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Celtics Look to Take Huge Lead over Bucks

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Celtics Look for 3-0 Lead

The Boston Celtics will be trying to take a commanding lead in their playoff series on Friday. They take on the Milwaukee Bucks at Bradley Center and with a win will go up 3-0. This is not the series the Bucks thought it would be.

Oddsmakers opened the Bucks as -6-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the game’s total opened at 202.5. The line is now Milwaukee -5 and the total has risen to 206.

TV: 9:30 p.m. EST, ESPN, NBCS Boston, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee).

The Bucks thought it may be good to play the Celtics with Kyrie Irving injured. They were wrong. The Bucks return home in a 2-0 deficit. That is in large part because of the performance of Irving’s replacement, Terry Rozier.

Rozier, who is a third-year point guard, has torched Milwaukee’s defense. He has scored 23 points in each of the first two games. The kid is averaging 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds as well.

He’s particularly been source of frustration for Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe. Rozier is 7 for 17 when matched up against Bledsoe. Bledsoe is only 4 for 13 from the floor with Rozier as his primary defender.

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Bledsoe has done anything but be effective. He’s scored only 21 total points on 9-for-25 shooting. He is only 2-for-6 from beyond the arc.

He’s also committed six turnovers. That’s been a significant issue so far from the Bucks. They’ve committed 35 already in the series.

The Celtics have made them pay for those mistakes. Twenty percent of Boston’s scoring has come off a Milwaukee turnover. The Celtics hold only a two-rebound advantage over the Bucks. They have racked up 20 offensive rebounds which they’ve converted for 42 points.

Jabari Parker has yet to show up either. He didn’t appear in a game this season until Feb. 2. He was rehabbing from a torn ACL. Parker finished the regular season strong, averaging 19.5 points in 31.8 minutes over the final six games. He’s played only 25 minutes in the series. Only scoring two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

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