After Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks both survive the semifinals game 7 adrenaline, they will have a final showdown against each other to enter the finals
Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks – the key showdown to the NBA 2020 – 2021 Eastern Conference that nobody saw coming. Heavy favorite Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets were eliminated by both teams respectively in a nerve-wrecking full 7-game series.
What can Young and the Hawks do on offense against the best defense in the league? Does Atlanta have an answer for Giannis?
Series Deciding Factor
Unlike the Western Conference Finals on the other side of the map, Atlanta and Milwaukee are not riddled with injuries. Their star players are players of different position, Trae Young (Point Guard) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (Power Forward)
In terms of offense, Atlanta Hawks may have trouble keeping up with Milwaukee Bucks due to the difference in personnel, the Bucks have more length on the floor than 76ers, and that is something that the Hawks will have trouble with. Furthermore, the reach of Giannis can disrupt the lob threat of Trae Young and Clint Capela, which is something used constantly to haunt the 76ers.
Defense-wise, the Buck’s are ranked at #7 in the league will the Hawks are ranked at #24, Trae Young will have to go nuclear almost every game to make up for the defensive discrepancy between both teams.
|Series Duration||Atlanta Hawks Series Victor Odds||Milwaukee Bucks Series Victor Odds|
|4 Games (4 – 0)||51.00||4.70|
|5 Games (4 – 1)||27.00||3.10|
|6 Games (4 – 2)||5.10||8.75|
|7 Games (4 – 3)||4.75||8.50|
Most analysts in the NBA has Bucks predicted as the series winner.
Antetokounmpo has favorable matchups against Capela and Collins who don’t have the width and strength that Blake Griffin had to keep Antetokounmpo in front of them. If the Hawks can’t effectively build walls to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint, he should have consistent opportunities to score if he is aggressive.
Middleton will also have favorable matchups as the Hawks’ best wing defender, DeAndre Hunter, is out for the series, and the Hawks’ second-best wing defender, Reddish, is questionable after last playing in February due to an Achilles injury. Middleton should consistently get quality looks to score throughout this series, even if Reddish returns.
NBA 2020 – 2021 Finals Odds
|Los Angeles Clippers||13.00|