Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are about to win the NBA title tonight. Can Milwaukee close out the battle against Chris Paul and the Suns? Crossover staff make their Game 6 predictions.
Chris Mannix: dollars
Chris Paul looks out, Deandre Ayton looks worn and Milwaukee is a great home team. Chances are high that this game will quickly spiral out of control.
Michael Pina: dollars
The Bucks will win Game 6 and their first title in 50 years. Jrue Holiday’s pressure defense on Chris Paul (and Devin Booker) will keep Point God off the beat, while Deandre Ayton will buckle under the strain of all those minutes (he played more than anyone in Game 5) defending Giannis Antetokounmpo. . Speaking of which, in front of his home crowd, the two-time MVP will make more free throws than he misses, enough for Milwaukee to plan a parade.
Elizabeth Swinton: dollars
Milwaukee has dominated Phoenix on the inside the last three games, and until Phoenix proves it can work out its offense, the Bucks have the momentum to win their first title in 50 years. The Suns have struggled with offensive balance as Deandre Ayton has taken a step back and Chris Paul has been unable to guard the ball and engage Ayton on offense. The Suns have the tools to take the series into a winner-take-all game seventh in Phoenix, but Devin Booker will need help: Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee have dominated at home and will fight to close the series on their terms.
Michael Shapiro: Bucks
Maybe Chris Paul turns the clock back one more time, but I hope this series ends Tuesday night in Milwaukee. The size of the Bucks is forcing Phoenix on an unsustainable shooting diet, and Monty Williams’ team doesn’t have the personnel to contain Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on the perimeter. Add in a rabid Milwaukee crowd, and we could see the Bucks sail to their first championship in 50 years in Game 6.
Ben Pickman: Suns
One of the craziest stats from Game 5 was that Devin Booker scored 40 points and ended his team’s final loss +12 in 42 minutes of action. I’d expect that number of minutes to spike even more in Game 6 as the 24-year-old guard looks to send the NBA Finals back to Phoenix.
Jarrel Harris: dollars
I initially picked the Suns to win the Finals, but I think the Bucks shut it down tonight. Game 5 was a brutal loss for Phoenix at home. Giannis needed help early in the series and Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have stepped up. I can’t see the Suns stealing one in Milwaukee and forcing a Game 7. Congratulations to the Bucks.
Robin Lundberg: dollars
The Bucks will close out this series because Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday have come forward offensively to help Giannis, and I don’t see that changing in Milwaukee. When all those guys are in their prime, the Bucks are just too much for Phoenix and I hope they continue the trend of dominating the Suns on the road to lifting the trophy.
Jeremy Woo: Suns
No, but I think they will win it in seven. What I already predicted. Deja vu.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.