The Bucks return home after 2 incredibly impressive road wins to take control of this series. Giannis was immense yet again, leading the way with 39 points, 16 boards, and 4 steals. George Hill continues to provide solid minutes off the bench, adding 15 points, 5 assists, and 4 boards of his own. The fact that the Bucks won comfortably despite a 4-19 night from Khris Middleton should spell warning signs for Boston.
The Celtics season may well be over after consecutive disappointing home losses. Despite putting up 23 points and 10 assists, Kyrie Irving was an inefficient 7-22 from the field. Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum both added something in the frontcourt, each managing a double-double in this one. The return of Marcus Smart should positively impact Boston going forward, although he shot a miserable 1-7 from the field in game 4.
Prediction: Bucks 1-10
A lofty 9.5-point spread actually represents some value on Boston in my opinion. That said, I don’t see them going into Milwaukee and forcing a game 6. Giannis is playing on another level right now and the Bucks role players are really stepping up. With all this in mind, Bucks by 1-10 looks to be the best value play on the board.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors return home after another close road loss where they played atrociously. Kevin Durant continues to score at will, going off for 34 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists. Steph Curry also added 30 points and 8 assists of his own, although he was relatively inefficient from 3. As has become custom, the Warriors got absolutely nothing from a bench that scored just 11 points between them.
The Rockets did what they had to do on their home floor and levelled the series at 2 apiece. James Harden had another dominant offensive display, going off for 38 points and 10 boards in the win. PJ Tucker was a monster on the interior, pouring in 17 much-needed points to go along with 10 boards. Even the corpse of Austin Rivers is producing in this series, with Doc’s son again scoring in double figures off the bench.
Prediction: Warriors -5.5
While Golden State has historically been great after a loss in the playoffs, they just didn’t bring the necessary energy in game 4. I just can’t see that happening on their home floor where they’ll be buoyed by a raucous Oracle crowd. They haven’t played anywhere near their potential in 3 of the 4 games this series, making me think there is definitely room for a turnaround. If KD keeps firing and the Splash Brothers make a few 3’s, it should be business as usual in game 5.