Bucks vs. Suns – who will win?

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 10: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns handle the ball against Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of the NBA game at Phoenix Suns Arena on February 10, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Bucks 125-124. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Last night, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks with a score of 118-107 and advanced to the NBA Finals. In the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, two players stepped up: Khris Middleton (32 points, seven assists, four rebounds, three steals) and Jrue Holiday (27 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, four steals, two blocks).

In their first final since 1974, the Bucks will meet the surprise of the season – the Phoenix Suns. The team led by Monty Williams eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and has the chance to win its first championship ever.

So, who will win?

This is a difficult conversation because we don’t know the state of Antetokounmpo. He injured his knee in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals and didn’t play the last two games of the series. Even if Giannis plays, the injury will still affect him and his game.

Therefore, I would say that the Suns have the advantage of being healthy. Chris Paul regained his form in the last game of the Western Conference Finals, while Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton have played amazing.

However, this time, the opponents have some tough defenders. Holiday and Middleton can defend Paul and Booker, while PJ Tucker can deal with Ayton. In addition, the Bucks have more experience and have played longer together.

So, it’s difficult to name a clear favorite. My advice would be to sit, grab a beer or lemonade, and enjoy the finals.

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