Bucks at kings
The blockbuster showdown of the Bucks, the East’s 1 seed, versus the Kings, the West’s 2 seed, takes place tonight, past my bedtime, unfortunately. Each team crucially needs a win to cement their position in the standings with the hopes of seeing a favorable matchup come playoffs. For this reason, I waited as long as possible to see the health status of Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antakonumponto. He’s been cleared to play as of 9 PM EDT which fully allows me to take the side I wanted all along.
It’s hard for me to fade the Bucks when they are the NBA’s best and hottest team, going 8-2 in their last 10 games and 21-3 in their last 24. The Bucks only losses in this span were a 3-point loss to a contender in the 76ers, and away losses to the Cavs and Warriors with an inactive Giannis. The Bucks are a deep team that plays hard for all 4 quarters. When their offense is unstoppable and defense is unbreakable, things can get out of hand quickly, even against the best teams. I don’t think the Kings inconsistent bench matches up well with a Bucks bench that is filled with solid role-players.
The books favored the Bucks by 3 points despite Giannis’ being listed as a game-time decision. This goes to show how valued the Bucks roster is even without the 2021 NBA Finals MVP. The public quickly began to back Milwaukee when it was announced that Giannis was a go, rightfully so. Now the main man looks to continue to bolster his MVP bid which we all saw he’s so desperately after when he tossed himself a rebound in the final seconds against the Wizards last week. I don’t expect The Greek Freak to miss a beat and the Bucks should click with his renewed presence.
Pick: Bucks -3.5 (-115)