The Milwaukee Bucks are now up 3-2 over the Phoenix Suns after starting off the series down 0-2, becoming the first team since the Miami Heat in 2006 to win the next three games in the Finals after losing their first two.
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The Bucks have seen historically great production out of their main superstar and two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, but Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and others have stepped up big time to help the team win its first championship in 50 years.
Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have largely carried their weight, but Chris Paul has had several forgettable games these Finals, racking up at least four turnovers in three of the five games so far and finishing with just 10 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the floor in a pivotal Game 4, which is a game the Suns could’ve won despite being on the road.
NBA Finals Game 6 Pick
Game 6 is expected to be an exciting game all-around, with the Milwaukee faithful hoping the Bucks can pull off the “Bucks in 6” manifestation imposed by their former guard Brandon Jennings.
Jennings made that manifestation back in 2013 when the 38-44 Bucks were going up against a 66-16 Heat squad. Unfortunately, Milwaukee couldn’t even grab a game against them.
The Bucks have all it takes talent-wise and as a collective group to capture the Larry O’Brien trophy Tuesday night in front of their home fans.
Antetokounmpo has proven to be deadly when he gets to the rim, and Middleton can go bucket for bucket against Booker down the stretch.
Holiday has proven that he has the defensive chops to limit CP3’s damage and that he can transition into more of a playmaking role if his shot isn’t there.
In the absence of Donte DiVincenzo, Pat Connaughton has proven that he can fill his role as a shooter, as Connaughton has shot 15-of-30 from 3-point range thus far in the Finals.
GAME DAY! 🍿
▪️ Giannis, Middleton, Jrue fueled Game 5 W
▪️ D-Book dropped 40 PTS for PHX
▪️ Jrue’s clutch steal and lob to Giannis in final seconds lifted MIL
— NBA (@NBA) July 20, 2021
Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis have also both given Milwaukee extremely solid minutes at the center position on both sides of the floor, so expect both of them to ride the adrenaline of the home crowd.
While Booker is nearly unguardable at times, the Bucks’ defense is still going to have to throw double teams and unique defensive schemes at him to get him off balance and limit the damage he can inflict on opposing teams. Expect PJ Tucker to continue to draw this assignment with Middleton, Holiday and Antetokounmpo also switching onto him at times.
Paul can also turn it up at any time and get in a rhythm once he starts getting to his spots in the mid-range, so Holiday will need to continue to stay on him and keep him off his game.
Wrapping Things Up
With all of these things being said, the Bucks are clearly the favorites in this one. They have all of the momentum, they’re home and things are clicking on all cylinders in this one.
Expect the Bucks to get the job done in this one with Antetokounmpo taking home the Finals MVP trophy, finishing off a goal he’s had in mind the minute he was drafted.