NBA Finals Game 4 Pick | Bucks Trying to Even the Series
After a convincing 120-100 Game 3 victory against the Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to tie up the series at two games a piece before heading back to the valley for Game 5.
Just like the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Brooklyn Nets, the Bucks started off the series down 0-2 heading back home. It seems like the combination of playing at home with their back against the walls brings out the best of the players.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was magnificent, as he put the entire team on his back. He finished the game with 41 points and 13 rebounds. The Greek Freak joins Shaquille O’neal as just the second player in NBA Finals history to score back-to-back games with at least 40 points and 10 rebounds. Maybe Shaq’s willingness to give up his “Superman” nickname to him is well justified.
To go along with Giannis’ great game, everybody on Milwaukee was playing swarming defense against Phoenix which made their players extremely uncomfortable. They held the Suns to 29% shooting from the three-point line and forced 14 turnovers.
The second quarter was when the Bucks really started stepping on the gas pedal. It all started on the defensive end which really propelled their offense. They outscored the Suns 35-17 which gave them a lot of confidence heading into halftime.
A guy that really struggled to get it going from the field for the Suns was All-Star shooting guard, Devin Booker. Booker shot only 3/14 from the game and 1/7 from three which is extremely unusual for him. He was harassed and could not get any rhythm going.
As for Chris Paul, he did have a decent game but the Bucks relatively kept him in check. He did have 19 points and nine assists but they did not allow him to control the pace of the game, something CP3 does on a consistent basis.
NBA Finals Game 4 Pick
If the Suns are going to take a 3-1 series against the Bucks, they are going to have to get more efficient looks in the half court and play better defense like they did in Games 1 and 2. They have proven that they have all that it takes to defeat this team, they just cannot let the Bucks gain even more confidence than they already have.
With that being said, I have the Bucks heading into Game 4 tomorrow night. They have shown that their level of play increases dramatically at home, and I see them carrying the momentum they created in Game 3. The experience they have gained so far this postseason will pay off tremendously. They have been here before and know exactly what it takes.
Giannis will be Giannis and I see Khris Middelton having a breakout game.
It is always fascinating to see a team that looks dead in the water come back and makes it an entirely looking series. I see them doing more of the same by the time Game 4 is complete.