Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date and Time: Wednesday, July 7,2021 9:00am
Venue: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, AZ.
Prediction: Phoenix Suns
The 2021 NBA Finals are set, and we’ll see a champion we haven’t seen in at least 50 years. The Phoenix Suns were the first team to punch their ticket to the Finals when they eliminated the LA Clippers in six games. It’s the Suns’ first Finals appearance since 1993. Phoenix has never won an NBA title.
The Suns’ opponent will be the Milwaukee Bucks, who overcame the loss of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to a knee injury to defeat the Atlanta Hawks in six games and reach the Finals for the first time since 1974. The Bucks’ only title in franchise history came in 1971.
The Suns reached the NBA Finals for the first time since 1993 by running through the Lakers, Nuggets and Clippers. The Bucks clinched their first NBA Finals berth since 1974 after eliminating the Heat, Nets and Hawks. Phoenix and Milwaukee are positioned to be contenders in the future, but these franchises understand how rare it is to have an opportunity to win the title. If the 2021 NBA playoffs have taught us anything, it’s how quickly an unexpected injury can make championship dreams disappear.
The Giannis question makes this series extremely difficult to predict. Winning two games against the Hawks without Antetokounmpo is a much different challenge than taking down a Suns squad that has talent at every position and is led by a terrific coach in Monty Williams.
Even if Antetokounmpo does take the floor, the bet here is that Phoenix, the most consistent team throughout the NBA regular season and playoffs, will capture the Larry O’Brien trophy.