The Milwaukee Bucks won a nail biter yesterday afternoon at the Fiserv Forum. A 103-101 victory over the Boston Celtics has given Milwaukee a 2-1 series lead. The Bucks will have an advantage tomorrow in game 4 as it is another home game. Three games in, and this series has surely lived up to the hype and expectations thus far. Let’s take a look at tomorrow’s game and what can be expected:
Tipoff: 6:30pm CT
Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
A Must-Win Game For Both Teams
The outcome of tomorrow’s game could have major implications on how the rest of the series plays out. Milwaukee could very much take a 3-1 lead going back to Boston Wednesday evening, putting the Celtics in a hole too deep to dig out of. On the other hand, Boston could win tomorrow and have the advantage coming back home. If this were to be the case, I could see the Bucks struggle to win this series. Two teams that rely on home court advantage is almost the narrative of this series.
Can Boston Win With Jayson Tatum Struggling?
Jayson Tatum has not been himself in the first three games of this series. The one person that has kept Boston going has been Jaylen Brown. Tatum has been averaging about 20 points per game, whereas Brown is netting 23 points per game. The numbers that Jayson Tatum is putting up are not bad, but more should be expected from him. The reason I say this is because I do not think Jaylen Brown’s successes the past two games cannot be continued. At some point Brown will cool off. If that’s the case and Tatum cannot generate an offense, then who will Boston turn to?
Do The Bucks Start Bobby Portis Or Grayson Allen?
In this series we have seen Mike Budenholzer go with both Bobby Portis and Grayson Allen in the starting lineup. The question becomes who gives the Bucks the past chance to win. Grayson Allen’s advantage is that he is a good shooter, who can match up very evenly with Boston. On the other hand, Portis is a 6’10” forward who can also shoot and defend better than Allen. Additionally, Portis’ height can cause issues for a smaller lineup like Boston’s. But, the argument can be made that Bobby Portis is more efficient coming off the bench. Ironically enough, it is almost a coin toss who should start tomorrow. I would give the start the to Portis. The end goal should be to make Boston extremely uncomfortable on the both ends of the floor and Portis does that just a little bench than Grayson Allen.
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