On Saturday night, and missing their former MVP, the Bucks won Game 6 over the Hawks and advanced to their first NBA Finals since 1974 and the days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson.
2021 NBA Finals promise a great show for everyone involved and millions of fans across the globe, so let’s take a closer look and see which of these two teams will clinch te big W!
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The Suns punched their ticket to the Finals with a win over the Clippers three days earlier, and it’s the first time they will be a series away from winning the NBA title since 1993 when they were led by Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, and Dan Majerle.
Without the injury concerns of Milwaukee, it is the Suns who have opened as pre-Finals favorites to win their first-ever NBA championship.
Milwaukee Bucks: +160
The absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo looms large for the Bucks. However, let’s not forget that they just won Game 5 and Game 6 against the Hawks without Giannis in the lineup. It wasn’t easy, and it won’t be easy against the Suns, but it is doable.
Khris Middleton stepped up when needed, scoring 23 of his 32 points in an incredible third quarter on Saturday. He also scored 26 points in Game 5 and went off for 38 in Game 3. He’s not a total fill-in for Giannis, but he’s playing at a high level and this team will stay competitive.
And Giannis hasn’t been ruled out for the series just yet. The official word is that he is “day-to-day.” There had been some reports that he would be ready to play in a Game 7 against Atlanta if necessary. If those reports are true, then a Tuesday return for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, while not likely, is a possibility.
Phoenix Suns: -180
With the Bucks banged up the Phoenix Suns are the obvious favorite. And even if Giannis was healthy heading into the Finals, a strong case can be made that the Suns should be the favored team.
Chris Paul is a leader and just scored 41 to close out the Clippers. Devin Booker is a true scorer, and it’s easy to forget he is still just 24 years old. He’s averaging 27 points a game this, his first-ever trip to the playoffs. And this is the team that knocked off LeBron and the Lakers, this year’s MVP Nikola Jokic, and put together a nine-game playoff winning streak. They also played the Bucks twice this season and won each game by a point.
Prediction: Phoenix Suns
The Suns don’t beat themselves. They’ve been playing good and steady basketball all season long and have really turned it up in the playoffs. Each game might be close, but overall the series won’t be. Phoenix in five games. Six games if Giannis can play at 80-90%.
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