Brooklyn Nets v Milwaukee Bucks. Kevin Durant v Giannis Antetokounmpo.
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Milwaukee Bucks @ Brooklyn Nets (Game 1) – 7:30pm EDT
The first game of the Second Round is finally here and it is none other than the Brooklyn Nets hosting the Milwaukee Bucks. This is the most highly anticipated matchup in this round of the playoffs, with both of these sides expecting nothing less than a Championship.
In their three regular season encounters the home team won each time, resulting in a Milwaukee 2-1 season series win. With that being said, the largest margin of victory across the three games was just six points, indicating how evenly matched the two sides are.
The Bucks come into this contest having not played since last Saturday, when they completed the sweep of Miami. They completely dominated that series, winning the last three games by a combined 80 points. Across the series, Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 23.5 points, 15 rebounds and 7.75 assists, Khris Middleton put up 21.5 points per night and Jrue Holiday averaged 15.25 points, 9.75 assists and 2.25 steals.
Bucks vs. Nets officially set.
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The biggest aspect of their opening round sweep was their defense, holding Miami to an average of just 98 points per night. While that is an incredible effort, Brooklyn is clearly a completely different beast and that was shown by their average of 119 points in the three games they faced the Bucks during the regular season.
Even further to that, the Nets averaged 123.4 points per game during the opening round, where they defeated the Celtics 4-1. After a sluggish game one, scoring just 104 points, the Nets came alive with a hot shooting game two, scoring 130 points, and a massive game four, scoring a franchise playoff record 141. In that series defining game four win, Brooklyn’s Big Three combined for 104 points, showing how good they are.
Kevin Durant thrived on offense, averaging 32.6 points in the series, while shooting 54.6% from the field and connecting on 2.8 triples per game. The Nets’ other former MVP, James Harden, was the main facilitator throughout the series, averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 assists and 3.8 threes per night. The final member of their incredible trio Kyrie Irving is not to be forgotten, averaging 24.8 points per game including a 39 point showing in game four.
Both the Heat and Celtics were clearly no match for the Bucks and Nets respectively, but these sides actually match up extremely well against each other. Holiday’s defensive edge that he has brought to the Bucks has lifted them to a new level of play that has allowed both Antetokounmpo and Middleton to thrive. That defensive edge will be needed against all three of Irving, Harden and Durant, with us expecting him to guard the Nets’ trio, potentially in that order.
However, as stated at the top of the preview, each team took care of business at home when they played, and given Brooklyn finished the second seed in the East and gets home court advantage in this series, that gives them the edge. Milwaukee went winless during the regular season when playing as underdogs on the road and given that is their status heading into game one in Brooklyn, we don’t see that stat changing now.
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*Odds and spreads correct at time of publication, courtesy of FanDuel.
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