The Milwaukee Bucks will be looking to keep the momentum going tonight in Atlanta and take a 3-2 series lead. The past two games have been perfect for an injury-depleted bunch, missing Andrew Bogut a ton.
The reason: the bench has come up big in his absence. They have outscored Atlanta 119-70 off the bench in the series, and they are getting contributions on defense from several different players. For the Hawks, Jamal Crawford has been the only spark off the bench, and they lost both games he scored big.
So, are the Bucks primed to take over the series in Atlanta? The road has been a huge flaw for the team during the season, only going 18-23. However, the bench came through the first few games,and the Hawks must be getting tired with only a few players contributing.
The signs are all pointing to a Bucks first round upset, and the stats are backing up the bold statement. Usually, a team’s bench struggles on the road, but the Bucks have dominated.
Despite the great opportunity, Milwaukee still needs to win on the road, and they still need rookie Brandon Jennings to excel with little to no playoff experience. Remember, this is a better Hawks team that took the eventual NBA champion Boston Celtics to seven games two years ago.
Although some say this game is the most important, they need to realize the close out game is just as, if not more important. If the Hawks win tonight, they do not want to have to go to seven games. The Bucks really have nothing to lose right now, because Atlanta also doesn’t want to back to Milwaukee down 3-2.
The edge is with the Bucks right now, but like any game, one shot can change everything. The game is bigger for the Hawks, but the Bucks don’t want to get blown out either. It should be fun to watch the rest of the series, and regardless of the outcome, the Bucks will get valuable experience for next year, when Andrew Bogut returns.