The Conference semifinals continue on Monday night with two pivotal games on the schedule. Both home teams in tonight’s contests have a 2-1 lead in their respective series. Tonight’s action promises to be tighter, with all four teams desperate to prove themselves.
Celtics Hope to Regain Home Court Advantage vs. Bucks
The Boston Celtics are in revenge mode after a disappointing 103-101 loss on Saturday. They had no answer for Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he torched them for 42 points to give Milwaukee control of the series.
Jason Tatum failed to show up for Boston, scoring just ten points after shooting 21% from the field in Game 3. Boston is relying on the hope that Tatum won’t have two bad games in a row, and they can head back to the TD Garden with the series tied.
A couple of things late in the last matchup could have turned the game in the Celtics’ favor. First, Marcus Smart was fouled in the final seconds while it seemed he was attempting a three-pointer, but it was called a common foul.
Things would have turned out differently if he had been sent to the line to attempt three free throws. Boston also missed several layups in the end that would have tied the game and sent it to overtime.
Milwaukee has stepped up their defense in this series, only allowing the Celtics 99.7 points per game and holding them to just 36.8% shooting in Saturday’s matchup. If they continue to put pressure on Boston’s defense as they did in Game 3, the Bucks can turn the contest in their favor. However, the Celtics are leaning on the fact that both Giannis and Jrue Holiday both had big games, and they still lost by only two points.
The Bucks will win Game 4 at home to take command of the series.
Warriors Can See the Finish Line
The Golden State Warriors have a chance to put a lock on their series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 4 coming up tonight in San Francisco. On Saturday, they shot 63% from the field in their 142-112 demolishing of Memphis and now have the Grizzlies’ backs against the wall. Leading 2-1 in the series, the Warriors a hoping to take a commanding series lead against a team that will be without their leading scorer for the next contest.
Ja Morant is listed as day-to-day with a sprained knee that he suffered in the final minutes of Game 3. Therefore, it is doubtful he will see any action in tonight’s game. That being said, it will be next to impossible for the Grizzlies to win in San Francisco without him in the lineup.
The Grizzlies won 20 of 25 games without Morant during the regular season. However, to get a win in a big playoff game on the road against the best offense in the league without their star player is a daunting task. As a result, the Warriors are huge favorites in this matchup with Morant on the bench tonight.
Golden State will get another double-digit victory to go up 3-1 in the series.