Celtics Win Dramatic Playoff Opener Against Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks will find out if they dodged a bullet this afternoon when they open up the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs against the Boston Celtics. A wild final night in the National Basketball Association kept the matchups uncertain for as long as possible, with a Bucks loss and a Miami Heat overtime win finally setting things in place. Overcoming the loss of Gordon Hayward for the season and more recently Kyrie Irving has been made up for by fantastic coaching and other players stepping up. Although injuries have made life incredibly hard for the Celtics of late, they've continued to perform well, and closed out a very impressive season with a 55-win total.

Standing in their way will be the Boston Celtics.

Milwaukee has found mediocrity to be the title of its season, ending up with a 44-38 record despite the excellence of MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo.

That would be the Boston Celtics, a team with a lot of ups that has had virtually no downs aside from some unfortunate injuries. The Celtics will have to rely on their young team and the coaching prowess of former Butler coach Brad Stevens if they look to advance.

This Bucks team will feel like they've unfinished playoff business, as their last taste of post-season action came in a spirited, but heartbreaking defeat to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 last season.

The season series is tied up 2-2, with all four games decided by 11 points or less - and just 7.5 points on average.

As for tickets, the Bucks say their first two home games are nearly sold out.

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