It started very well for the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Finals. They won the first two games of the series and looked poised to win their first championship in franchise history. However, the series has done a full 180 since those first two games. The Bucks have won three in a row and are now just one win away from their first title in 50 years. The Bucks have been the more physical and determined team over the past three games, which is a big part of the reason they’ve managed to seize control in the series.
In Game 6 on Tuesday night, the Bucks will look to build on the momentum they’ve built over the past few games and close it out to their home crowd, while the Suns will aim to return to their winning ways of earlier in the season. series. That said, here’s everything you need to know about the sixth game of the series between Milwaukee and Phoenix.
(2) Phoenix Suns vs. (3) Milwaukee Bucks
- Date: Tuesday 20 July | Time: 21:00 ET
- Place: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: ABC | Live Stream: fubo TV (Try for free)
- Opportunities: MIL-200; PHO +175 | O/U: 222 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
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Sun tanning: The Suns need to lend Devin Booker a hand. Booker has done everything he can for Phoenix, as he has scored over 40 points in each of their last two games. However, the Suns lost both games because they didn’t get enough production from the rest of the roster. In particular, the Suns need more from Chris Paul. Paul is a big part of the reason the Suns were able to advance to the finals in the first place, but he hasn’t had his best run yet. He only has 40 points in total over the past three games and he also struggled to take care of the ball over the course of the series. Jrue Holiday deserves a lot of credit for that, having been defensively dominant, but some of that still falls to Paul. The Suns will need Paul to play to the pinnacle of his powers in Game 6 if they want to extend their season and force a Game 7. He is certainly capable of it, but he has to go a step further.
money: The Bucks must follow the same formula they used in Game 5 when all three members of their star trio Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Holiday scored at least 27 points. When all three of those guys click, the Bucks become extremely hard to tip over. That, coupled with the great defense Holiday has played against Paul and sometimes Booker, has given Milwaukee an advantage. If that trio can produce at a high level again in Game 6, the series may not return to Phoenix.
The Suns have been a resilient team all season and it’s hard to imagine their season ending with four consecutive losses to the same side. In addition, Chris Paul may be better than he has been, and now that his chance of winning a title is fading, you have to believe he will come out focused and motivated. Choose: Sunning +5
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