The Atlanta Hawks took a game back in front of their home crowd to tie the NBA Eastern Conference Finals 2-2 against the Milwaukee Bucks. With the series level, the game goes back to the Fiserv Forum for the fifth installment of the series. Trae Young was ruled out of Game 4 just before tip-off, but this did not stop the team from overcoming the mighty Bucks. The rest of Nate McMillan’s boys stepped up and delivered big numbers.
Meanwhile, the Bucks took a big hit when they lost the ‘Greek Freak’ to an injury early in the third quarter, allowing the Hawks to take advantage of the situation and pull away in the second half.
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Bucks vs. Hawks Game 5 Information
- When: Thursday, July 1, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: 92.9 “The Game” WZGC FM (Hawks) // WTMJ 620 AM (Bucks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks (-143) // O/U 215.0
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
Lou Williams stepped up and kept his team in the game. The 34-year-old guard channeled his inner Trae Young and recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists in 35 minutes of play. He did well to spread the court and create opportunities for his teammates.
Five other players listed down double digits in Game 4, including Bogdan Bogdanovic with 20 points to his name, Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter with 15 points each, Cam Reddish with 12 points, and Danilo Gallinari with 10 points. Furthermore, they kept the defense turned on from start to finish while retaining shooting composure. The combined effort of the starting five and the solid performance of the role players was more than enough to seal the victory.
Balance is what keeps the Hawks alive and kicking. Thanks to Nate McMillan’s incredible coaching skills and the persistence of his players, the Hawks keep their hopes of punching a ticket to the NBA Finals. As they hit the road for Game 5, we expect the No. 5 seed team to enter the court overflowing with confidence.
Why Bet on the Atlanta Hawks?
The Bucks finished Game 4 without Giannis Antetokounmpo after he landed awkwardly on a rebound play in the third quarter. This left the team in a vulnerable state and the Hawks made the most of the situation. The forward left the game with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists and left the duo Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday with more scoring and defensive responsibilities on their end.
The two combined for 35 points, while Middleton collected 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Holiday with 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Although the team outscored the Hawks in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to close the deficit that their opponents created in the second and third quarters.
With Giannis questionable in Game 5, Mike Budenholzer has to make the necessary adjustments right away. The Bucks are known for having a deeper squad of the two teams, and they are going to be put to the test come Thursday night. Ultimately, Khris Middleton is anticipated to lead the team if Giannis remains sidelined for the next game.
Bucks vs. Hawks Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- The Bucks are 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 home games.
- The totals have gone under 3 times in the Bucks’ last 5 games.
- The Hawks are 3-2 in their last 5 away games.
- The Hawks are 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone over once in the Hawks’ last 5 games.
Bucks vs. Hawks Expert Betting Prediction
Two star players remain questionable for Game 5, which means this can be anyone’s game at the moment. The Bucks might have a slight advantage thanks to home-court advantage, but we can never discount the determination of the Hawks now that they are a step closer to the finals.
Covering the spread should not be a problem for this team, and a win to take the series lead is highly possible. But if Khris Middleton produces another spectacular performance like what he did in Game 3, the Hawks might be in trouble.
We’ve seen the team cover the spread multiple times against bigger opponents, and we witnessed the No. 5 seed take down the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, telling us that anything is possible.
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