Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction: Game 2 Picks
After one game of the Finals, there’s both things to feel good about and things to worry over if you’re a Bucks fan. Which column is higher? Let’s take a look
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction
Here’s the good news for Milwaukee: not only did Giannis Antetokounmpo play, but for the most part, he looked like himself.
The Greek Freak went from doubtful to questionable to on the court for 35 minutes hitting more than half of both his field goals and his free throws.
Unfortunately, he only shot the ball from the field 11 times, fourth most on the team. If the Bucks are going to have a chance in this series, that’s going to need to change. The good news is that with a game to adjust to being back on the court under his belt and a look at how the Suns are playing him on defense, it should.
The other plus for Milwaukee came in the form of their 3-point shooting, which finally reverted to their regular season form. The Bucks hit 16 of their 36 attempts from behind the arc for a conversion rate of 44.4 percent. They also seemed to stumble upon a lineup configuration that worked against the Phoenix defense: super small with Giannis at center and Bryn Forbes on the perimeter.
Now here’s some more bad news: they can’t count on shooting 44 percent from deep every game, and even with the small unit in, they more or less played the Suns to a draw.
In other words, there are no obvious answers for how the Bucks are going to win the next game, let alone four of the next six.
That said, you might have had the same thought after Game 1 of each of the last two series, and maybe even the last three. Remember, Milwaukee barely beat Miami in Game 1 of the first round, and then lost to both the Nets and Hawks in the first games of those series as well. They followed the Heat scare with a 34-point victory, the Nets loss with a 39-point defeat, and the Hawks defeat with a 34-point thrashing. The next remotely close Game 2 they play in this postseason will be the first one.
And maybe that comes on Thursday night. Their defense against Phoenix cannot possibly be worse, and the 118 points they gave up was the second most in this postseason. This doesn’t feel quite like a must win, but it is a “must show you can compete.”
They’ve taken punches for the last two months and lived to tell the tale. They’ll do so once more here.