Race-1 of the last act of the Eastern Conference will be staged at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee at 2.30am on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
Two away wins in Game-7 produce an unexpected Eastern Conference final. The NBA was expecting a 76ers-Nets, but the suicide in Philadelphia and the injuries in Brooklyn paved the way for the brave Hawks and the Bucks, able to send a space Kevin Durant on vacation. The Bucks now become, even for the Las Vegas bookmakers, the favorites to conquer the title but to take lightly the ranks of coach McMillan, who after his promotion to head coach has changed the direction of the club, is definitely dangerous, Embiid and companions they know something.
Milwaukee: Holiday, Middleton, Tucker, G. Antetokounmpo, Lopez. Principali riserve: Forbes, Connaughton, Portis, T. Antetokounmpo, Teague. Coach: Mike Budenholzer.
Atlanta: Young, Bogdanovic, Huerter, Collins, Capela. Principal Riserve: Gallinari, Williams, Okongwu, Hill. Coach: Nate McMillan.
HOW THEY GET THERE
Milwaukee: overcoming the very difficult Nets obstacle, the Bucks are ready to definitively exorcise the ghosts of the bubble. The usual Giannis showed his muscles under the basket and the Middleton-Holiday duo in game-7 saved the season by producing an excellent fourth period after three truly disappointing quarters on an offensive level. Donte DiVincenzo will naturally be missing.
Atlanta: enthusiasm at the Hawks after the unexpected trip to the top seed number one in the East. Winning game-7 away despite Trae Young, the player able at times to load the team on his shoulders, closes with 5/23 from the Campo is a great business card for the Georgia team. Season over for De ‘Andre Hunter who would certainly have been useful for coach McMillan in the series with Milwaukee.
THE MOST EXPECTED
Milwaukee: After dominating in the painted area against the Brooklyn frontline, Antetokounmpo will have to roll up his sleeves in the Conference final. Atlanta can count on Capela and Collins who have already passed the Embiid exam, Giannis as always is the most important option for Milwaukee. The defense of Holiday will also be fundamental, who is struggling in attack and who will have the difficult task of limiting the public danger number one Young. Middleton, despite its ups and downs, remains a guarantee for coach Budenholzer.
Atlanta: Game-7 in Philadelphia is proof that Atlanta can win even when Young struggles on offense, but Trae is still the most important player on the Coca-Cola city team. The physicality of Capela will be precious in the attempt to stem Giannis, while the production from the perimeter of a Bogdanovic in less than optimal physical conditions is also important. The points from the bench of a decisive Danilo Gallinari on both sides of the field in the final of Game 7 in Philadelphia are also fundamental.
On paper, Milwaukee looks decidedly favored. Holiday can hold Young and Giannis is able to take possession of the painted area despite Capela’s physicality. Atlanta has subverted the odds against the self-injuring 76ers and will likely need a hand from Milwaukee to win the ticket to the Finals. Milwaukee 4-2.
WHEN / WHERE / PUBLIC
Race-1 will be staged at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee in front of 16,500 spectators at 2.30am on the night between Wednesday and Thursday.
June 22, 2021 (change June 22, 2021 | 11:18)
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