Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics in 2022 NBA Playoffs Second Round

The Milwaukee Bucks play the Boston Celtics in the Second Round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, with Game 1 being on Sunday at 12:00 PM (Central Time).

Here is the full series schedule:

The first round series for both teams wasn’t a barometer for either of these teams. The Chicago Bulls are bad and the Brooklyn Nets were the most overrated team that I can remember off the top of my head, and both statements proved to be correct in the first round.

Milwaukee will be without Khris Middleton, which will hurt but also will help. The ball movement on offense is usually better without Middleton on the floor with the decrease of Middleton iso’s. However, it’s going to require Grayson Allen, Pat Connaughton and Wesley Matthews to contribute offensively and have Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday do what they do.

I do think this series is still winnable for the Milwaukee Bucks without Khris Middleton. Why? Because they have the best all around player in the world in Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Milwaukee is going to need to take care of the ball and not have sloppy turnovers like they had even in the Game 5 blowout win over Chicago, because Boston’s defense is very good and Robert Williams makes their defense even better when he returns.

I imagine Boston will have Robert Williams defend Giannis, which I think will be a fun matchup to watch.

The Locked On Celtics podcast guy suggested that Boston puts Jayson Tatum to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo. Yes please! The Greek Freak will eat if that’s the matchup, plus we haven’t seen Giannis call someone an effing baby in a while.

Mike Budenholzer, who never makes any in-game adjustments and makes adjustments between games, is going to need to start making adjustments in Game 2 rather than his typical “let’s wait until Game 3” to make adjustments, and he’ll need to make at least some in-game adjustments.

I think Milwaukee should leave their “big” lineup on the floor and make Boston adjust to them.

The ultimate deal breaker for Milwaukee in this series is this: Giannis is going to get his. Jrue is more times than not going to get his. Bobby Portis will definitely help. The Bucks need one of Pat/Grayson/Wes to get theirs on a game-to-game basis.

I think it’s imperative that Milwaukee gets at least one win in Boston in the first two games. If they fall down 0-2 before coming back home, I think the Bucks are in big big trouble. Yes, I know Milwaukee came back from an 0-2 deficit last year, but each situation is different.

After listening to a bunch of podcasts and seeing the national media, I think the Bucks are the “nobody believes in us” team.

My Prediction:

I think this series is essentially the Eastern Conference Finals. It’s going to be a fun, especially for neutral observers, and long series.

However, this is where Mike Budenholzer screwed this Milwaukee team by tanking a few games down the stretch of the regular season to get the 3-seed instead of playing to win and matchup with the overrated Brooklyn Nets in Round One. The one team that plays significantly better at home (TD Garden) than they do on the road (Milwaukee) is the Boston Celtics.

Boston in 7.

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