Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date and Time: Sunday, June 20,2021 8:30am
Venue: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks
The 2021 NBA Playoffs continue on with their match with Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant turned in a legendary performance in Game 5, putting up 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists to lead Brooklyn to a 114-108 win that gives them a 3-2 edge in the series.
The Nets are now listed as +160 in the last 2021 NBA Championship odds from William Hill Sportsbook. However, now the series heads back to Milwaukee, where the Bucks were able to win both games earlier in the series by limiting the Nets to 89.5 points per game. Kyrie Irving (ankle) remains out, while James Harden (hamstring) has been removed from the injury report after returning for their game.
With Harden making a surprising return to the lineup after missing three games with a hamstring injury, Brooklyn leaned heavily on its two available stars in Game 5 with Durant playing all 48 minutes and Harden playing 46 minutes despite feeling the lingering effects of his injury. Durant obviously dominated with his triple-double, but Harden shot 1-for-10 and managed just five points.
However, even while playing through an injury, Harden seems unlikely to shoot that poorly again and he was still a capable distributor with eight assists on the night. With Durant absolutely dominating this postseason, if the Nets can get more from Harden on Thursday night it will certainly make them more formidable offensively after being held to under 100 points in both of their previous games in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee’s offense has struggled at times, but the Bucks remain an elite defensive team. The Bucks lead the entire NBA Playoffs 2021 in defensive rating, giving up 102.1 points per 100 possessions, and that speaks for itself.
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