We are less than 2 hours away from possibly crowning a new NBA Champion. The Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to prove all the haters wrong. For years the Bucks haven't been able to win in the playoffs, Giannis wasn't able to be successful in a real playoff series, and they just didn't have enough star power.
Well how the tables have turned. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have showed they are capable of helping Giannis enough to get this team its first NBA title since Kareem and Oscar Robertson won it in 1971. Those 2 will most likely be in attendance tonight, along with the most important ex-Buck of all time Brandon Jennings, who famously coined the popular slogan "Bucks in 6" back in 2013.
For Phoenix, Game 5 was absolutely demoralizing. They played about as well as they could offensively and still managed to lose because of the big 3 of Giannis, Middleton and Holiday. They are going to need Chris Paul to be vintage Chris Paul tonight if they want a chance to win on the road in Game 6 and force a Game 7.
Bucks -4.5 | O/U 220.5
Game 7's always seem to come down not to the superstars, but to the role players. That is why home teams always have the advantage because role players tend to play better at home. Advantage Milwaukee. The Bucks GM John Horst deserved A TON of credit for putting this roster together. He drafted a superstar outside the lottery, drafted an all-star in the second round. Then he went and traded for Jrue Holiday, traded for PJ Tucker, and signed Bobby Portis all in the last calendar year. If they all can perform like they have so far in this series, Milwaukee is sitting pretty.
Phoenix is going to need to figure something out defensively in order to win this game. The double-teaming of Giannis only works when the other guys aren't hitting shots. The Bucks have scored 109 points or more in their 3 wins this series, and scored 108 or below in their 2 losses. Defense = wins. Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, and CP3 all have to play perfect in order to win tonight. It just doesn't seem like a recipe for success.
The other variable we have tonight is Scott Foster. Chris Paul is 0-12 in his last 12 playoff games referee'd by Foster. If the NBA wants this series to go 7 this could be the perfect mole. He could go in and everyone would think he is going to favor the Bucks and then all of a sudden maybe he's helping the Suns by getting Giannis into foul trouble. Who knows?
I personally like the Bucks -4.5 and the over in this game. In games Scott Foster has officiated this season home team favorites of 0-4.5 points are 13-5 and the average total score in all his games is 226. The Bucks are 2-0-1 against the spread in their 3 wins and the over/under is 1-1-1. These are my picks not the AI. Check out our social @fixdpicks on Instagram and @fixd_picks on Twitter for a pick for tonight's game, if there is one.
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Sometimes in a series we have these special moments that will live on in NBA history. It doesn't feel like the Suns have had one of those this entire series. The Bucks have had 3 or 4. Giannis' chase-down block in Game 1. Giannis' block of DeAndre Ayton's alley-oop in Game 4. Jrue Holiday's steal of Devin Booker and then lob to Giannis to seal the Game 5 victory. If the Suns are going to win tonight and go on to win Game 7, we are going to need a few iconic moments along the way.