Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks (3-2)
The Boston Celtics are up 3-2 after taking game 5 at home 92-87. They got a strong performance from Al Horford, who scored 22 points on 7/15 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds. But even more important for the Celtics might have been the return of Marcus Smart. He scored 9 points and added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The backup guard has long been the emotional leader for his team and it looked to have helped the team overcome the 17 turnovers that the team had. Smart himself had 5 turnovers but his defense and hustle was big and should remain a key for this team going forward.
For the Milwaukee Bucks, Khris Middleton has been great and has been able to torch the Celtics whenever they switch a smaller guard onto him. And while Middleton, Jabari Parker, and Shabazz Muhammad all scored the ball pretty easily, Eric Bledsoe only went 5/15, and Giannis Antetokounmpo only took 10 shots. To top that off, the Bucks only got to the line 20 times while the Celtics got to the line 32 times. That being said, the home team has won every game and the same should happen tonight. The Bucks will be playing with their backs against the wall. Expect Antetokounmpo to have an aggressive and explosive game.
Bucks win 95-89