The Celtics travel out to Milwaukee on Sunday April 28th to play the Bucks in game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals for a 1 o’clock start. The Bucks have the #1 seed so the Celtics have their work cut out for them as the #4 seed, and MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will be a handful for Gordon Hayward, yet alone the entire Celtic squad.
Last year the Celtics and Bucks met in the playoffs which was possibly one of the best match ups in the finals and resulted in a seven game series win for the Celtics, after Terry Rozier stepped up to the plate and took down guard Eric Bledsoe. The Bucks have added some key components to their roster like Brook Lopez, George Hill, and Nikola Mirotic, but I think if Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving played like they did in the first round against the Pacers, Boston could sneak away with a win and another advancement.
Defensive stops will play a huge factor in stopping the massive Giannis charging to the rim. Boston is taking a tough loss with the absence of their best defender, Marcus Smart but if everyone contributes on defense with maybe a couple flops here and there I like the Celtics potential.
Celtics in 7 games.