Two blowouts in the first round of the NBA playoffs have set up a highly anticipated offense vs. defense series in the Conference Semis, where the Brooklyn Nets will face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first decided fixture of the next round.
The Nets eased their way to victory over the Celtics with an incredible offensive display, with the Big Three of James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who have managed to stave off injury for the postseason and are raring for a title challenge. The Nets are the overwhelming favourites for the title this year, on the back of their strong showings so far as well as their star power and the unique hunger that seems to be driving Brooklyn’s players to set offensive records every second. Their strategy – score more points than the other team – is very simple but very effective when their point-scorers are generational talents.
On the other hand, the Bucks have faced their season’s successes solidly on the base of their defence, led by the incredible Giannis Antetokounmpo. This is just as well, because the Bucks do not have an easy path to the final, despite being third-seeded. Having bravely chosen to face the Miami Heat in the first round instead of tanking, the Bucks will now face the title favourites with no small amount of confidence. Having dispelled last year’s ghosts by systematically destroying Miami in four games, the Bucks go into their Nets series with stellar momentum and players who have proven themselves capable of completely silencing the likes of Durant and Harden.
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Tactically, the series presents a very interesting matchup. The Bucks have fashioned themselves in a way glaringly opposite to the Nets, focusing not just on defense but also on consistency and flexibility – Their star three of Giannis, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday don’t match up to the Nets’ Big Three, but they’ve played with each other for far longer and have a much better understanding. It seems that the initiative lies directly with the Bucks – can Middleton really square off against Kylie Irving and walk away without looking like a fool? Can Giannis keep doing what he does, even on the biggest of stages? And most importantly, what happens when a ruthless scoring machine meets a team that seems perfectly designed to blanket them at every turn?
The Bucks will fancy themselves against the Nets, given that they’re a popular betting choice for the title as well. As a consequence, the series will see one of this year’s title favorites eliminated regardless of the outcome, and with the Lakers seemingly having lost their mojo, Nets vs Bucks could end up the decisive series of the playoffs.