Is now the time to buy low on the Boston Celtics?
The Celtics just suffered one of their worst defeats of the season, a 116-103 home loss to the Detroit Pistons, on Wednesday night.
On Thursday night, they take on the best team in the NBA, a 36-6 Milwaukee Bucks team that's 9-1 in its last 10 games.
There's a silver lining for Boston, though: Forward Jayson Tatum is expected to play after missing Wednesday's game due to tendinitis.
Milwaukee is still the heavy favorite with Jaylen Brown's status (thumb) in jeopardy, but can the Celtics rally to keep things close in Milwaukee?
Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Bucks, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.
(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)
Boston Celtics at Milwaukee Bucks, 8 p.m. ET
Moneyline: The Bucks are out for revenge after Boston beat them in the fourth game of the season. They've also lost just two games at home this season. Even if the Celtics keep it close, the Bucks (-500) will pull this one out.
Point Spread: Call me crazy, but I think the Celtics show up in Milwaukee after Wednesday's wake up call. They've never been heavier underdogs this season, and with Tatum back in the lineup, I like the Celtics (+9.5) to stay within striking distance.
Point Total: The 225.5 point total is too high for my liking considering the Celtics and Bucks both boast top-10 defenses. I like the UNDER, which has hit in four of Boston's last six road games.
Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 55-31-1 (63.2% success rate)
NBA Locks of the Night
Phoenix Suns (-3) at New York Knicks: The Knicks are 6-13 at home and should provide little resistance to Devin Booker, who dropped 39 points on Tuesday night.
Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers (-11.5): Why are the Magic double-digit underdogs after beating the Lakers on Wednesday night? Well, what you do if you were in L.A. and just beat one of the NBA's best teams?
Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 29-28-1 (50% success rate)
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Bucks, which begins Thursday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live. You can also stream on the MyTeams App.