NBA Playoffs Picks - Nets vs. Bucks Prediction
Let’s head to Milwaukee, where the Bucks will have to put one of the most devastating losses in NBA playoff history behind them.
How do you come back from having your soul snatched from your chest?
That’s the question Milwaukee has to asking itself heading in Thursday’s Game 6. Up 17 points in the 3rd quarter against a team missing one of its Big Three and with another playing on one leg, the Bucks completely folded under the pressure, choking away the game with a bevy of second half offensive possessions that were somewhere between directionless and futile.
Kevin Durant also had a little to do with the loss, as he put forth one of the great postseason performances in history. He had help from Jeff Green, who went 7-of-8 from deep en route to 27 points. He and Kevin Durant (49 points on just 23 shots) accounted for two thirds of Brooklyn’s total output.
The Nets needed every one of them to win, along with several Buck blunders down the stretch. Now, with Milwaukee going back home, the odds-makers are counting on a reversion, installing the Bucks as healthy favorites despite the devastation that just occurred.
It’s tough to imagine Milwaukee pulling out a close game given how this series has gone, so this is essentially a bet that the Bucks will put this one away before crunch time. Can they? James Harden still isn’t himself, and perhaps Durant will be a little gassed. Irving also remains out and one has to think if this game isn’t in range late, Steve Nash will rest his stars in anticipation of Game 7.
This feels like a bit like a trap, but Milwaukee’s saving grace all season has been a defense that doesn’t let up, and it hasn’t yet in this series. They held the Nets to 83 and 96 points in the previous two games at home. They should be able to do enough to get this to a Game 7.
Nets vs. Bucks Pick - Game 6
The Pick: Bucks -5.5 @ -110
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