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EAMS: Boston Celtics (2-3) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (4-3).

WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

WHERE: BMO Harris Bradley Center.

BROADCASTS: TV — FS Wisconsin. Radio — AM-620.

ABOUT THE CELTICS: Boston likes to push the pace and score in transition, and the Celtics are not afraid to launch from the three-point line. Coach Brad Stevens has elected to go with Isaiah Thomas as the starter while point guard Marcus Smart is out with a toe injury. Evan Turner is coming off the bench, after he started 57 of 82 games last season. Stevens already has made a few lineup changes, inserting Jared Sullinger for David Lee and Amir Johnson for Tyler Zeller. Kelly Olynyk had 19 points off the bench and Sullinger drilled 3 three-pointers in the Celtics' 118-98 rout of Washington in their last game on Friday night.

LINEUPS

PROBABLE CELTICS STARTERS

G Isaiah Thomas, 5-9, Washington

G Avery Bradley, 6-2, Texas

F Jae Crowder, 6-6, Marquette

F A. Johnson, 6-9, Westchester HS

C Jared Sullinger, 6-9, Ohio State

Coach: Brad Stevens (third season, 67-102).

Injury report: Marcus Smart (sprained big left toe) is out.

PROBABLE BUCKS STARTERS

G Tyler Ennis, 6-3, Syracuse

G Khris Middleton, 6-8, Texas A&M

F G. Antetokounmpo, 6-11, Greece

F Jabari Parker, 6-8, Duke

C Greg Monroe, 6-11, Georgetown

Coach: Jason Kidd (second season, 45-44; third overall, 89-82).

Injury report: O.J. Mayo (right hamstring) and Michael Carter-Williams (left ankle sprain) are out.

THE SERIES

The Celtics lead, 101-98, but the Bucks have a 61-38 advantage in Milwaukee. The Bucks won two of three meetings last season.

NUMBERS GAME

55 Most points by a Bucks player against the Celtics, scored by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in December 1971.

22.0 Thomas' scoring average in the first five games.

7.5 Thomas' assists average in his two starts.

COMING UP

Wednesday: 8 p.m. at the Pepsi Center. Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets. TV — FS Wisconsin. Radio — AM-620
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/preview-bucks-vs-celtics-b99612817z1-344213142.html
 

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This should be a good one. All of the Celtics' losses so far were close games against good teams. Both of these teams are probably still good enough to be third tier playoff teams in the East.
 
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