The Boston Celtics (37-21 SU, 30-28 ATS) are one of the best teams in the NBA, but they’re only in fourth place in the Eastern Conference coming out of the All-Star break. They’ll try to gain some ground this Thursday when they visit the first-place Milwaukee Bucks (43-14 SU, 34-20-3 ATS); TNT will provide the coverage at 8 PM ET.

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The Celtics went on a 12-3 SU and 8-7 ATS tear heading into the break, but chemistry still seems to be an issue in Boston, especially when it comes to All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. He’s been battling a strained right knee that’s caused him to miss six of the last 10 games, although Irving is expected to play Thursday. He’s also left open the possibility of turning down his player option for 2019-20 and leaving Boston at the end of the season.

Milwaukee have a number of free agents coming up this summer, and there’s no concern about their chemistry – the Bucks have gone 8-1 SU and ATS in their past nine games. They also lead the league with a plus-9.8 point differential, more than three points better than the No. 3-ranked Celtics at plus-6.4.

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