The top-seeded Bucks had easily disposed of the Detroit
Pistons in the first round in a four-game sweep. The team began growing in
confidence as their promotional giveaway read: “Built to stay.” Likewise, in
round 2, they made a remarkable comeback from their Game 1 loss to win four
straight games and knock off the Boston Celtics. “Built to advance” was the
word in the air as they conquered the second round.
The Bucks have been the best and most consistently dominant
team in this NBA season, even getting one of the best odds
to win the NBA titles—with bet365 online
sports betting making it easy to cash in on these odds.
Milwauckee has’t just scaled through every test they’ve
faced this season, they’ve completely aced them all. However, at this stage of
the season, it is uncharted territory for them, and they would need to tread with
In the Western Conference Finals, the Portland Trail
Blazers, will face the reigning champions Golden State Warriors and just like
the Bucks, they are hoping to accomplish as very difficult achievement in the
NBA, something only a handful of teams have been able to achieve.
However, the Milwaukee Bucks have shown time and time again
that they are no fluke, leading the NBA in point differential during the
regular season (+727). They are also doing same in the playoffs (+138) and with
a +47 point more than what the Raptors—who rank second—achieved.
The Bucks are the league’s second-ranked offensive team in
the postseason and have the best defence—a form they carried over from the
regular season. However, with the statistics seemingly in their favour, are
they really ready for what is coming?
Their opponents, the Toronto Raptors, have regular starters
who come into this series with 10 career Conference Finals appearances between
them. Of these 10 appearances, 8 of them belong to NBA champions Danny Green
and KawhiLeonard. They have each won as many playoff series as the combined
total of the entire Bucks starting lineup (13). The Toronto’s starters have won
43 playoff series combined.
One major perceived advantage the Raptors has over Milwaukee
would be their vast experience in this stage of the competition. While a lot is
still left to be seen considering the number of games still to be played in
this series but experience always comes to play in making a difference during
this time of the year.
Getting into tthe Eastern Conference finals, Raptors
came-off an emotionally charged Game 7 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the
Raptors may not have much time to shift their focus to their toughest test yet,
the Bucks. But, they can at least count on the experience and skills of their
main man to get them over the finishing line.
Kawhi Leonard had aced the biggest shot in the franchise’s
24-year existence, he made NBA history by becoming the first player to ever hit
a game-winning buzzer beater in Game 7.
“That’s why you’ve got to stay even-keeled in this league,”
the Raptors’ superstar forward said in a report.
“Don’t get too low or too high till it’s all done. That’s what I try to pride
myself on, just staying level-headed going into the next game.”
Leonard’s experience will be invaluable to the Raptors in
they hope to make it to a Game 7.
“[It] Probably [comes] from past experiences of playing basketball,
being in these situations before and just learning from it,” the 27-year-old
said. “I was fortunate enough to play for winning teams when I got into the
NBA. Just being in my rookie year and playing in the semi-finals and going from
there, year after year, I feel like it helped.”
The battle between Leonard and Antetokounmpo has been
“He’s [Antetokounmpo] an overpowering type player, with his
size, now his strength, his speed, and then his array of kind of moving up the
floor,” said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.
“So, the challenge is you've gotta try to slow him down in
transition, which is more than a one-person job. It's probably a five-person
job. The guys that are out there, they have to build walls and build ’em early
so the freight train doesn’t get going too fast.”
With their length and physicality, the Bucks are elite
defensively—attributes that might make the Raptors look like the underdogs
coming in this series. However, Nurse still insists that they are the more
experienced team and are not fazed by the seemingly intimidating outlook of the
“I think we're a good road team, we're a good team,” said Nurse. “The stakes are high, they've been high. It hasn't really dawned on me that we don't have home court or any of that kind of stuff. I'm just really focused in on trying to get our mindset right to when that thing goes up night that we're ready to go.”
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