The NBA playoff series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks will go down to the wire after the Bucks won game six of the series 104-89, to tie things up at 3-3.
Both teams have won all their matches on their home venues, which seems to give the Nets the edge as they will play the deciding fixture at their home, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
With a place in the NBA Western Conference Playoff Final up for grabs against either the Atlanta Hawks or the Philadelphia 76ers, it promises to be a hugely exciting and dramatic game, if the last few games between the teams are anything to go by.
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BetRivers PA latest odds suggest that the tie could not be tighter, with the Nets the very slight moneyline market favourites at -114, with the Bucks -106 to claim the win.
Bucks Tie The Series With Win In Milwaukee
Trailing 3-2, the Bucks knew that they needed to win their home game against the Nets to take the tie to the seventh game. They got off to another fast start, outscoring the Nets by 7 points in the first quarter and extending that lead to 11 by the end of the second.
Giannis (30 PTS, 17 REB) & Middleton (38 PTS, 10 REB) help the Bucks hold off the Nets 💪
Game 7 Saturday at 8:30pm ET on TNT pic.twitter.com/uBpRAuaeFs
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 18, 2021
Unlike the last game however, when the Nets surged back in the second half after the Bucks opened up a lead, the Bucks maintained that lead in the third quarter and then secured a comfortable win by outscoring the Nets by four points in the fourth.
Kevin Durant top scored once again for the Nets, scoring 32 points, with 11 rebounds and 3 assists. James Harden was a little brighter but is still clearly not 100% fit, scoring 16 points with 7 assists and 5 rebounds.
For the Bucks it was the trio of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday once again that led them to victory with the trio combining for all the Bucks points bar 15, as well as 13 asssts and 35 rebounds.
The Big Questions About Game 7
So who is going to win this showdown between two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference this season?
The first big question to consider here is just who will be fit enough for the Brooklyn Nets. Kevin Durant and James Harden both played 40 minutes in this game and both did look fatigued. Were they saving themselves for game 7 or are the injury-hit Nets once again running on empty?
Similarly, can the explosive Bucks team find their best form in Brooklyn and this time maintain it, rather than freezing in the second half and allowing the Nets to earn the victory? Had they been able to do that in game 5 with a comfortable lead at one point, this series would already be over in their favor.
This is a series that has ebbed and flowed. It hasn’t been a classic in terms of play (although Kevin Durant’s performance in Game 5 was special) but it has been hugely exciting and dramatic, often for the wrong reasons, just as much as the right.
Home advantage has been pivotal throughout the series, which does appear to give the Nets the slight edge, but in Game Seven, anything can happen.
And in this series, that has very much been the case.
I’m with BetRivers here, this game is too close to call and it may even take overtime, or a dramatic buzzer beater to split the teams.
The final game takes place on Saturday evening and you would be mad to miss it.