It hasn’t been the best start to the season for the 17-time NBA Championship winners, but then again nor has it been for the Milwaukee Bucks. Boston go into three games in the space of four days on the back of two straight wins and a loss, whilst the Bucks have only won two all season.
A poor record should see the Celtics pick up points, regardless of what happens in the games prior, with the Bucks having one of the worst defences in the league. Nine straight defeats for the Beer City has left confidence at an all-time low and they don’t look like they’ll be shifting from the foot of the Eastern Conference any time soon.
And whilst nine straight defeats sounds awful for the Bucks, they have got out of the way some tough opposition. Detroit, OKC, Pacers and Trail Blazers have all left the Bucks shell-shocked but it will guarantee them an easier run-in a little later down the line.
But with Boston desperate to pick up the points as they aim to keep pressure on the 76ers in the Atlantic Division, it will be another difficult evening for the Wisconsin side.
Jordan Crawford has been playing like a man on a mission in recent weeks picking up 21 points at the Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday whilst he’s been leading the assist tables all season for the Massachusetts franchise.
But whilst Crawford is taking his game to the next level, the likes of Jeff Green are seemingly not living up to their potential. Expected to be a key player in his second season with Boston, the Forward has only averaged 15.1 points per game and has failed to show that star quality in what has been an inconsistent season for Brad Stevens men.
The Bucks will feel buoyed by this. The Celtics on an off-day are a very beatable side and with back-to-back games with them, may fancy their chances of doubling their season wins.
One of their two wins came against the Celtics in only the second game of the campaign overcoming a 22-point deficit to win 105-98. If the Bucks remember this, they could surprise the Bostonians and move one step close to Brooklyn in the standings who they entertain in just a few weeks time.