Although unlikely, the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks are meeting in the Eastern Conference Finals. Both teams are coming off of Game 7 wins, where they both upset higher seeds. At the beginning of the season, Milwaukee seemed destined to get to this point. Atlanta, not so much.
Both teams have earned their stripes in their respective playoff runs, but Atlanta has shown they can compete with anybody. Along with the series wins, the Hawks have also given the New York Knicks a wake up call and potentially rerouted the direction of the Philadelphia 76ers’ franchise.
Yet in Game 1, and the series at large, the Hawks are the underdog once again.
WynnBET has Milwaukee as a seven-point favorite in Game 1. While the line seems high, it makes sense. The Bucks are the higher seed, at home and have the best player in the series. However, Atlanta has stolen Game 1 on the road twice this postseason, and it wouldn’t be shocking if it happens again.
For the series, the Bucks are also a heavy favorite, with their odds set at -500. The most likely outcome is the Hawks getting one game and losing 4-1, which has odds of +210 of coming true.
Game 1 and the series will both come down to the star matchup of Trae Young and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Young is averaging 29.1 points and 10.4 assists per game in these playoffs. Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.8 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. They have been on top of their games and showing the league why they are two of the absolute best. It will be fun to watch to see who can elevate their game higher to match the moment.