Will Bucks close out series for first title in 50 years?
The Milwaukee Bucks are just one win away from hoisting their first NBA Championship since 1971.
As a Phoenix Suns futures holder, I’m quite nervous.
I’m more nervous because in both Game 4 and Game 5, the Suns played well, Milwaukee just played better. They shot better in all facets of the game, 51 percent from the field, to Milwaukee’s 40, 84 percent free throws to Milwaukee’s 82 and 30 percent from deep to Milwaukee’s 24.
In Game 5, the Suns still shot 54 percent, but Milwaukee shot 57 percent with Jrue Holiday’s best game yet with 27 points. I think he’ll play with much more confidence after all media entities had been ripping him for this entire series.
Khris Middleton is also in a groove and is making his case for Finals MVP. But perhaps most importantly, Pat Connaughton was 4-for-6 from three off the bench.
Chris Paul played better in Game 5, finishing with 21 points and 11 assists. But was overshadowed by Devin Booker’s 40. The problem with the Suns current offense is that when the ball goes to Booker, you can almost guarantee he’s shooting it. While he was quick to shoot down the Kobe Bryant comparisons, there’s still a lot of Kobe in his game, for better or worse.
Oddsmakers have the Bucks favored by five at the moment. I think the Suns keep it close and it will be a hard-fought game, but I think Milwaukee wins straight up tonight. Milwaukee has taken two of Phoenix’s best shots and still came away victorious. I don’t know how the Suns can play better unless Chris Paul looks like CP3 we’ve seen in the series leading up to this one, one that can take over the game, not the one that is playing in a “my turn” offense and stands in the corner when Booker gets the ball.
Also important to note; Scott Foster was named as the crew chief for tonight’s game. In his career, Paul is 0-12 when Foster is the crew chief. It’s one of those stats you don’t know how to bet. You can either follow the trend and bet it and when it loses think “well crap, should’ve bet the other way. He was due.”
Meanwhile if you bet the other side and lose you ebd up thinking to yourself “what was I thinking, he had never won a game with Foster, why did I think he’d win this one?”
For our prop of the night, I’m going to keep riding Cameron Johnson over 1.5 three-pointers made. If the Suns do manage to grab a win tonight, it will be because they get efficient performances from everyone on the board, and Johnson has been one of the most efficient guys coming off the bench.
I also like Middleton’s over 12.5 rebounds and assists.
If there indeed is a Game 7, we’ll see you then. If the Bucks do pull it off tonight, it’s been a fun ride, folks.