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16 Jul 2021
Leigh Copson 16 Jul 2021
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  • Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns predictions & tips for Saturday
  • Bucks-Suns to tip-off at 02:00 BST (Sunday) in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Milwaukee won back-to-back home games to level the series
  • Phoenix are tipped to regain series lead at home
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
Phoenix host Milwaukee for Game 5 (Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns Predictions & Tips

Phoenix can get back to winning ways on their home court in Game 5.

The Suns have been strong at home in the postseason and found a way to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 4.

If they can slow him down again here, and Devin Booker can stay out of foul trouble, Phoenix can regain the series lead.

  • Phoenix Suns are 8-2 at home in the playoffs this season
  • Phoenix Suns won at home in Games 1 & 2 of the 2021 NBA Finals
  • Phoenix Suns outshot Milwaukee Bucks 51.3% - 40.2% in Game 4
  • Phoenix Suns were uncharacteristically sloppy so they failed to take advantage of that last stat
  • Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker is averaging 28.3 points per game at home in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton is averaging 11.7 rebounds per game at home in the playoffs
  • Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton is averaging 14.0 rebounds per game in the NBA Finals
  • Milwaukee Bucks are on a 3-6 run on the road in the playoffs
  • The winning team has covered the spread in all 4 games so far

Head To Head

  • Phoenix Suns lead the all-time series 77-75
  • Milwaukee Bucks lead the all-time playoff series 4-2
  • Phoenix Suns lead the season series 4-2

Milwaukee Bucks Form & Team News

Milwaukee head to Phoenix back on level terms in the 2021 NBA Finals.

The Bucks had their backs against the wall when they returned home after losing the first two games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo made a surprise return from a knee injury for Game 1, and he put up 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Khris Middleton also put up 29 points in a strong personal showing, but Milwaukee struggled to cope with Chris Paul defensively and that resulted in a 118-105 defeat.

Middleton was nowhere near as effective in Game 2 and Jrue Holliday was again kept quiet, so a 118-108 defeat was no surprise.

There was some promising signs though, as Giannis racked up 42 points and 12 rebounds in that one, and he produced similar numbers in Game 3.

‘The Greek Freak’ registered 41 points and 13 rebounds, while going 13/17 from the free throw line, and his outstanding performance inspired Milwaukee to a huge 120-100 win.

Phoenix went all out to stop Giannis and ‘held’ him to 26 points, but he once again produced some huge plays and those, along with Middleton’s 40 points, lifted the Bucks to a 109-103 win.

Milwaukee now head to Phoenix where they are 0-2 in this series, and they will now go there with an almost fully fit roster. Only Donte DiVincenzo (foot) is out.

Phoenix Suns Form & Team News

Phoenix once again find themselves on level terms with Milwaukee after losing back-to-back road games.

The Suns had taken a commanding 2-0 lead with back-to-back wins on the home court.

Devin Booker matched his postseason average with 27 points, and Deandre Ayton was a force inside the paint with 22 points and 19 rebounds in Game 1.

The star of the show was Chris Paul though. Milwaukee found him unplayable as he poured in 32 points and dished out 9 assists in a 118-105 win for Phoenix.

The Suns then doubled their series lead in Game 2 as they broke the franchise record for three-point shooting, converting 20 of their 40 attempts.

Booker led the charge with 31 points, while Mikal Bridges put up 27 points and Chris Paul contributed 23 points and 8 assists, and that resulted in a 118-108 win.

However, Booker struggled badly with his accuracy as he scored just 10 points in Game 3. In fact, no Phoenix player hit the 20-point mark, resulting in a 120-100 blowout defeat.

Booker roared back into life in Game 4, but his 42 points and Ayton’s 17 rebounds proved to be in vain as the Suns fell to a 109-103 defeat.

Phoenix now return home where they are 8-2 in the playoffs, and they will look to get back to winning ways without Dario Saric (knee).

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Phoenix have been incredibly tough to beat at home and Milwaukee’s road form is underwhelming.

The Bucks may have won the last two, but the Suns are back at home here and have shown that they can slow down Giannis. Phoenix can regain the series lead.

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