The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks will conclude their season series Friday night when they open their seeding game schedule from the NBA's Orlando bubble.
It will be the first game between these teams this season where Boston has its full lineup. Starting shooting guard Jaylen Brown didn't play in the first two meetings, and his presence Friday night should be a huge boost to the C's. Brown is having by far the best season of his career, including a 20 points per game scoring average. It should be noted that while Kemba Walker is available for the Celtics, he will be on a minutes restriction due to his knee. The C's are being very cautious with Walker to ensure he's in the best shape possible for the playoffs.
In case you forgot what happened in the two previous Celtics vs. Bucks games this season, here's a quick recap of each one.
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at TD Garden: Celtics 116, Bucks 105
The Bucks were in command of this game until the third quarter when the Celtics outscored them 38-18 to enter the fourth quarter with a 80-76 lead. Jayson Tatum was a huge part of that third-quarter run, and his two 3-point shots late in the quarter really swung the momentum in Boston's favor. His second of those 3-pointers even brought C's legend Paul Pierce out of his seat.
and there's the LEAD pic.twitter.com/IhDiaac1KB— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) October 31, 2019
An 11-4 run to begin the fourth quarter helped Boston stave off a Milwaukee comeback attempt. The C's outscored the Bucks 74-47 in the second half. Kemba Walker led the Celtics with 32 points, 21 of which came in the second half. The Celtics didn't get much from scoring from their bench, but it didn't matter because the starters poured in 108 points (all five scored in double figures).
Boston did a nice job limiting Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, who scored just 22 points. Khris Middleton, who has played very well against the C's in his Bucks career, led Milwaukee with 26 points. The Bucks shot just 14-for-45 (31.1 percent) from 3-point range.
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 at Fiserv Forum: Bucks 128, Celtics 123
The Celtics nearly pulled off an awesome comeback but couldn't quite finish the job despite dominating the fourth quarter by outscoring the Bucks 36-22. Boston dug itself too large of a hole with an 18-point halftime deficit. Walker continued his strong play versus the Bucks with a game-high 40 points. He also led the Celtics with 11 rebounds. Marcus Smart scored 19 points in a starting role, while Tatum added 17 points on a disappointing shooting night (8-for-20).
Tatum with the dirty hesi 🤭 pic.twitter.com/ujyNdYFF5T— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 17, 2020
Antetokounmpo paced the Bucks with 32 points and 17 rebounds. Middleton scored 23 points and second-year guard Donte Divincenzo added valuable offense from the bench with 19 points, including a 4-for-6 mark on 3-point field goals.
PPG: Celtics 119.5, Bucks 116.5
FG%: Celtics .442, Bucks .405
3PT%: Celtics .356, Bucks .395
FT%: Celtics .813, Bucks .672
REB/G: Celtics 44, Bucks 47.5
AST/G: Celtics 20.5, Bucks 21
TO/G: Celtics 9, Bucks 12.5
Celtics vs. Bucks: Here's what happened in two previous games of 2019-20 season originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston