Bucks’ odds, draft picks and 2021 NBA Finals predictions for the Suns

If their two regular-season matchups show 2021 NBA Finals Coming to an end, the Bucks and Suns are about to provide basketball fans with one of the most interesting championship series ever.

Phoenix won two games in two games against Milwaukee, including an overtime thriller 128-127 in April. Yes, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday missed one of the games, this time the rotation of the two teams looks very different. Nevertheless, the Bucks and Suns brought incredible intensity to the field during the regular season, and there is no reason to believe that they will not do it again, especially considering the situation of both sides.

The Suns swept the Lakers, Nuggets and Clippers and entered the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993. After eliminating the Heat, Nets and Eagles, the Bucks entered the NBA Finals for the first time since 1974. Phoenix and Milwaukee are positioned as future contenders, but these teams understand how rare it is to have a chance to win the championship. If the NBA playoffs in 2021 have taught us anything, it is how fast an accidental injury can make championship dreams shattered.

How will the final series of the crazy playoffs be staged? Let’s break it down.

Bucks vs. Suns 2021 NBA Finals odds

According to reports, the Suns are expected to win the 2020-21 NBA championship. Updated odds From FanDuel sports betting. Phoenix is ​​a -180 favorite, which means that if the Suns beat the Bucks in the series, you need to bet $180 to win $100. If the Bucks win, the $100 bet on Milwaukee will receive a return of $145.

Key showdown

Jrue Holiday vs. Chris Paul

How much trouble will Holiday bring to his main task? Well, before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Eagles head coach Nate McMillan stated that he will allow Lu Williams (starting substitute Tre Young), Kevin Hult and Bogdan Bogdanovic Qi decides who takes the ball on the court based on who.Holiday Is not Defense.

This is what happens when you dribble too carelessly against a member of the best defensive team.

But as far as the Hawks’ backcourt is concerned, these people are not “point gods.” In 14 playoff games, Paul had 122 assists and only 22 turnovers.The Suns guard is coming off Performance of a series In that game, he scored 41 points (16 of 24 shots), 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and zero turnovers. The future Hall of Fame member is playing the best basketball of his career.

In addition to being confident in himself just because he is CP3, Paul must also be satisfied with his previous performance with Holiday. NBA.com’s (recognized imperfect) game data over the past four seasons shows that Paul handled Holiday’s pressure well.

Of course, stopping any celebrity is not just the job of one person. Paul is a master of pick-and-rolls and forcing opposing big men into uncomfortable positions.

Take a look at what happens when the holiday card is on Deandre Ayton’s screen in the following play and ask Brook Lopez to deal with Paul. No chance.

And this time, when Lopez promised to challenge the mid-range jumper, Paul waited until Ayton rolled to the basket and found him to shoot easily.

It is worth noting that after Young broke out, Lopez was more aggressive in Milwaukee’s fall behind plan. A career-high 48 points in the playoffs in the first gameMaybe Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will push Lopez to meet with Paul at the screen level, and even switch in some cases.

But when it comes to slowing down Paul’s pace, the most critical task begins with Holiday’s offensive point.

X factor

How many games will Giannis Antetokounmpo play?

As in the entire playoffs, health status may play an important role in the outcome of the series.

Antetokounmpo overstretched his left knee after a terrible fall in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Before being finally excluded, the two-time NBA MVP was listed as a suspicious figure before Game 5 and Game 6.The Bucks won those games, but we don’t have to The complete Ewing theory is here And invent a topic of debate. Milwaukee performed much better on Antetokounmpo, especially on the defensive end and rebounding.

The Bucks in the 2021 playoffs Close rating Definition level Net rating Percentage of default
Antetokounmpo is present 109.8 101.8 8.0 79.6
Outside Antetokounmpo 108.2 107.1 1.1 69.3

Will Antetokounmpo play at the beginning of the NBA Finals? Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports Friday If the Eagles win the 6th game, there is a “conviction” Antetokounmpo will be allowed to participate in the 7th game. One more day of rest and recovery, it is not surprising to see him at least test his knee in the warm-up game and hope to rejoin the starting lineup.

If Antetokounmpo can adapt, he probably won’t operate at 100% speed. However, he will provide a huge boost to his team and can change the dynamics on the court just by being on the court.

Big numbers

11

Bucks forward Bobby Portis and Suns forward Jack Lauder each scored 11 points or more In the seven playoff games this year. Milwaukee and Phoenix have a combined record of 13-1 in these games. (In the first game the Bucks lost to the Hawks, Portis scored 11 points.)

When Portis and Crowder scored 11 points, both teams won more than just—they dominated. The average win rate for these games is 17.2 points.

So… the first player to reach 11 wins the championship?

Bucks vs. Suns schedule

(All times are east)

date game time National Television
July 6 first round Nine p.m ABC
July 8 Game two Nine p.m ABC
July 11 Game 3 eight pm ABC
July 14 Game 4 Nine p.m ABC
July 17 Game 5* Nine p.m ABC
July 20 Game 6* Nine p.m ABC
July 22 Game 7* Nine p.m ABC

* If necessary

The Bucks’ predictions for the Suns

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Giannis’ problems make this series extremely difficult to predict. Winning two games against the Eagles without Antetokounmpo is a very different challenge than defeating a Suns team with talent in every position and led by Monty Williams’ excellent coach.

Even if Antetokounmpo does play, the bet here is that Phoenix, the most stable team in the entire NBA regular season and playoffs, will win the Larry O’Brien trophy.



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