It starts tonight and, let’s be honest for five minutes, no one had bet a kopeck on that poster in the Eastern Conference Final. We still see all the screens that sell us a Nets-Sixers for a place in the NBA Finals but no, it is the Hawks and the Bucks who have won this honor and who will give it for four, five, six or even seven games. from now on. Some have just released the favorites Nets, others have sent the leader of the East on vacation, all will make us dream, we can not wait.
Hostilities begin at 2:30 a.m. in Wisconsin. In the right corner, the long-haired favorite with teeth like never before. Revenge against the Heat? Digested in four dry sleeves and almost without sweating. The Nets favorite? Eliminated after a hard fight and a Game 7 that will be remembered for a while. Enough to ensure the favors of the predictions for this Conference Final but the status, the Hawks are bothered. Announced losers in the first and second rounds, Trae Young’s friends defied the advice of experts to go and hit the Knicks with authority and then the Sixers despite the home advantage. Here they are now four wins from a possible NBA Final, a phrase so unlikely a few weeks ago, but we’ll have to get rid of another big chunk with Milwaukee.
With all due respect for the Sixers, the Bucks still seem a tone above before attacking this Eastern final. A Giannis Antetokounmpo in Greek god mode, Khris Middleton who perfectly lived up to expectations while Jrue Holiday and PJ Tucker contributed greatly, each in their own way. Offensively, the potential is still great and get ready to see them frolic and duck all over the place with a Freak who devours the spaces to destroy the circle at the slightest opportunity. Defensively, they have also proven that they can tighten the screws and they will have something to meet the challenge of the Hawks on this end of the field. Jrue les Vacances is expected to personally take care of a certain receding hairline. and the production of lieutenants promises to be particularly important in this series. Logical advantage to the Bucks but better not to slow down too much.
Don’t fall asleep on your laurels because the Hawks are playing without pressure and whatever happens is just a bonus for them. They had to make the Playoffs, mission accomplished. Not at all impressed by the spring games, the young Falcons impressed with their calm and mastery. A truth all the more impressive if we think about the fact that four of their holders had never played a Playoffs match. ! It doesn’t matter to them. Trae Young has played like a superstar, Capela is still going strong in the racket, John Collins and Bogdan Bogdanovic have responded as Nate McMillan can always count on a spark coming from Danilo Gallinari, Kevin Huerter and even sometimes the aging Lou Williams. The role of the outsider? Perfect for Georgia players and don’t tell them they don’t have home advantage. They have already won five of the seven away games since the start of the Playoffs. The proof that a surprise can happen very quickly in this series? Everything is possible.
This is what we could say about this Budenholzerico. The Bucks guru is reuniting with his ex this evening and it will not be necessary to make any feelings to finally win this much desired NBA final in Wisconsin. On the Atlanta side, we start dreaming big and the last time they reached this stage of the competition was in 2015, under the orders of a certain… Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks have been waiting to see the finals since 1974 and the Hawks since… 1961. As much to say to you that it is a moment of history which will be played out before our eyes. Let’s go!
- Game 1: Bucks – Hawks, on the night of Wednesday, June 23 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 2: Bucks – Hawks, on the night of Friday June 25 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 3: Hawks – Bucks, on the night of Sunday June 27 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 4: Hawks – Bucks, on the night of Tuesday, June 29 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 5 *: Bucks – Hawks, on the night of Thursday, July 1 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 6 *: Hawks – Bucks, on the night of Saturday, July 3 at 2:30 a.m.
- Game 7 *: Bucks – Hawks, on the night of Monday, July 5 at 2:30 a.m.