Last updated on November 15th, 2021
This year’s NBA Finals series will be a hotly contested one, as the Phoenix Suns do battle with the Milwaukee Bucks.
With the Suns making their first finals appearance in nearly 20 years and the Bucks their first in around 50 years, both teams are desperate to become champions.
Heading into the seven game series, the bookies had the Suns as slight favourites ($1.59) ahead of the Bucks ($2.45). But after two games, the script has been flipped considerably following the Suns storming to an impressive two game lead. The odds have shifted significantly as a result, with the Bucks easing out to $4.75 and the Suns shortening to $1.20.
Looking very impressive in the opening clashes, the Suns, who are led by their star veteran Chris Paul and young sharp shooter Devin Booker, will be hard to beat from here. Shooting exceptionally, Game Two offered a testament to their quality in this regard, for they made 20 from downtown from 40 attempted three pointers, giving them a 33 point edge over the Bucks in this department.
“We got shooters,” Paul said. “Like, real shooters. And I say this all the time, it’s nice when you kick it out to a guy and you expect him to make it.”
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With Booker their most damaging shooter, the fact he’s so well backed up by Paul, Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder adds to their threat and how challenging they are to defend. Being so elite with their shooting importantly masked some other aspects of their performance, thus further enhancing what an integral component of their game it is.
Even though the Bucks have made a disappointing start, it’s still too early to write them off, for they still have a team littered with class, which includes superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Indeed, The Greek Freak emphatically demonstrated what a formidable weapon he is in Game 2 by notching an incredible 40 points and 10 rebounds (the only player to hit those two marks in Bucks history in the playoffs). Unfortunately his spectacular efforts went unrewarded, which would have been a source of frustration for him.
If the Bucks are to produce a comeback, though, their other big names like Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday will need to step up and produce the goods to support Giannis too.
“I think defensively, I think there’s some progress and improvement,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We’ve just got to keep working that end, and same thing offensively. We’ve just got to get better, and we’ve got to go home and play good basketball.”
With everything still to play for, the Bucks will need to win Game 3 if they’re to have any chance of glory while the Suns will be hoping to extend their lead further.
In less than a week, all will be revealed in the race to be crowned NBA Champion.
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