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20th of April 2018


NBA Playoffs 2018: Watch Bucks vs. Celtics Game 3 series schedule, TV channel, online stream

No heroics were necessary in Game 2 between in the Celtics and the Bucks, as Boston cruised to a 14-point victory to defend home court and take a 2-0 series lead. Jaylen Brown was the best player on the floor, pouring in 30 points -- a new playoff career-high for him -- to lead the Celtics, who also got 23 points and eight assists from Terry Rozier. 

As the series moves back to Milwaukee for Game 3, the Bucks will need a passionate response, or this series could get out of hand quick. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have been tremendous, but the Bucks' role players -- paging Eric Bledsoe -- have been invisible this series. They need to show up in Game 3. 

Finishing the season at 55-27, the Celtics claimed the No. 2 seed in the East despite a season filled with all sorts of injuries, including season-enders to Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. As for the Bucks, they finished with a record of 44-38. It was a tumultuous season, filled with injuries and a coaching change, but they're back in the playoffs for a second straight season.

No. 2 Boston Celtics (55-27) vs. No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks (44-38)How to watch Game 3Date: Friday, April 20 Time: 9:30 p.m. ET Location: Bradley Center -- Milwaukee, WisconsinTV: ESPNLive stream: WatchESPN Playoff series scheduleGame 1 in Boston: Celtics 113, Bucks 107Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 120, Bucks 106Game 3 in Milwaukee: Friday, April 20, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPNGame 4 in Milwaukee: Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m. ET, ABCGame 5 in Boston: TBA (if necessary)Game 6 in Milwaukee: TBA (if necessary)Game 7 in Boston: TBA (if necessary)

Regular season series: Tied 2-2

Last season's playoff results: The Celtics were eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Bucks were knocked out in the first round by the Toronto Raptors

Injury report: The Celtics' Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Daniel Theis are out for the season; Marcus Smart could be cleared by Apr. 27. 

Boston Celtics projected starting lineup: G Terry Rozier; G Jaylen Brown; F Jayson Tatum; F Al Horford; C Aron Baynes

Milwaukee Bucks projected starting lineup: G Eric Bledsoe; G Tony Snell; F Khris Middleton; F Giannis Antetokounmpo; C John Henson

Boston wins if ...

They're able to get enough offensive production. Even with the injuries, the Celtics have still been a strong defensive team, and there's little doubt that end of the floor will be a problem. But without Hayward and Irving -- as well as Smart, who is known more for his defense but is big on the offensive end too -- the Celtics are going to have trouble scoring points. If their youngsters are able to handle the increased pressure of the playoffs and put points on the board, they can win this series. 

Milwaukee wins if ...

Giannis takes over and the Bucks' defense stifles the Celtics. The Greek Freak will be the most talented player on the floor, and the Bucks need him to play like it. There's no reason to expect him to play poorly, but the Bucks can't afford any off nights from their star in this series. In addition, they'll need their defense -- which has been bad at times this season -- to step up and stifle the shorthanded Celtics. 

SportsLine projections

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the Celtics have an 83.2 percent chance to win the conference and a 27.1 percent chance of reaching the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.

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