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Boston Celtics Could Get Reinforcements for Game 4 against Milwaukee Bucks

The Boston Celtics try to even their best-of-seven playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

Monday, May 6 at 9:30 PM ET

Toyota Center

Coverage: TNT

The Bucks won Game 3 123-116 in Boston to regain home court advantage. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with 13 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and two steals in 39 minutes and the reserves were very productive, with George Hill and Pat Connaughton combined for 35 points on 14 of 23 shooting.

Kyrie Irving led the way for the Celtics with 29 points but he was just 8-for-22 from the field and 2-for-8 from 3-point range. All starters scored in double figures, including Jayson Tatum's 20 points 7 of 14 shooting (though he missed the five 3-point shots he attempted).

The second unit scored just 16 points (divided between Gordon Hayward (10) and Semi Ojeleye (6)). Terry Rozier played poorly, going scoreless in 14 minutes after missing his three field goal attempts.

Will Smart Play?

The Celtics upgraded guard Marcus Smart (he has been out since suffering a torn oblique on April 7) to questionable for this game. He was cleared for full contact and played 3-on-3 on Saturday, he fully participated in yesterday's practice and he said he'll see how his body reacts to practice.

NBA Trends:

The Milwaukee Bucks are:

9-2-2 ATS in their last 13 games playing on two days of rest

19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games

38-17-3 ATS in their last 58 games against Eastern Conference opponents

37-18-2 ATS in their last 57 games overall

The Boston Celtics are:

3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 home games

1-5 ATS in their last six home games against a team with a winning road record

0-6 ATS in their last six Monday games

0-4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days of rest

If Marcus Smart comes back, the Celtics would get a big boost as he would provide more depth for a team that needs a more complete performance to get back in this series.

Gordon Hayward led the second unit with 10 points but he was just 2-for-8 from the field in 33 minutes and he's clearly not himself since suffering a horrific ankle injury in the first game of the 2017-18 season. Hayward's inefficiency offensively has contributed to the struggles of the reserves and I'm with the Bucks in a close contest.

NBA Pick: Bucks +100 at Jazz Sports

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