The Milwaukee Bucks will head home as they prepare to host the Boston Celtics for the Christmas Day game at the Fiserv Forum.
The Boston Celtics will start the game after a 111-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 22. The victory saw them return to .500 on the season with a 16-16 record.
The shorthanded Milwaukee Bucks pulled off a victory Thursday over the Dallas Mavericks. Overcoming the 102-95 side, the Bucks improve to 21-13.
Fixation – Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks | 2021-22 NBA season.
Date and hour – Saturday December 25, 2021; 2:30 p.m. ET (Sunday, Dec. 26, 2021; 1:00 a.m. IST.)
Place – Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI.
Boston Celtics preview
The Boston Celtics will approach their Christmas Day game with some momentum as they take Thursday’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Seeing a number of their players return to the lineup, the Boston Celtics will look like a relatively healthy team for Christmas. The squad included core rotating players such as Robert Williams III and Dennis Schroder in the game against the Cavaliers.
While they will continue to see Al Horford under medical protocols, the availability of a big man at Williams has given the team a lot of flexibility. Also featuring the presence of their premier duo, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the overall lineup of the Boston Celtics once again makes them look like a competitive team.
However, still finding their rhythm, the Boston Celtics will face an uphill battle. Facing the defending champions at Christmas, the Celtics will look to emerge with a winning record.
Key player – Jayson Tatum
The Boston Celtics will look to Jayson Tatum to be their key performer in this game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
As one of the team’s leading men, Tatum is also one of the league’s most prolific players and scorers. Featuring an iconic side pull among an arsenal of sophisticated movement and footwork, Tatum’s fluid playstyle makes him a pleasure to watch.
Unfortunately, as good as Tatum is to watch, his consistency on the shooting front has been anything but impressive. Although he recorded 18 points in Thursday’s game, his 6-19 on the field isn’t going to cut him, especially against Jaylen Brown’s 12-22 for 34 points.
The duo performing together will be key for the Boston Celtics. However, Tatum’s effectiveness in scoring will be a big factor in determining how well the team fares against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Boston Celtics’ planned lineup
g – Marcus Intelligent | g – Jaylen Brown | F – Jayson Tatum | F – Romeo Langford | VS – Robert Williams III
Milwaukee Bucks overview
After a win over the Dallas Mavericks, the Milwaukee Bucks managed to put together a two-game winning streak in the absence of some of their major rotating players.
The Milwaukee Bucks are among the many teams in the league that have been hit by the COVID outbreak. Losing players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bobby Portis to medical protocols, the team were shorthanded for much of December.
However, with the return of Khris Middleton and the overall efforts of Jrue Holiday and other players, the Milwaukee Bucks have managed to stay competitive.
While the game against an equally shorthanded Dallas team should have been an easy win, the score line does not indicate the tight nature of the game until the end. If the Bucks are to continue to dominate at home, they’ll look to do better against the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day.
Key player – Jrue Holiday
The Milwaukee Bucks will look to Jrue Holiday to be their key player in this game against the Boston Celtics.
In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, Holiday was the biggest contributor to the Bucks’ roster. With Middleton’s return, the combined talents of the two helped the Bucks secure two wins.
Holiday’s role on both ends of the ground makes him one of the most needed cogs in the Milwaukee Bucks system. As the defensive anchor in the team’s perimeter defense, Milwaukee relies on Holiday to often stop the opposing team’s top scorers.
Offensively, Holiday’s play and shooting bolster Milwaukee’s offense. After an exceptional performance of 24 points, seven rebounds and seven assists against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks hope their point guard continues to be consistent against the Boston Celtics.
Expected lineup of Milwaukee Bucks
g – Jrue Holidays | g – Pat Connaughton | F -Kris Middleton | F – Jordan Nwora | VS – DeMarcus Cousins
Celtics and Bucks match predictions
The Boston Celtics game against the Milwaukee Bucks will see both teams miss a few players on Christmas Day.
However, with the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo for this game, the Boston Celtics will have a huge advantage against the Bucks. If Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown find their shooting rhythm, the Celtics’ offense could overwhelm Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s resilience as a unit helps the team come together in difficult situations. With the added aspect of playing at home, the Milwaukee Bucks will need to contain the Boston duo and crush the bouncing glass to stand a chance.
Where to watch the Celtics vs Bucks game?
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The Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks game will air on ABC and ESPN. The game will also be available on the NBA League Pass platform. Fans can also listen to the game while tuning to 94.5 FM.