FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photom, Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) walks on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Boston. Before the pandemic forced the NBA to pause its season, the Celtics were a team eager to figure out what they could be. It also remains to be seen whether fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum will be able to play at the high level he was before the season was suspended.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photom, Boston Celtics' Jayson Tatum (0) walks on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Boston. Before the pandemic forced the NBA to pause its season, the Celtics were a team eager to figure out what they could be. It also remains to be seen whether fellow All-Star Jayson Tatum will be able to play at the high level he was before the season was suspended.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)|Associated Press
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Bet the NBA Re-start: Greg Frank likes a motivated Celtics team Friday night against the East-favored Bucks

Boston Celtics +5 vs Milwaukee Bucks, 6:30 pm EDT.

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

(Greg kicked off the NBA re-start with a win and is 1-0.)

Celtics (+5) @ Bucks (220)

Pick: Celtics +5

If I told you the Milwaukee Bucks are not going to win the East, who would you pick? The defending champion Toronto Raptors? Would you buy into the Sixers playing their best basketball of the season when it mattered most? Jimmy Butler and a young Miami core? I’d probably take Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker and the Boston Celtics. After coming up one game shy of the NBA Finals two years ago, the Celtics were railroaded by Milwaukee in the second round of the playoffs last season. What better statement for Boston to make than beating Milwaukee in its first game of the restart? From a gambling perspective, what better bet to make than the Celtics catching five against the Bucks? The Bucks are all but locked into the top seed in the East. Much like the Lakers, who did not cover an identical five-point spread last night. We’re not running to the window to lay more than a possession with a Milwaukee team with questionable motivation. Boston plus the points is easily our favorite side of the day in the Association.

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