The Bucks outscored the Hawks 66-36 in the paint in Thursday’s Game 5 win, so you know what the objective is going to be Game 6.
Brook Lopez imposed his will in the post and on put-backs, scoring a game-high 33 points as the Bucks pretty much led from start to finish in a 123-112 win. Bobby Portis added 22 points and eight boards, while Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday each played over 41 minutes, combining for 51 points, 19 rebounds and 21 assists.
Milwaukee is one game from its first NBA Finals appearance since 1974. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led that cause. Who is leading this one?
Giannis Antetokounmpo isn’t likely to return after missing Game 5 due to a knee hyperextension. Atlanta star Trae Young is closer, nearly one full week removed from stepping on the foot of referee Sean Wright, which has left him out due to a bone bruise in his foot.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in his most productive game of a series where he’s been a game-time decision due to knee soreness. It’s pretty obvious he’s right entering Game 6, coming an outing where he hit seven 3-pointers.
Danilo Gallinari came off the bench and scored 19 points, but primary catalyst Kevin Huerter shot 3-for-12 despite his seven assists, missing five of seven 3-pointers. Getting Young back will allow everyone to return to normal roles, and I believe we’ll see Young in a winner-take-all game.
Bucks Vs. Hawks Odds At Major Sportsbooks
The Hawks are +350 at DraftKings to get out of this series, which becomes a pretty savvy bet if you’re of the belief that Young will return since it’s unlikely that Antetokounmpo will return for Milwaukee.
The betting line went from six points to nine when Young was ruled out of Game 4, but Atlanta prevailed anyway. It’s not a surprise to see them as a 1.5/2-point favorite for this contest in a do-or-die home game, so get on this early before any news on Young moves the line. The money line is -125 at Westgate and William Hill books.
Without Antetokounmpo available, Bobby Portis has been cast in a heightened role and has surpassed points and rebounds props this series after being discarded against the Nets. Huerter assists props have also been easy conquests since he’s been the primary catalyst with Young out. Keep an eye on the injury news here but this certainly looks like a series that will go seven games.
Game 7 would be Sunday in Milwaukee.