Bucks ready to square up against Celtics, Malcolm Brogdon will ‘likely play’

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 21: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on December 21, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Bucks host the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the first round of the NBA Playoffs on Wednesday evening, May 8. Fiserv Forum will be rocking — and despite a rainy forecast, the Deer District is expected to have an electric atmosphere.

Bucks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer announced on Wednesday morning that Malcolm Brogdon is listed to be probable for Wednesday’s game — and will likely play.

The Bucks won the last meeting 113-101. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 39 points to lead Milwaukee to the win and Kyrie Irving scored 23 points in the loss for Boston.

The Bucks are 40-12 in Eastern Conference games. Milwaukee leads the Eastern Conference with 40.4 defensive rebounds per game, led by Antetokounmpo averaging 10.3.

The Celtics are 21-20 in road games. Boston is eighth in the NBA allowing 108 points and holding opponents to 44.8 percent shooting.

TOP PERFORMERS

Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 5.9 assists and scores 27.7 points per game. Khris Middleton has averaged 19.5 points and collected 5.2 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

Irving leads the Celtics averaging 6.9 assists while scoring 23.8 points per game. Jaylen Brown has averaged 14.1 points and totaled 5.3 rebounds while shooting 51.8 percent over the last 10 games for Boston.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS

Celtics: Averaging 103.5 points, 47.8 rebounds, 21.8 assists, 5.5 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 44.0 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102 points on 41.8 percent shooting.

Bucks: Averaging 117 points, 51.2 rebounds, 25.4 assists, 5.9 steals and 6.6 blocks per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 102.9 points on 41.0 percent shooting.

Bucks Injuries: Pau Gasol: out (ankle), Donte DiVincenzo: out for season (heel), Malcolm Brogdon: out (heel).

Celtics Injuries: None listed.

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