The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons by a score of 127-104 on Monday night, completing the first round sweep for the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo dominated the decisive game, scoring 41 points, nine rebounds, and four blocks. The Bucks got to the free-throw line plenty in Game 4, outshooting the Pistons 41 to 12 from the charity stripe. Antetokounmpo’s 41 point game pushes his playoff average for this postseason up to 26.2 points per game.
With the win, the first seeded Milwaukee Bucks move on to play the fourth seeded Boston Celtics. The Bucks made easy work of the Pistons in the first round, but their second round encounter with the Celtics promises to be much more competitive. After all, the Celtics have looked like the most impressive team in the playoffs so far, simply based on the results they have came up with. Boston was able to sweep the fifth place Indiana Pacers in their first round matchup, holding the Pacers to under 100 points in three of their four games. Celtics star Kyrie Irving has led his team up to this point, scoring 22.5 points per game so far in the playoffs. The Celtics have been able to slow down games, allowing coach Brad Stevens and his team to better dictate the way that their games go. With an efficient half court game and high level defense, this Celtics team is one of the more reliable teams in the postseason especially at home.
The matchup between the Bucks and Celtics is an intriguing one. This Bucks team has proven to be as good as their number one overall seed suggests. Their MVP candidate in Giannis Antetokounmpo is firing on all cylinders, making them a tough team to beat in a best-of-seven series, On the other hand, the Celtics are looking as good as they have looked all season. The bench is coming alive in Boston as the Celtics have opened up their playoff run in an ideal way. Make sure to tune into this series once it begins, with a date for Game 1 yet to be announced.