Game 3 is a must win game for the Milwaukee Bucks. That’s not hyperbole or with the caveat of all intents and purposes. That’s just a fact. No team has come back from an 0-3 deficit in the NBA. Phoenix is too much on a roll to let that happen. The Bucks faithful have waited since 1974 to see an NBA Finals game be played in Milwaukee. Hopefully for them and the casual basketball fan wanting to make this a series, an extra day off from Game 2 and heading back to Wisconsin will make all of the difference.
What TV Channel is Suns-Bucks on?
Suns-Bucks will be shown on ABC at 9:00 p.m. ET. You can live stream NBA games on fuboTV.
How to Watch Suns-Bucks
When: Sunday, July 11
Where: Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NBA free with fuboTV)
Milwaukee keeps talking about that they’ve been here before and that they have a blueprint to get back in a series. That is definitely true but the circumstances were very different. The Bucks were down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Brooklyn Nets. As a matter of fact, they got blown out in those games in Brooklyn. They’ve played much better in their first two games against the Suns. But when they got back to Milwaukee, it wasn’t necessarily a night and day difference.
They barely beat the Nets 86-83 in Game 3 with some tremendous defense but then they really one Game 4 because Giannis Antetokounmpo came down hard on Kyrie Irving’s ankle and he was unable to go for the rest of the series. On top of that, James Harden was unable to go for most of that series and even when he was, he obviously wasn’t at 100 percent. Kevin Durant did most of the heavy lifting willing them to overtime in Game 7 but just came up short. As far as anyone can tell, the Phoenix Suns have a vibrant and healthy Big 3 in Chris Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
The Bucks have had no answer for them. Paul just passed Kobe Bryant for 10th all-time for the most playoffs assists. The crazy part is he’s never been to the Western Conference Finals or NBA Finals before this season. He’s keeping this team running like a well oiled machine and it doesn’t seem like there’s a way to stop them on defense as they’ve scored 118 points in both games so far.
Antetokounmpo stepped it up even more in Game 2 scoring an amazing 42 points up from his 20 in Game 1 even after just coming back from a serious knee injury. The Suns likely won’t score 118 in Milwaukee but Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday are going to have to keep up the offensive momentum to invigorate this offense if they are going to get back into this series.
Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds
Suns Odds: 4.5
Bucks Odds: -4.5
Money Line: Bucks +170 – Suns -190