NBA Playoffs 2021: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks series preview
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Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks have progressed to the Conference Finals on the back of stunning Game 7 wins on the road.

Milwaukee Bucks moved a step ahead in the championship after humbling the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7. They won the series 4-3 and the final game 115-111.

Whereas, the No. 5 seed Hawks downed the Philadelphia 76ers 103-96 in a thrilling Game 7 to head a 4-3 lead. This is the first time the Hawks have advanced into the Conference Finals since 2015.

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As for the Bucks, they will return to the big stage after the last Conference Finals appearance in 2019, where they lost a 2-0 lead to the Toronto Raptors.

The big question is that whether Giannis Antetokounmpo will rise high enough to take his team or home or the young sensation in Trae Young will propel the Hawks to a fairytale run.

The 22-year-old has been phenomenal since the postseason. He has led the Hawks from the front to the Conference Finals in his first playoff campaign.

When it comes to his performance against New York Knicks and 76ers, he was equally sublime in both round as he averages 10.1 points, 10.4 assists and 1.3 steals.

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He had a bad outing in three quarters in Game 7 against the Sixers, but then he bounced back brilliantly to score 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

When is Milwaukee Bucks vs Atlanta Hawks?

Game 1 – Wednesday, June 23 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 2 – Friday, June 25 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 3 – Sunday, June 27 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 4 – Tuesday, June 29 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 5 (if necessary) – Thursday, July 1 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 6 (if necessary) – Saturday, July 3 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Game 7 (if necessary) – Monday, July 5 – 8:30 p.m. ET

Probable big performers

Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Bucks have fallen short of a few stops to glory in the last two years, but are now emerging as strong contenders to win it in 2021.

This is the perfect opportunity for in-form Greek Freak to wear a championship ring by continuing to put on sublime performances like he has been this year.

This is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s best chance to progress to his first NBA Finals.

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The star performer had a slow start to the series, but he was at his A-game against the Brooklyn Nets. He went toe-to-toe against Kevin Durrant as he registered a staggering 40 points and 13 rebounds in Game 7 to seal the deal for the Bucks.

Bogdan Bogdanovic

Bogdon Bogdanovic has been a great signing for the Atalanta Hawks. It is crazy to think that he was so close to becoming part of the Milwaukee Bucks until a deal fell through.

The Serbian sharpshooter shows the great floor-spacing ability that is a crucial part of the Hawks’ offence. The 28-year-old helps open up space for Young to attack the paint.

Bogdanovic has an average of 13.8 points and 5.0 rebounds on 30.4% in 12 playoff games. His average booms to 19 points if we speak about the first four games against the 76ers he averaged 19 points. Then a knee issue caused him trouble in later games.

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