Bucks vs Hawks Recreation 4 Odds, Lineups, Damage Report & Picks

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Khris Middleton holding ball on the court with hand out

Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks tackle the Atlanta Hawks in Recreation 4 of the East Finals Tuesday. (Picture by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)

  • Bucks look to take a commanding lead within the East Finals towards the Hawks in Recreation 4
  • Trae Younger battling a foot harm, whereas Giannis Antetokounmpo has a calf situation
  • Get the percentages, preview, harm report, and prediction beneath

What’s an NBA playoff sequence with out extra stars hobbling?

The East Finals could have shifted on a freak harm, when Trae Younger’s stepped on a referee’s foot and went down. That coincided with the Bucks taking management to win Recreation 3, 113-102 and take a 2-1 sequence lead.

Talking of Freak accidents, it was introduced simply previous to tip that Giannis Antetokounmpo was battling a calf harm. That actually didn’t cease him from one other enormous outing, solely to be a sidekick to a monster Khris Middleton efficiency.

That mixture is why the Bucks are heavy 7-point favorites to take command of this sequence in Recreation 4, with an opportunity to return house to wrap up a visit to the Finals.

Bucks vs Hawks Recreation 4 Odds

Crew Unfold at FanDuel Moneyline Complete
Milwaukee Bucks -7 (-110) -270 Ov 219 (-110)
Atlanta Hawks +7 (-110) +220 Un 219 (-110)

Odds as of June twenty eighth. Tip off is Tuesday at 8:30pm ET

Damage Report

The celebrities dot the harm report, the most important being Trae Younger and the bone bruise on his proper foot. He’s listed as questionable for Recreation 4. Bogdan Bogdanovic can also be listed as possible, as he continues to battle a knee harm.

For the Bucks, Antetokounmpo (calf) is on the harm report, listed as day-to-day. Barring a serious flip of occasions, nevertheless, it’s possible all three can be on the court docket for Recreation 4.

Bucks vs Hawks Projected Lineups

Jrue Vacation PG Trae Younger
Khris Middleton SG Bogdan Bogdanovic
PJ Tucker SF Kevin Huerter
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF John Collins
Brook Lopez C Clint Capela

Middleton the Man

Giannis was once more his dominant self, pouring in 33 factors, 11 boards and 4 assists on a crisp 13-for-21 from the sphere (61.9%). However as he’s trying extra modern-day Shaq than LeBron or KD 2.0, the two-time MVP wants somebody to land the airplane.

Enter Middleton, who put collectively his most impactful sport of the sequence. The all-star wing was 15-for-26 from the sphere total, for a career-high 38 factors and 11 rebounds.

He did main harm in cash time, dropping 20 factors within the fourth quarter, among the best taking pictures barrages we’ve seen within the playoffs this yr. He went 8-for-13 from the sphere, together with a blistering 4-for-6 from the 3-point line. Middleton was the catalyst in a game-changing 15-3 run within the fourth, turning a 95-88 deficit right into a 103-98 Bucks lead they might by no means relinquish.

For the third straight sport, the Bucks additionally dominated play within the paint, outscoring Atlanta 56-34 in the important thing. They’re averaging a blistering 62.7 factors within the paint on this sequence. To place that into context, of the remaining 4 playoff groups, the Phoenix Suns are second at 48 factors a sport.

Who’s Serving to Trae?

If Younger is compromised, he’s going to want extra assist. Previous to injuring his ankle, Younger was clearly improved from a poor Recreation 2 exhibiting, posting 32 factors on 11-for-19 taking pictures. Following a visit to the locker room, he was clearly missing explosiveness. He even surrendered ball-handling duties, taking simply 4 pictures within the closing body, scoring three factors.

Danilo Galinari went chilly within the fourth, going simply 1-for-3 for 2 factors, whereas Bogdanovic was radio silent: he performed all 12 minutes within the quarter and went 0-for-3 from the sphere. Their standard spark of offense and athleticism, John Collins, was hampered with foul bother all sport, ending with 13 factors and eight boards, restricted to solely 23 minutes.

The tip consequence was Atlanta was outscored 30-17 within the fourth quarter, taking pictures simply 37.9% from the sphere, together with a grim 1-for-8 from downtown, whereas additionally committing 4 turnovers.

Defensively, the Hawks are going to have to seek out some solutions to cease the Milwaukee onslaught. Within the second half, they allowed the Bucks to shoot 53.5% from the sphere, and 53.3% from three level vary.

Prediction

If the harm to Younger hadn’t occurred, Atlanta was properly on their option to overlaying, maybe even successful outright. That harm looms massive now, although, as the most effective offensive participant left within the East may nonetheless be sapped of his explosiveness.

The Hawks have received Recreation 4 in every of their earlier two sequence, proving their resilience in these playoffs. However Milwaukee isn’t the Knicks and even the 76ers, and they’re punishing Atlanta within the paint. If Middleton or Jrue Vacation can present Giannis the closing assist he wants, search for the Bucks to proceed overpowering these Atlanta upstarts.

Choose: Bucks -7 (-110)

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