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How to Watch Live NBA Finals Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns Preview & Betting Odds

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How to Watch Live NBA Finals Game 5: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns
After a tremendous showing at home, Milwaukee looks to take the show on the road in Game 5 against Phoenix. TANNEN MAURY/EPA

Recency bias is really starting to effect this NBA Finals. After Game 2, every expert with Twitter thumbs said the Milwaukee Bucks at best could only win one game. Now it's the Suns can't win this series unless they win Game 5. The only obvious storyline here is that both teams were able to defend home court. That's all you can definitively say about these Finals. Not that Khris Middleton is the Batman to Giannis Antetokounmpo's Robin or vice versa. Not that Chris Paul is not a top-five point guard of all-time. Not that whoever wins Game 5 of this series will win the NBA Championship. So let's take a look at all of those points to see who will have the advantage going into this game that serves to be a turning point in this series.

What TV Channel is Bucks-Suns on?

Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns 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: Saturday, July 17
Where: Phoenix Suns Arena - Phoenix, AZ
Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch NBA free with fuboTV)

The Batman and Robin analogy has gone back at least to the days of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. In that scenario, Pippen deserves why more credit than he ever got for winning six championships. It's a hurtful comparison and it's not applicable to Middleton or Antetokounmpo either. In Games 2 and 3, Giannis scored more than 40 points. Other than the Greek Freak, you can count on one hand the amount of players who have done that in the Finals. The difference in Game 2 is that he didn't get nearly the amount of help he needed to avoid a blowout in the last game in Phoenix. In Game 3, he got the help he needed at home to blowout the Suns.

In Game 4, it's Middleton who took over and was able to secure clutch shots in the last moments of the game. But if it wasn't for Giannis' instant classic block, none of that would be relevant. The point is, whoever takes the lead for the Bucks is always changing and they are going to need two Batmans to beat the Suns at home and ultimately win this series. Good thing for Milwaukee is that they do have two players that can reach Dark Knight status for the lack of a better analogy.  

As far as Chris Paul goes, three games ago everyone was calling him the "Point God." Now everyone says he is old and washed up and if he doesn't win this Finals it affects his legacy. First off, if Paul never played again he is a first ballot hall-of-famer. Second, he didn't have as many opportunities to win a title due to circumstances out of his control. If David Stern didn't nix Paul's trade from New Orleans to the Lakers, you can't tell me this ring conversation would be even relevant at this point for CP3. If he is playing this well with Devin Booker, imagine if he would have suited with the late great Kobe Bryant.

Sure, this is Paul's best shot at a title so far in his career. Yes, he has played poorly after a dominant Game 1 with only 10 points and five turnovers in the last game. Very uncharacteristically for Paul he has had 15 turnovers in the last three games. Paul says he's not going through any injuries so we're going to take him at his word. He knows he has to step up and in every other scenario he has. Going home will help him in that quest even more. This Suns team needs to score together. Not just Booker who scored 42 but probably would have scored 52 if he didn't have to sit out much of the fourth because of foul trouble. Deandre Ayton had the same trouble in Game 3 and didn't score a free throw in Game 4 because of it.

They have to be more aggressive and all of them have to play well before Milwaukee takes away their home court advantage. History will drive that point home even further. Pun intended. When an NBA Finals is tied at two games apiece, the Game 5 winner goes on to host the Larry O'Brien trophy 72 percent of the time. Considering that and how this series has treated road teams it's fair to say this is a must win for Phoenix. Any other way, it's difficult to see how they win the series and they will become like the 2005-06 Mavs who won their first two Finals games against the Miami Heat and subsequently lost the next four. Either way look for Phoenix's Big 3 to step it up big time in Game 5.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds

Bucks Odds: +4
Bucks Odds: -4
Money Line: Bucks +135 - Suns -155
Over/Under: 218

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