On Thursday night, it was clear that the Milwaukee Bucks complimentary players lineup are much better than that of the Atlanta Hawks. This was evident in the battle between Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez in the Bucks’ crucial Game 5 win.
With both Trae Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo held out that in essence is what the game turned into with the former leading the Hawks in scoring with 28 points and the latter posting a historical NBA playoffs effort with 33 points on a shade under 78 percent shooting. The end result was a 123-112 Bucks win and cover as 4.5-point favorites per the closing NBA odds at online sportsbooks.
The end result now has the Hawks on the verge of being bounced from the playoffs with the understanding that a win in Game 6 back in front of the home crowd will ultimately result in a trip back to the Fiserv Forum for a seventh and deciding game; a test they already passed once by ending the 76ers season the previous series. The betting public pounced on the Hawks at the open and I agree with that sentiment.
When and Where To Watch Game 6?
Game 6 of the best-of-seven series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks will tip-off on Saturday, July 3, 2021 from the State Farm Arena. Watch it live on TNT at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks Game 6 Odds
Spread: Bucks +2.5 | Hawks -2.5 [BET NOW]
Money Line: Bucks +120 | Hawks -140 [BET NOW]
Total: 216.5 [BET NOW]
Game 6 Odds Analysis
Oddsmakers opened Game 6 up at a pick ‘em with the total at 215. A bucket higher than Thursday night that saw both undermanned teams soar past the number. It didn’t take long for the betting market to show its hand with the number to beat immediately going in the direction of the team facing elimination. Atlanta is now a 1.5-point favorite and favored to win a game in this series for the very first time.
Much could change come Saturday night however. The betting line would certainly swing back in the direction of Milwaukee should Giannis return to the lineup, but that likely won’t occur. However, the Hawks could become an even larger favorite should it be announced Young’s bone bruise will no longer keep him out of action.
Milwaukee Bucks So Far…
Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez became the first player in NBA playoffs history to go for 33 points, shoot 78.8% from the field, block four shots and secure a pair of steals. While the night belonged to him, the Bucks also got huge scoring outputs from the trio of Khris Middleton (26), Jrue Holiday (25) and Bobby Portis (22).
Once again, a bulk of the damage was done in the paint where Milwaukee outscored the Hawks 66-36. Its dominance down low also allowed for it to win the battle of the boards 47-40 with 14 caroms coming at the offensive end of the court. The Bucks literally had a field day draining 51 percent of their 95 shots taken from the field.
Atlanta Hawks So Far…
Atlanta had a poor showing in Game 5. Not a single starter came out of the game with a positive number next to their name. Even Bogdanovic – who went for a team-high 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting – carried a -17 next to his name at the game’s conclusion. John Collins (19) and Lou Williams (17) held up their end of the bargain, but Clint Capela was a major disappointment in tallying just six points and more importantly only eight rebounds.
His inability to compete with the Bucks on the glass allowed for Milwaukee to take the early lead and never look back. If Young doesn’t return for Game 6, it’s tough to envision much of anything different playing out in the rematch of the complementarians.
Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks Game 6 Prediction
My pick: Hawks -2.5
Seriously, how brutal is it that each team has been forced to go at one another without their superstars in tow? The matchup simply just doesn’t bring the same juice with Middleton and Danilo Gallinari playing the roles of the star attractions.
In all honesty, I bet the Bucks in Game 5 and didn’t watch much of the game. I knew it was a spot they simply couldn’t lose in with or without their alpha. I personally don’t think he’ll see the hardwood in Game 6 either. If ever, it’ll be Game 7 but Budenholzer has a buffer game to see what happens.
I do however believe Young will be back in the lineup for this game. With that, I’d hammer the Hawks now at this price before it’s officially announced. To put it mildly, Atlanta won’t only be laying a single possession if it comes to pass.
When it’s said and done, look for the Hawks to force another Game 7 and have a shot to win this series regardless of whether Antetokounmpo is deemed healthy enough to participate.
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