NBA Finals Match Preview -- Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 3

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NBA Finals -- Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns 

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NBA Finals Match Preview -- Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 3


The desperate Milwaukee Bucks will be hoping to find a way back in the 2021 NBA Finals when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Western Conference champs have enjoyed a significant edge thus far and enter this matchup with a 2-0 lead. 



NBA Finals Match Preview -- Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 3


Milwaukee Bucks 

The Milwaukee Bucks have split their first ten road games this postseason and are looking to win their first title since the 1970-1971 season. It continues to be a largely one-man show for the Milwaukee Bucks, with Giannis Antetokounmpo finding little help from his teammates. At the same time, there were several positives for head coach Mike Budenholzer to draw from Game 2. The Milwaukee Bucks dominated the Phoenix Suns inside the paint, outscoring them 54-28 from close range. They even had 23 second-chance points as compared to Phoenix's 19. The Bucks did their best to contest the Suns players on the perimeter, but luck wasn't on their side. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 20 points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort for the Bucks.




NBA Finals Match Preview -- Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Game 3


Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns have won seven of their first nine home games this postseason and are in search of their first NBA title in franchise history. The Phoenix Suns did not exert the same dominance from mid-range in Game 2 as they did in the series opener against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Suns scored 20 three-pointers, becoming only the third team to do so in an NBA Finals game. On Tuesday, Phoenix built an eight-point halftime lead and outscored the Bucks by eight points during the decisive third quarter. The Suns converted 25 of their 26 free-throw attempts and shot 47 percent from the field.



The Phoenix Suns have been the comfortably better side in the first two games of the series but the Milwaukee Bucks have had their moments as well. If the Bucks' three stars can perform collectively, they'll have a good chance of striking back. These are the top two teams in defensive efficiency in the playoffs, so expect the Bucks to be more locked in on defense.



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