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NBA Playoffs: Game 4 Conference Semifinals Preview, Prediction, And OddsPublished May 6, 2019 by Sol FH
The Celtics vs. Bucks at 00:00 GMT, followed by the Rockets vs. Warriors at 2:30 GMT.
The Eastern and Western Conference Semifinals are in full swing, and the action has not disappointed one bit. The remaining eight teams are playing the best basketball that we have seen all year and series' that were initially predicted to be blowouts are proving to be a lot closer than initially thought.
Celtics vs. Bucks
The Bucks are up 2-1 after two massive wins over the Celtics. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the way for Milwaukee, scoring 32-points in the Game 3 - 123-116 win. Boston continues to maintain a positive attitude stating after both losses that they will "need to do better," but, that may not be the right approach to defeating the Bucks. The Celtics got off to an excellent start, winning Game 1 at Milwaukee, but, they couldn't find the juice for Games 2 and 3.
The deciding factor in the Bucks' win was its bench. The Bucks' bench bested that of the Celtics, 42-16. That is huge. The Bucks' local talent, Pat Connaughton and longtime player George Hill scored 14, and, 21-points respectively in Game 3.
Prediction: The Bucks are on a roll, and the Celtics are going back to their end-of-the-regular-season, wherein they were inconsistent. Even though they do have the home-court advantage tonight, the Bucks are too strong. Expect another big night from the Greek Freak and another Bucks' win to take a 3-1 series lead. Punters should be happy to see that bet365 Sports has the Bucks as underdogs tonight at 2.05 for the outright win, while the Celtics are at 1.80.
Rockets vs. Warriors
Well, we have ourselves a real battle here, but, the Warriors could flex their playoff muscles and run away with this one just when Houston thought they had a chance.
The Rockets won Game 3 at home, 126-121 in overtime. There were too many mistakes on the Warriors' side, including an embarrassing wide-open dunk miss by Steph Curry, with 18-seconds left in OT. Curry went 7 for 23 shooting, ending with just 17-points. Luckily for the Warriors, Kevin Durant had another huge night with 46-points. James Harden and Eric Gordon led the way for the Rockets with a combined 71-points.
Houston found a way to deter Curry from getting his range, and if they can continue to do that, they may be able o squeeze out another win tonight.
Prediction: The Rockets will try and try they will, but, the Warriors are determined on getting back into the Finals. Curry has off nights, but, he comes back with a vengeance, which will be too much for the Rockets to handle. bet365 Sports has given the Rockets an advantage tonight at 1.83 to win outright, while the Warriors are at 2.00.
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