With a 118-107 win against the Hawks in Atlanta, Milwaukee Bucks closed the series by 4-2, and it is the de Eastern Conference Champion, after 41 years and will try to repeat 1974, when defeated Baltimore Bullets and won its first and only NBA franchise title.
The team overcame the absence of the star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the last two games and won both games to be in the Finals. It is true that Trae Young also didn’t play on game 5, but he returned on game 6, and couldn’t stop Milwaukee Bucks.
Without him, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday took the protagonism in the last two games to lead the team. While Middleton average 29 points, 8,5 rebounds, and 7,5 assists, Holiday averaged 26 points, 7,5 rebounds, and 11 assists, flirting with a triple-double last game.
But now the question is: will Giannis return to game 1, on Tuesday, 6 July, against Phoenix Suns? We will have the answer in the next few days. If he doesn’t come back, they will have a hard job to stop Chris Paul, Devin Booker, and Deandre Ayton.
Phoenix Suns is the favorite to win the first game of the NBA Finals, according to Bovada, which will happen at Phoenix Suns Arena.
From Milwaukee’s 17 offs games, was 12 wins and 5 losses. Until the Finals, the retrospect at home is almost perfect, with 7-1. On the other hand, away is not that good, but also positive, 5-4. And in the series, the advantage is from Suns, which will play game 7 at home, if necessary.
To be on the Finals, Bucks defeated Miami Heat, with a 4-0 win, in round 1, Brooklyn Nets, 4-3 on Conference Semifinals, and Atlanta Hawks on Conference Finals.
From Milwaukee, Antetokounmpo, Middleton, and Brook Lopez appear as stats leader in the playoffs. The Greek has 12.7 rebounds per game and lead this stats.
Lopez is the third player with more blocks, with 1.8 per game, behind Rudy Gobert, with 2.1, and Daniel Gafford, from Washington, with 2.0. Middleton has 1.5 steals per game. The leader is Kyle Anderson, from Memphis, with 2.8.
Besides being the rebound leader, Giannis also has good numbers in the others scouts. 28.2 points per game and 5.2 assists. Khris is averaging 23.4 points, 2.6 3 point-made, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.1 assists. Holiday has 17.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 8.4 assists.