NBA Finals Match Preview -- Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5

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NBA Finals -- Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks

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NBA Finals Match Preview -- Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5


It's been a case of 'home court heroes' in the 2021 NBA Finals so far, with the Milwaukee Bucks beating the Phoenix Suns in both games at the Fiserv Forum to level the series 2-2. 


Both teams will now travel west for Game 5 on Saturday, with the Suns hoping to rally the valley as they did in the first two matchups.



NBA Finals Match Preview -- Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5


Phoenix Suns 

The Phoenix Suns won the first two games of the NBA Finals and are 8-2 on their home floor so far this postseason. In Game Four, Phoenix led most of the way but was outscored 33-21 during the fourth quarter. The Phoenix Suns shot over 50% in Game 4 and held the Milwaukee Bucks to a mere 40.2%, but still lost. They couldn't deal with the Bucks' aggression in Game 3 and were made to pay for committing costly turnovers and allowing too many second-chance possessions on Wednesday. The Suns turned the ball over 17 times and shot 51 percent from the field.



NBA Finals Match Preview -- Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5



Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have all the momentum on their side after outwitting and then outhustling the Phoenix Suns in Games 3 and 4. On Wednesday, Milwaukee rallied from a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to even the series with the home victory. Milwaukee G Khris Middleton tallied a team-high 40 points on 15-for-33 shooting and grabbed six boards. Giannis Antetokounmpo contributed 26 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists for the Bucks. The Bucks outrebounded the Suns by a 48-40 margin and turned the ball over just five times.




After four games into the 2021 NBA Finals, the time to make adjustments is over. Both teams know how the other likes to operate by now and it's just a case of working to your strengths from here onwards. The Suns had a better defensive plan against Giannis in Game Four and limited the Bucks to 40 percent shooting.  Unfortunately Booker’s foul trouble cost Phoenix in the final quarter. This time, expect the Suns to bounce back and dominate proceedings on Saturday.



Mike's Tips: Phoenix Suns -4




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