The Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to reach the NBA Finals with a win in Game 6 against the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee won Game 5 without star Giannis Antetokounmpo and will be without him again in Game 6. The Hawks hope star guard Trae Young will suit up Saturday night after missing the last two contests with a bone bruise.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Saturday’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (MIL-ATL).
Which team will cover the spread? Bucks +2.5 or Hawks -2.5
The Hawks are fighting to keep their season alive and will have the backing of the home crowd. Milwaukee played well in Game 5, but don’t expect Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis to dominate like they did again. If Young comes back, the Hawks are the better pick here.
Total points scored? Over/Under 216.5
Three games have gone under and two games went over, but Game 2 hit 216 points exactly. Game 5 went over despite Young and Antetokounpo sitting out. Expect Game 6 to be a high-scoring contest and take the over here.
Which team will reach 15 points first in the 1st Quarter? Bucks, Hawks or Neither
The Bucks started strong in Game 5, but expect the desperate Hawks to come out firing in Game 6. Atlanta is the pick here.
Which team will make more 3-pointers? Bucks or Hawks
The Hawks shot better from deep in Game 5. The Bucks are matching Atlanta’s volume for much of the series but the home team will keep firing, especially if Young returns. Take Atlanta here.
Will both Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday score 25 or more points?
With Antetokounmpo out again, this is going to be close. Middleton appears to have found his groove after Game 5 and Holiday has shown he can have success scoring against Atlanta. With Lopez and Portis expected to drop off a little bit, these two guards will be tasked with scoring a majority of Milwaukee’s points. They should both hit 25 points in this game.
Which player will have more points and rebounds? Brook Lopez or John Collins
Lopez broke out in Game 5, but Collins is the more consistent performer. He’s averaging 14.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game despite putting up only four points and seven boards in Game 4. Lopez is averaging 14.6 points and 3.6 rebounds even after going for 33 in Game 5. Take Atlanta’s big man here.
Total points, rebounds and assists for Khris Middleton? Over/Under 43.5
Middleton is averaging 22.0 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in the series, good for 37.2 points, rebounds and assists on average. In Game 5, he combined for 47 points, rebounds and assists. If Antetokounmpo misses Game 6, Middleton should keep filling up the stat sheet.
Which team will win the 4th Quarter? Bucks or Hawks
The Bucks have not been great finishers in the postseason, but the Hawks haven’t been sharp in this series either. Both teams have won the fourth quarter twice after tying in the final period in Game 1. Take the Hawks here as the home squad looking to keep their season alive.
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