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NBA - US Sports: Bucks set up Celtics showdown

The Milwaukee Bucks will face Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals after completing a 4-1 series win over Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

The Bucks can be backed at 31/20 to win the series, while Boston are 4/7 to prevail.

No sweat for Milwaukee

Milwaukee secured a convincing 116-100 win over the Bulls in Game 5 on Wednesday to wrap up the win, despite the continued absence of Khris Middleton.

Middleton suffered an MCL sprain in the fourth quarter of Game 2, which the Bulls won to level the series.

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the scoring with 33 points on Wednesday, and he was delighted with the way his team fought back by winning three straight games in the absence of one of their key men to progress to the second round.

"After Game 2, the team knew what the deal was," said Antetokounmpo on closing out the series without Middleton, via abc News.

"We knew what we had to do, we had to be desperate. We had to go out there and compete at a high level. Pay attention to detail as much as possible. Help one another defensively.

"We've got to do it as a team. It's not a one-man show or two-man show."

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Celtics are a 'different' test

The Bucks come up against Boston next after the Celtics made a first round statement with a 4-0 series sweep of Brooklyn Nets.

Middleton is likely to miss at least the first game, which will take place on Sunday in Boston, but Antetokounmpo remains confident the defending champions can overcome the Celtics and reach the conference finals.

He added: "Now we're going to a different series, playing a different team, a very, very good team, and hopefully we can do it again."

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