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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Eastern Conference Finals
(2-2) Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks (2-2)
Date: Thursday, July 1st
Time: 8:30 PM EST
Venue: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: Hawks +113 | Bucks -122
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -2
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
Thursday, July 1st, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks tip-off in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is now a best of three and has experienced a massive shift after the Hawks smacked the Bucks in the mouth in Game 4.
That Milwaukee came out flat knowing Atlanta was playing without their star Trae Young begs the question of whether this really is a championship contender. And now they’ll be in tough especially since their superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo hyperextended his leg forcing him from the match.
Injuries will be the biggest factor in Game 5 as each of Antetokounmpo, Trae Young and Clint Capella could be sidelined. Adding pressure is the knowledge the Phoenix Suns have cemented their berth in the finals and now will be sitting waiting for at least two games.
Every pundit said the Hawks could only win if star Trae Young led them via massive scoring and playmaking efforts. Well, throw out that analysis as Atlanta’s Game 4 win was arguably the most impressive of their postseason.
Part of the problem with having Young be the primary playmaker is it often leads to lack of ball movement but without him the squad played more cohesively and the ball was zipping around the court.
Six Hawks scored in double-figures with Lou Williams leading the way in his first start with 21 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. For the first time in the series Bogdan Bogdanovic was moving well which translated into 20 points including six 3-pointers.
Kevin Huerter (15) Clint Capela (15), Cam Reddish (12), and Danilo Gallinari (10) were the other Hawks to register double-digit scoring.
It was 7:14 in the third quarter when the Antetokounmpo injury occurred with the Bucks trailing by 10 points. Milwaukee never was in this game and the fact they showed up unprepared speaks to an ongoing issue this team has demonstrated in the past.
With the top Eastern teams dispensed of it was thought the Bucks would shake off their bad habits of inconsistency and recognize their good fortune. But both losses in this series were equally about Milwaukee not being prepared as much as they are about the Hawks bringing energy and playing to the game plan.
Only three Bucks scored in double-figures including Antetokounmpo who scored 14 points and added eight rebounds prior to his exit having played just 24 minutes.
Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton both shot 6 of 17 from the field for 19 and 16 points respectively.
As a team the Bucks struggled shooting 8 of 39 from deep for 20.5 percent. In the three prior games of the series the Bucks won most of the key categories but in Game 4 it was Atlanta that won the fast break (14 to 9) and paint scoring (46 to 44) as well as steal, blocks, assists and rebounding categories.
- The Bucks are 7-3 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Hawks are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 3-7 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction:
Injuries will play a role but for as much as the Bucks are touted as the better club it’s actually the Hawks who have a deeper team. Giannis is definitely out so now it’s up to his teammates to show up in this match like they should have the game prior.
I’m just not sure that gritty DNA resonates throughout the roster.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Hawks +2
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