The NBA season is nearing its conclusion on Tuesday night. The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks will meet up in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on July 20. These two teams will look for a huge win in this one as they try to win basketball’s ultimate trophy. I expect an exciting tilt as Milwaukee looks to clinch the Larry O’Brien Trophy on home court. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.
Phoenix has earned a record of 14-7 throughout this postseason after entering as the second seed in the Western Conference. The Suns have knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers to reach the finals. Now Phoenix finds themselves down 3-2 in the series. The Suns will look to force a Game 7 at home with a win in this one.
The Bucks have put up a record of 15-7 so far this playoff run as the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee eliminated the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks to clinch the Eastern Conference this season. The Bucks have a chance to win the NBA Finals on Tuesday night. Milwaukee will look to come out hot as they try to get the crowd into it.
These two teams have put together great postseason runs, but it could come to an end on Tuesday night. Milwaukee has momentum entering this one after winning their last three games. The Suns will look to bounce back though after losing a pivotal Game 5. If either team can control the pace early, it could be enough for the win.
The Suns hosted the first two games of this series on July 6 and 8. Chris Paul dropped 32 points and 9 assists in the first game. Devin Booker added 27 points as Phoenix was able to grab a 118-105 win. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 42 points and 12 rebounds in the second game, but it was not enough for Milwaukee. Booker scored 31 points, while Mikal Bridges added 27 points in the Suns 118-108 win.
Milwaukee hosted the next two games of the series on July 11 and 14. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 41 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3. Jrue Holiday added 21 points and 9 assists as the Bucks won 120-100. Devin Booker dropped 42 points in Game 4, but it was not enough. Khris Middleton scored 40 points and Antetokounmpo added 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Milwaukee to a 109-103 win.
Game 5 of this series shifted back to Phoenix on July 17. Devin Booker dropped 40 points and Chris Paul added 21 points and 11 assists. It was once again not enough for the Suns though. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Khris Middleton scored 29 points, while Jrue Holiday put up 27 points and 13 assists. The Bucks were able to pull away with a 123-119 win.
These two teams have met in a great series so far, but the Bucks are coming into this one hot off three straight wins. The Bucks will look to carry that momentum over into this one early. Phoenix will look to jump out to another early lead though. If the Suns can play better with a lead in this one, it could help them tie this series back up.
Field Goal Shooting
Phoenix has been strong shooting the ball throughout this postseason. The Suns have shot 48.3 percent from the field so far these playoffs. Phoenix has also made around 38.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc. The Suns have drained 86.2 percent of their shots from the charity stripe during the postseason. Phoenix will look to gain an advantage shooting the ball early in this one.
The Bucks have been solid shooting the ball so far in the playoffs. Milwaukee has been able to make 46.2 percent of their shots from the field. The Bucks have also been shooting 32.4 percent from deep this postseason. Milwaukee has sunk 70.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line. The Bucks will look to step up shooting the ball in this one.
The Suns have the edge shooting the ball throughout this postseason. Phoenix has struggled against the Milwaukee’s defense a bit in this series though. The Bucks will look to shut down the Suns offense once again in this one. Phoenix will look to shoot well from the field and get to the free throw line. If the Suns can shoot really well from the field, it could be enough for the win.
Devin Booker has been the leader for the Suns throughout this postseason. Booker is averaging 27.5 points per game. Chris Paul has averaged 19 points and 8.5 assists per game. Deandre Ayton is averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Mikal Bridges has averaged 11.5 points per game. Jae Crowder rounds out the lineup averaging 10.5 points.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton have been great for Milwaukee throughout this run. Antetokounmpo has averaged 29 points and 13 rebounds per game. Middleton is averaging 24 points per game. Jrue Holiday has averaged 17.5 points and 8.5 assists, while Brook Lopez is averaging 13 points to round out this lineup.
These two teams have had well rounded starting lineups throughout this postseason. Booker and Paul have played great as of late, but they will need some depth players to step up with them. The Suns also need to slow down Antetokounmpo and Middleton in this one. If these two players continue to go off in Game 6, it could finish off this series.
The Suns have their backs against the wall in this series and will look to avoid elimination with a win on the road. Phoenix is coming off a tough loss at home in Game 5 and I expect them to come out quick in this one. The Suns have been better shooting the ball this series and if Booker and Paul can step up, I think Phoenix can put themselves in a position to force Game 7.
BetOnline has Milwaukee listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Bucks at home to close out this series. I think Milwaukee has a good chance to win this series at home, but five points is a lot to cover in a series clinching game. Phoenix will look to push the pace in this one as they try to stay alive. I am taking the Suns with the points on Tuesday night.