The Brooklyn Nets have looked unstoppable... surprise, surprise. Even without James Harden, Brooklyn has dominated their matchup with Milwaukee. I thought the Milwaukee Bucks would be the perfect team to contend with the Nets, and it’s looking like I missed the mark greatly.
As the series shifts to Milwaukee, I still think -- or at least hope -- the Bucks can make this a series. There’s a lot that needs to happen if they are going to win four out of five games, though. The comeback starts tonight, so here are my three bold predictions for Game 3.
The Nets will have an off day shooting
As preposterous as it sounds, I don’t believe the Nets will be firing on all cylinders tonight. Brooklyn is shooting 50/40/90… as a team.
These percentages seem highly unsustainable even though Brooklyn has played seven games in these playoffs. Kevin Durant is going to get his. He’s scoring effortlessly and looking like he is finally taking the crown for best player in the world.
However, the other Nets are a different story. Blake Griffin looked rejuvenated in Game 2, but his dunkfest seemed more of a one-night-only throwback performance. The Bucks are desperate and have their home crowd behind them. If they don’t get this game, the series is over.
The main way I see them having a chance is simple: the ball doesn’t go in the basket for Brooklyn.
Giannis will be DOMINANT
During the regular season, Brooklyn had no answer for Giannis. He nearly had 50 points against the Nets in their second to last meeting and then followed that up with a 36-point game.
If the Bucks are going to get this series under control, Antetokounmpo will have to play like a two-time MVP. Right now WynnBET has his point total set to 32.5 with the odds on the over (-115) favoring the under (-105). Antetokounmpo is set to have a big game and the Bucks need his absolute best tonight.
Bucks pick up the win
Game 3 is an absolute must win for the Bucks. Being down 3-0 to one of the greatest offensive teams ever assembled is not a situation you want to be in.
Brooklyn will still be without Harden, and Milwaukee needs to take advantage of that. WynnBET currently has the Bucks as the favorites 3.5-point favorites. While Game 2 was deplorable, it shouldn’t get worse than losing by 39 points.
The Bucks will have their fans behind them and the comfort of playing in their own gym. I believe the Bucks will win tonight because if they don’t, their season is finished.