Needing at least one road win in the NBA Finals to claim its first championship since 1971, the Milwaukee Bucks got what they needed on Saturday. Overcoming an early deficit to the Phoenix Suns, the Bucks stayed the course with brilliant shooting and another huge late defensive play to escape with a 123-119 win.
It was the third straight win and cover for the Bucks forcing their opponent into a must win situation Tuesday in Game 6. The Suns didn’t lose four consecutive games all season and need to avoid that fate as a 5-point dog in order to take the series the distance.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals takes place on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 and will air live on ABC with tip off at 9 p.m. ET from Fiserv Forum.
Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 Odd
Spread: Suns +5 | Bucks -5 [BET NOW]
Money Line: Suns +172 | Bucks -205 [BET NOW]
Total: 222 [BET NOW]
Series to Date
The Suns are in a scenario they haven’t faced this postseason; they hadn’t lost more than two games in any series and never faced elimination. With their backs against the wall they’ll need to win in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Winning on the road hasn’t been a problem this season. The Suns had the best away mark during the regular season and were 6-2 SU and ATS over the first three rounds until going 0-2 SU and ATS in Milwaukee.
Can they regain the mojo to extend the series? “We’ve got to win one game to put them back on the plane. That’s it. And you have to have that determination that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to put them back on the plane,” Monty Williams said.
After a slow start to the series the Bucks have picked things up on both ends of the floor getting contributions from the guys who need to contribute. For the first time in the Finals the trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday all scored more than 20 points and the Bucks shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field in Game 5.
They still needed a key steal from Holiday late to preserve a one-point lead and eventually put the game out of reach. The score remained tight thanks to the poor free throw shooting of Antetokounmpo, who was just 4 of 11 from the stripe on Saturday. Outside of that Giannis was Giannis dropping 32 points with nine boards and six assists. If those three play as well in Game 6 as they did on Saturday, the Bucks can wrap this thing up.
The Suns picked a bad time to match their longest losing streak of the season. We’ll see how adjusted they are facing elimination for the first time. They have been so good not going beyond six games in any of their playoff series and never put in a do-or-die position. That’s where they are now and they’ll need to dig deep in order to take this to a Game 7. Phoenix dropped three in a row back in January, their longest stretch of setbacks until now.
Even another 40-point game from Booker couldn’t prevent the setback. Booker has been on fire the last two games totaling 82 points on 55.7 percent shooting, this coming after the worst game of his postseason. The Suns did nothing wrong offensively on Saturday shooting 55 percent from the field while making 13 of 19 triples allowing the teams to easily cash the OVER for the third time in five games with a push.
Needing a near perfect game to win on the road, the Bucks played about as well as any team this postseason. It didn’t start that way, though, and the Bucks were resilient in whittling away an early 16-point deficit. They were unconscious from the field making 57 percent of their shots for the game and outscored the Suns 79-53 over the second and third quarters. Middleton and Holiday played their roles to perfection combining for 56 points while shooting nearly 56 percent. With Giannis having his usual impressive game the Bucks are hard to beat when the trio is on.
“Obviously we know what the deal is. It’s one game away from being an NBA champ, being in the history of this game, being always there. Nobody can take that away from you. Doing it in front of our families and our fans, it’s big. It’s going to be big,” Antetokounmpo said. It doesn’t sound like he’s going to take the foot off the gas and the Bucks certainly don’t want to get back on the plane.
Suns vs Bucks Game 6 Prediction
Our picks: Milwaukee Bucks -5 and UNDER 222
All I can say is what a game! Game 5 had all the drama with comebacks, lights out shooting and a key defensive play that sparked the Bucks. With the Suns on the ropes you can bet they’ll play with an added intensity. But the Bucks overcame a big deficit on the road for their third straight victory and they certainly don’t want a Game 7. With the chance to close it out on Tuesday, Giannis and Co. will rise to the occasion.
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