Stephen Nover's NBA Bookie Basher - 16-8 NBA Hot Streak
(NBA) Phoenix vs. Milwaukee, 07/20/2021 9:00 PM, Score: 98 - 105
Point Spread: -5.00 | -104.00 Milwaukee (Home)
Result: Win
Losing the first two games of this championship series, the Bucks have rallied to win three in a row. The Bucks beat the Suns by 20 points at home in Game 3. They defeated the Suns by six points at home in Game 4 despite being outshot 51 percent to 40 percent from the floor and they knocked off the Suns in Game 5 on the road by four points despite trailing by 16 points going into the second quarter.

Clearly, the Bucks have all the momentum.

But it's not just momentum. Giannis Antetokounmpo is proving he's the finest all-around player in the NBA. The Bucks are exploiting their height advantage and depth. And now the Bucks play at Fiserv Forum in what is arguably their biggest home game in franchise history.

The Suns had their chance to go up 3-2 in the series leading 32-16 at home at the end of the first quarter in Game 5. The Bucks took the punch and came back to win. Milwaukee is making the clutch plays not Phoenix.

Lack of big-game playoff experience may have hurt the Suns. Devin Booker is playing great again, though. Chris Paul played much better in Game 5. But it didn't matter. The Suns can't match the Bucks' size, bench strength and Antetokounmpo's all-world performances.

Getting this deep into the series isn't a plus either for Phoenix. This is the longest the Suns have ever lasted. They have never faced elimination before. So there is a mental question. There also is a physical concern - fatigue. Deandre Ayton went a career-high 45 minutes in Game 5. The Suns take a massive hit when Ayton, their lone effective big man, isn't on the court. Booker logged close to 42 minutes. Jae Crowder played 40 minutes. Paul is 36 years old. The Bucks are the fresher team because of their deeper bench.

Perhaps the Suns can hang in on sheer willpower for a while, but their gas tank is near empty. This is the Bucks' chance. I don't see them blowing it. Antetokounmpo won't let that happen.