The Milwaukee Bucks, a franchise that has qualified for the NBA playoffs 30 times in its 50-year history, per Basketball Reference records, but has won only one NBA championship — and that came in 1971 — has looked like a title contender in the early going of the 2018/2019 season, coming into Thursday’s matchup with Eastern Conference rivals the Boston Celtics as the league’s sole remaining undefeated team, at 7-0, for the game that will live stream from TD Garden.
The Celtics came into the season, as Forbes reported, carrying the favorites tag, at least in the Eastern Conference. But just over two weeks into the campaign, it’s Milwaukee, led by 25 points per game from annual MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo, per BR, who rules the conference at 7-0.
Boston has seemingly recovered from a halting start with three straight wins, including home-and-home victories over the Detroit Pistons, to stand at 5-2.
According to an analysis by ESPN, there have been several factors in Milwaukee’s early-season perfection. For starters, the team has averaged 22.6 unguarded three-point attempts per game, the most in the league and nearly twice what the Bucks averaged last season. On defense, ESPN found, the Bucks are allowing just 14.5 baskets inside the restricted area this season, fewest in the NBA, after allowing the most (19.5 per game) last season, when they took the Celtics to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics Eastern Conference showdown, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The NBA matchup gets underway at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Thursday, November 1. That start time is 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. In the United Kingdom, that tipoff time will be midnight Greenwich Mean Time on Thursday night/ Friday morning, October 20.
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has torn up the Bucks over his career, averaging 24.3 points, 4 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game against Milwaukee, according to SB Nation. But while Antetokounmpo appears to have put some early season health issues behind him, the Celtics on Thursday will be without Jaylen Brown and defensive specialist big man off the bench, Daniel Theis.
The game is an important one for Boston, as not only would they like to end the Bucks’ winning streak, but the Celtics will also take off on a five-game road trip, per BR, after the game, and will not enjoy the friendly confines of TD Garden again until November 14.
To watch the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Eastern Conference matchup live stream online from TD Garden in Boston, access the streaming video provided by Watch TNT, or download the Watch TNT app to watch a live stream on mobile devices. Watch TNT also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV set-top streaming device, allowing fans to watch the Bucks vs. Celtics showdown streaming live to their TV sets.
For fans who want to stream the Milwaukee-Boston confrontation for free without cable login credentials, a feed from TNT Overtime will also stream at the above link, or on most mobile devices. TNT Overtime allows fans to choose and switch between any one of four camera angles on the game, or to watch all four at the same time in a mosaic view.
Another way to watch the Milwaukee Bucks vs. Boston Celtics game stream live for free without a cable subscription is for fans to sign up for a free trial of an “over the top” streaming TV package, such as DirecTV Now, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. All of those services require credit card information and subscription fees — but each offers a seven-day free trial, and if the subscription is canceled prior to the expiration of that weeklong period, fans can watch the Bucks vs. Celtics live stream for free.
To watch the Bucks-Celtics game live stream in the United Kingdom, the best and only option is NBA League Pass, which carries a subscription fee.