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Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) during the third quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The wait for the Celtics was indeed a short one, as the Bucks wasted absolutely no time in punching their ticket to Boston with Wednesday’s closeout Game 5 victory over the Bulls at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.

It was pure domination from the Bucks, really, as they crushed the shorthanded Bulls in what was a near wire-to-wire effort, with a Chicago lead that never got beyond a single point in what ended as a 16-point victory for Milwaukee. The 16-point finish made things seem closer than they really ever were, too, with the Bucks at one point holding a 29-point lead.

So it’s off to Boston for the defending champion Bucks for the first playoff series between these teams since their 2019 second-round showdown, and after a regular-season split between the sides at 2-2.

The full schedule will go as follows…

  • Apr 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) takes a shot against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) in the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) takes a shot against Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams (12) in the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

    Game 1: Sunday, May 1 at TD Garden (1:00 p.m., ABC)

    A Game 1 series opener is currently the only game of this series with a set time, as the Bucks and Celtics will tip off at 1 p.m. from TD Garden. The Bucks have been surprisingly ‘meh’ in round openers over their last four postseasons, with a 4-6 record in Game 1 contests since 2019. Game 1 losses haven’t done much to derail the Bucks, however, as they’ve have actually won five of the six series that have featured a Game 1 defeat.

  • Dec 13, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Rodney Hood (5) during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 13, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) drives to the basket while defended by Milwaukee Bucks forward Rodney Hood (5) during the first half at TD Garden. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

    Game 2: Tuesday, May 3 at TD Garden (TBD, TNT)

    The Celtics won’t have to day with a long wait between Games 1 and 2 like they did in their first-round series with the Nets, as they’ll get back to work for Game 2 just two days after Game 1. Excluding games in the Orlando bubble, the Celtics have actually won five straight home Game 2 contests at TD Garden dating back to 2018. Their last Game 2 loss at home: Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers.

  • MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - DECEMBER 25: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in the second half at Fiserv Forum on December 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – DECEMBER 25: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles the ball Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics in the second half at Fiserv Forum on December 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

    Game 3: Saturday, May 7 at Fiserv Forum (TBD, ABC)

    The Celtics and Bucks will move their second-round showdown to Cream City (what a gross nickname, man) and have a staggering delay between Games 2 and 3, as the NBA will want this series headlining one of the league’s weekend broadcast slots. The Bucks are 20-4 in Milwaukee-based playoff contests since the 2018 postseason.

  • Apr 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) takes a shot against Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

    Apr 7, 2022; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) takes a shot against Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) in the first quarter at Fiserv Forum. (Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

    Game 4: Monday, May 9 at Fiserv Forum (TBD, TNT)

    The series will get back on an every-other-day schedule for a Monday night Game 4 in Milwaukee.

  • BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 13:  Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics drives to the hoop the past Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 13: Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics drives to the hoop the past Khris Middleton #22 of the Milwaukee Bucks during a game at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    Game 5: Wednesday, May 11 at TD Garden (TBD, ESPN)

    The Celtics have wins in five of their last seven Game 5 showdowns. They’ve been eliminated in both of those Game 5 defeats (2019 against Milwaukee and 2021 against Brooklyn).

  • Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives towards the basket against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 25, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) drives towards the basket against Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the second quarter at Fiserv Forum. (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

    Game 6: Friday, May 13 at Fiserv Forum (TBD, ESPN)

    A potential elimination game on Friday the 13th. Some would argue that Camp Crystal Lake was one big elimination game. (I am that some. I would argue that.)

  • BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 13: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball while guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 13: Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics shoots the ball while guarded by Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on December 13, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    Game 7: Sunday, May 15 at TD Garden (TBD, TBD)

    The Celtics have not had a Game 7 at the Garden since the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals. The last Celtics-Bucks Game 7 came during that run, as the C’s outlasted Milwaukee in Game 7 of their first-round matchup.