Get to brunch early on Sunday morning because the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks tip-off at the TD Garden in game one of the NBA Playoffs at 1:00 p.m.
The Celtics finished the 2017-2018 season, 55-27, for head coach Brad Stevens’ most wins in a regular season in his fifth year as an NBA head coach.
The C’s went 27-14 at home and 28-13 on the road. And for the Bucks, they finished the year 44-38, while going 25-16 at home and 19-22 on the road.
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In four games against each other this season, the Celtics and Bucks split the season series at 2-2, while splitting the home and away at 1-1 each.
With the series about to tip-off, it’s time to do some digging into the team stats.
So lets see where the Celts and Bucks stack up with the rest of the NBA to finish the regular season:
✔️ Bucks: 15th with points-per-game at 106.5.
- Celtics: 20th in points-per-game with 104.
Note: Points per game since Kyrie Irving went out with his ailing knee on March 11 (15 games): 102.1 PPG (-1.9), without double-overtime 100.9 (-3.1).
✔ Bucks: 3rd in field goal shooting percentage at 47.8 percent.
- Celtics: 21st in field goal shooting percentage with 45 percent.
✔ Celtics: 2nd in three-point shooting percentage at 37.7 percent.
- Bucks: T-21st with a 35.5 three-point shooting percentage.
✔ Bucks: 8th in free throw shooting percentage at 78.2 percent.
- Celtics: 17th in free throw shooting percentage at 77.1 percent.
✔ Celtics: 8th in rebounds-per-game at 44.5.
- Bucks: 30th in rebounds-per-game at 39.8.
✔ Celtics: 1st in defensive rating at 101.5.
- Bucks: 17th in defensive rating at 107.1.
✔ Celtics: 3rd in points against per game at 100.4.
- Bucks: 16 in points against per game at 106.8.
✔ Celtics: 2nd lowest opponent field goal shooting percentage at 44 percent.
- Bucks: 10th highest opponent field goal shooting percentage at 46.8 percent.
✔ Celtics: Lowest opponent three-point shooting percentage at 33.9 percent.
- Bucks: 5th highest opponent three-point shooting percentage at 37.2 percent.
Both teams average right around 14 turnovers-per-game.
Minus Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown leads all Celtics scorers with 14.5 points-per-game on 46.5 percent shooting from the field.
Al Horford leads the C’s with 7.4 rebounds-per-game.
Minus Irving, there are three Celtics who shoot better than 80 percent from the line.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads all Bucks scorers with 26.9 points-per-game on 52.9 percent shooting from the field.
Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 10 rebounds-per-game.
Nine Bucks shoot better than 87 percent from the line.
More On The NBA Playoffs:
Playoff rosters must be set by Friday at 3 p.m. ET, with the first round of the NBA playoffs beginning the next day, Saturday, April 14.
The conference semifinals series are scheduled for April 30/May 1 but could be moved up to April 28/April 29.
The conference finals series are scheduled for May 15/May 16 but could be moved up to May 13/May 14.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is scheduled for May 31 with a Game 7 on June 17 if necessary.
UP NEXT: The Celtics (55-27) welcome the Milwaukee Bucks (44-38) to the TD Garden on Sunday for game one of their NBA Playoffs matchup. Catch the call of the game with Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell, live on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 12:30 p.m., with tip-off set for 1:00 p.m.
— By John ‘The Dude’ Hardiman, 985TheSportsHub.com
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