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Celtics vs. Bucks odds: Best NBA picks as Jayson Tatum returns for tough test

Celtics vs. Bucks odds: Best NBA picks as Jayson Tatum returns for tough test

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.)

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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)

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Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

Watch Kendrick Perkins' ruthless reaction to Kyrie Irving landing NBPA VP job

In case you haven't gathered, Kendrick Perkins isn't a fan of Kyrie Irving.

The former Celtics big man has criticized Irving for how the All-Star guard handled himself in Boston and admitted on a recent NBC Sports Boston broadcast that "every time I think of that guy, I want to throw up."

Well, Perkins had to think about Irving during Monday's episode of ESPN's "The Jump," where host Rachel Nichols asked Perk for his reaction to Irving joining the NBA Players Association as its new Vice President.

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Here's how that went:

 

"What? Who?" Perkins replied with surprise. "Oh, I’m so glad I’m retired. ... I’m so glad I’m out the league. That’s all I got to say.

"Because I’m going to tell you: That’s the blind leading the blind."

Perk's vendetta against Kyrie continues.

As Nichols pointed out, Irving won a vote to replace Pau Gasol as an NBA VP (joining Jaylen Brown, which should be interesting), so he clearly has the respect of some of his peers.

But Perkins clearly isn't among them, and many Celtics fans likely are on his side.

Here's Kyrie's reaction to his nomination in his own words:

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Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

Watch the teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary

The first teaser for Kevin Garnett's upcoming Showtime documentary dropped Monday, and it looks like a must-watch for basketball fans.

In the trailer, KG tells a story about encountering NBA legends Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at a gym in Chicago in 1995 and how that was where he found out he could enter the NBA Draft straight out of high school.

"We get in there, Mike Jordan in there. Scottie Pippen was in there," Garnett says.

"I jumped in, I tied my [shoes] up, and then Jordan was like 'let's go.' I just remember Pippen saying that I was too young to be out here ... and it was Isiah Thomas like, 'I saw you play Scottie Pippen, you could play in the league right now. And when he said that, the world stopped ... He said, 'Boy, do you know you can go to the league from high school?'"

Watch below (video contains explicit language):

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Knowing how great of a storyteller Garnett is, this documentary definitely won't lack in entertainment value.

The last couple of weeks certainly have been notable for KG. On Feb. 13, the Celtics revealed they will retire his No. 5 jersey. The following day, Garnett was named as a finalist for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

Showtime's Garnett documentary is set for a Fall 2020 release.