The Eastern Conference Finals will continue on Sunday, and one team will end the night with a 2-1 series lead. The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks have split the first two games of the series and will not meet up for Game 3 in Atlanta.
Milwaukee is the number three seed in the Eastern Conference, and the Bucks are no strangers to playing this late in the postseason. The Bucks might have given up homecourt advantage, but a win on Sunday will get it back.
Atlanta has been a big underdog throughout the postseason, but they just continue to pull off upsets. The Hawks need to win at least one game in Atlanta to keep the pressure on the Bucks.
The Milwaukee Bucks are four-point favorites over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 3 on Sunday.
Bucks at Hawks Preview and Pick: Milwaukee Can Defend
The Milwaukee Bucks scored over 120 points per game this season, which was the highest scoring average in the NBA. Milwaukee wants to play extremely fast, but they also proved that they can defend in the Game 2 victory.
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The Bucks held Atlanta to just 91 points on Friday night, and they did it by being extremely aggressive and physical. Milwaukee is going to continue to throw extra defenders at Trae Young, and they have the depth to wear down the Hawks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.9 points and 13.2 rebounds per game this postseason, and he is a tough matchup for the Atlanta Hawks. The “Greek Freak” has the ability to take over a game when he is being aggressive, and that needs to be the mentality on Sunday.
Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton have also provided plenty of offense for Milwaukee during this playoff run, but the Bucks will need to shoot it well to win a game in Atlanta.
Bucks at Hawks Preview and Pick: Young Needs to Lead Hawks
Trae Young has been sensational so far this postseason for the Hawks, but Milwaukee found a way to slow him down in Game 2. Milwaukee is going to be extremely physical with the young star, but he must find a way to carry this team.
Young managed to score just 15 points in the Game 2 loss, but he is still averaging 29.4 points per game in the playoffs. If Young is able to get clean looks from the floor, then it will be a long night for the Bucks defense.
Atlanta does have six other players scoring in double figures in the playoffs, but most of the offense is set up by Young. The Hawks are shooting 33 percent from deep, and that number will need to improve to win an NBA title.
The biggest concern for the Hawks is how to stop the Milwaukee offense, and there was no answer on Sunday. Atlanta needs to slow the pace down on Sunday in an effort to keep this one close.
Bucks at Hawks Preview and Pick: Milwaukee Takes Care of Business
Atlanta was able to steal Game 1 from Milwaukee, but it also might have woken the Bucks up a little bit. The Bucks absolutely dominated in Game 2 on Friday night, and it all started on the defensive end of the floor.
The Hawks should get a boost from the home crowd in Game 3, but it is going to take more than that to win this game. Atlanta will need a monster game from Trae Young, but the Bucks will be throwing other defenders his way.
Look for Milwaukee to put together another solid performance on Sunday night, as they will take control of this series. The Bucks are simply the much better overall team, and that starts to show up in the NBA Playoff series.
Bet the Milwaukee Bucks -4.0 as they take control of this game and this series with an impressive performance on Sunday.