How important is Game 5 for Celtics? These stats paint a clear picture


The Boston Celtics will host the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on Wednesday night for the pivotal Game 5 of their second-round NBA playoff series.

Just how pivotal is this matchup for both teams?

Well, consider the following stat:

  • Teams that win Game 5 of a 2-2 best-of-7 playoff series go on to win the series 82.2 percent of the time (180-39). 

The Celtics are 33-13 in best-of-7 series when tied at 2-2, including 28-8 in those series when Game 5 is at home. Boston is 34-12 all-time in Game 5 when the series is tied at 2-2, including 30-6 at home.

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The Celtics have won their last five Game 5s when the series is tied 2-2.

Four of those matchups were at home (including Game 5 vs. the Bucks in the 2018 first round) and the other was in the Florida bubble. They won four of those series, with the only loss coming in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals to LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers.

Game 5 is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Boston.