes have to knock one or two in early so that they trust their calibration for the rest of game.

Harden's triple with 3:07 left in the third trimmed Golden State's lead to 66-62, and then Iman Shumpert made it a one-point game with a three.

The win was the second straight for the Bucks, who briefly lost home-court advantage when they dropped a 112-90 decision to the Celtics in the series opener on April. 28.

Milwaukee has dominated games by throwing a blanket over Boston's Kyrie Irving, who shot one-for-seven from three-point range on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has provided minimal updates on Smart's recovery the past few weeks, said the decision of whether Smart would be available Monday would be determined by Smart and the training staff, and he would prepare accordingly. They blew it with two consecutive losses at home, and their 2019 National Basketball Association playoff run should come to an end Wednesday night on the road.

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