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The Bucks visit the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday to tip off a whole new world in pro basketball, with no LeBron James, no Golden State Warriors and no traditional power of any sort. The Bucks haven’t been to the Finals since 1974, the Suns since 1993, and they have one title between them (Bucks, 1971).
But without Antetokounmpo … well, for today’s Bucks , that tends to change a lot. They will now have to go through the likes of Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Brook Lopez. All nice players for sure, but not exactly superstars.
Meanwhile, the Suns are relying on the veteran leadership of Chris Paul, with shooting guard Devin Booker and even center Deandre Ayton continuing their rise. And as mentioned, the Suns have homecourt for Game 1 (and Game 2, for that matter).
So you would think you would take the Suns and the -6.5 here . Don’t do it. Don’t be fooled by Antetokounmpo’s status. The Bucks’ supporting cast has proven to be determined and capable . Milwaukee will keep this one close. So go with the Bucks.
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