NBA Playoffs Picks - Nets vs. Bucks Prediction
Two game fours await on Sunday, each of which have very different stakes on the line.
Two years ago, the Milwaukee Bucks looked unbeatable. They had rampaged through the early rounds of the playoffs and were in complete control of the conference finals against the Toronto Raptors. They were up 2-0 going into Game 3, and the third game of the series went into overtime before the Raptors finally emerged victorious.
Toronto went on to win the next three games, starting with Game 4 in blowout fashion. A few weeks later, they’d be raising the Larry O’Brien trophy after beating the Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Fast forward two years, and we’re about to find out if a role reversal is going to take place. In place of the 2018-19 Bucks are the 2020-21 Brooklyn Nets, who are the betting favorites to win it all. Like the Bucks of two years ago, they have looked unstoppable at times, yet they found a way to lose Game 3 even though Milwaukee did not play particularly well.
Can the Bucks now channel that Raptors team that vanquished them in 2019? They clearly have the talent, but the question has always come down to whether they’d be able to make the necessary adjustments over the course of a seven-game series, especially with the limitations of their best player and two-time MVP.
Giannis Antetokounmpo may be averaging 28 points per game, but he’s just 3-for-16 from deep, and an even more concerning 6-for-19 from the line. His inconsistency from the charity stripe has resulted in too many possessions that devolve into Khris Middleton trying to create offense from thin air – something he’s not nearly as adept at as his Brooklyn counterparts.
All that being said, James Harden remains out, and the Bucks are at home. If they win, they cover, and Milwaukee has now won three straight against the Nets at home. This feels like a game that the Bucks take hold of the momentum generated by their Game 3 win and put forth their best effort of the series.
Nets vs. Bucks Pick - Game 4
The Pick: Bucks +2 @ -105
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