Two of the Eastern Conference’s best are set to clash as the Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Boston Celtics on Thursday at Fiserv Forum.
The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT. If you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
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TNT is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch a live stream of the Celtics vs Bucks on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
TNT is included in Hulu With Live TV, which comes with 60-plus live TV channels and Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies:
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If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) offers six different channel bundles. They range from 45 to 125 live TV channels, and they all include TNT. The “Plus” and “Max” bundles come with a free seven-day trial:
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If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV Now — no matter what channel package you choose — comes with included cloud DVR.
Both of Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” (32 channels) and “Sling Blue” (47 channels) packages come with TNT. They both cost $20 for the first month ($30 per month after that), which makes Sling by far the cheapest streaming service with TNT if you plan on keeping it long term:
Or, as part of a special deal that Sling is currently offering, you can get a free Amazon Fire TV Stick if you prepay for two months:
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If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage for an additional $5 per month.
Celtics vs Bucks Preview
The Bucks have opened up a nice lead on the rest of the Eastern Conference, but the hungry Celtics aren’t ready to just sit back and concede the No. 1 seed in the East as the season approaches its midway mark.
“Never in my life have I ever said I wanted to be No. 2 in anything,” Brown told reporters, per NBC Sports Boston’s Chris Forsberg. “If we can get that No. 1 spot, catch the Bucks, let’s do it.”
At 27-11, the Celtics are seven games back of the 36-6 Bucks, who are on a historic pace for the franchise. But Boston has dealt with their share of injuries, including to both Gordon Hayward and Marcus Smart — key cogs in the Celtics machine.
“We just had a tough stretch,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Boston Globe. “I know what our guys are capable of doing, and I’m confident that we’re going to see the Celtics that we saw weeks before, and it’s good that we’re getting closer to becoming whole again.”
Hayward — who suffered a broken hand earlier this season — is averaging 16.4 points, six rebounds and four assists per game. He’s glad to see the team thriving thanks to depth.
“That’s when it’s the most fun for me personally and fun for everybody, when everyone is involved, everyone eats, and you’re just having fun, making the right play, getting easy looks,” Hayward said. “Getting dunks. Getting open threes. We have a lot of talent on this team, and when everybody is moving the ball and involved, it makes us hard to guard.”
The Celtics didn’t exactly warm up the right way for a matchup with the NBA’s best, getting scorched by the Pistons 116-103 on Wednesday. Detroit shot 60.3 percent from the field.
“I think the ones that we’ll go back and we’ll say, OK, the baskets you can never give away are the cuts, the layups, and the transition when they just get behind you and drive to the rim,” said Brad Stevens. “You always start there. I’m guessing they had 20 points on those, maybe more? Right there you’re probably getting beat in most NBA games, if you give up that easy a plays.”
The Bucks have won their last four games and defending MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has been outstanding. He’s scored over 30 points in their last two games, collecting 26 combined rebounds in the two contests combined.
“I’m just trying to be aggressive and trying to make plays,” Antetokounmpo said. “When you come out with the mindset to make the lead go 20 or 30 or 40, that’s when you mess up the lead.
“You’ve just got to keep doing your job, and then you look up and see you lead by 30. Then you’re like, ‘OK, we did our job so now we can sit.’”
Milwaukee is an 8.5-point favorite for the game.
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