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Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks Predictions & Tips - Hawks Can Cover Against Giannis-Less Bucks

  • Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks predictions for Thursday
  • Bucks-Hawks to tip-off at 01:30 BST (Friday) at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
  • The series is tied at 2-2
  • Hawks tipped to cover if Giannis sits out
  • Preview, predictions, stats & team news
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Leigh Copson 01 Jul 2021
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Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks Predictions & Tips


Atlanta can cover in Milwaukee for the second time in this series.

The Hawks could have Trae Young back for Game 5, but even if he is out they appear to have the depth to cover.

Milwaukee, on the other hand, have real problems if Giannis Antetokounmpo misses the game.

Keep an eye on the injury report and if Giannis is out, Atlanta could take this matchup.

  • Atlanta Hawks are 1-1 in Milwaukee in this series
  • Atlanta Hawks blew out Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 despite Trae Young absence
  • Atlanta Hawks are 6-3 on the road in this season’s playoffs
  • Milwaukee Bucks could be without Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee)
  • Milwaukee Bucks are just 6-5 without Giannis Antetokounmpo this season
  • Milwaukee Bucks are 0-2 against teams that made the playoffs without Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • The last 3 meetings have produced -219.5 total points

Head To Head


  • Milwaukee Bucks leads the all-time series 127-125
  • The all-time playoff series is tied at 13-13

Atlanta Hawks Form & Team News


Atlanta’s postseason run has been mightily impressive with a 4-1 victory over New York and 4-3 win against Philadelphia setting up this Eastern Conference Final tie.

They made an outstanding start to this series with Milwaukee as Trae Young lit up the Bucks in a dazzling display that saw him put up 48 points and notch 11 assists.

He got plenty of support in the paint as Clint Capela and John Collins combined for 34 assists, and all of this resulted in an impressive 116-113 win.

Young’s 35-point showing in Game 2 proving to be in vain as the Hawks were beaten 113-102, and he then suffered an ankle injury in Game 3 that effectively made him a non-factor

Nobody else could pick up the slack for Atlanta as they fell to a 113-102 defeat, but that was not the case in Game 4 as they blew out Milwaukee 110-88.

Lou Williams put up 21 points to fill the void left by Young’s absence, and he was one of six players to hit double digits for points in an all-round team performance.

Young will be a gametime decision for Game 5 on Thursday night, but the Hawks will definitely be without De’Andre Hunter (knee) and Brandon Goodwin (illness).

Milwaukee Bucks Form & Team News


Milwaukee swept Miami in round one and then beat a loaded Brooklyn team in an epic 7-game series.

They did not make the best of starts to the Eastern Conference Finals, losing 116-113 in Game 1 against Atlanta, but they rebounded impressively.

Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 25 points and Jrue Holiday chipped in with 22 as a real team effort saw them shut down Trae Young and romp to a 125-91 win in Game 2.

Giannis topped those numbers in Game 3 as he notched 33 points and 11 rebounds. Khris Middleton exploded into life with 38 points and 11 rebounds of his own, and that resulted in a 113-102 win.

Game 4 did not go according to plan though, as Giannis left the game with injury and Middleton failed to get anywhere nears his Game 3 numbers. The Bucks lost 110-88.

The extent of Gianni’s knee injury is not yet known and that puts a huge question mark over his status for Game 5. Donte DiVincenzo (foot) is sidelined.

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Verdict

The status of Giannis is huge when it comes to the outcome of this game. Without him, Milwaukee are in trouble.

If ‘The Greek Freak’ sits out Game 5 we could see Atlanta win at the Forum for the second time in three visits.

Best Bet: Atlanta +4.5 Spread @-116.28 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Value Bet: Atlanta +4.5 & -219.5 Spread & Total Points @164.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units

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