“How Giannis and the Bucks Could Secure Their Second Championship in Three Years”

By: OutOfSightSports


“How Giannis and the Bucks Could Secure Their Second Championship in Three Years”

As the 2022-23 NBA season approaches its conclusion, the playoff race is heating up and every game counts. The Milwaukee Bucks, sitting at the top of their conferences, are already being considered as favorites to win the championship.

With a remarkable record of 55-21, the best in the league, the Bucks have been on an impressive winning streak of 16 games, including a perfect 10-0 run in February, which is their third-best mark in franchise history. Despite their defeat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals last season, the Bucks are determined to claim another Larry O’Brien Trophy. With their recent performances, there is a real possibility that they can win the 2023 NBA Finals, and here are three reasons why.

  1. Home-court Advantage– The Bucks have a significant advantage going into the playoffs with their home-court advantage. With the best record in the East and the league, if the season ended today, Milwaukee would have the upper hand against any potential opponent, including in the NBA Finals, by playing at home. Their impressive record of 30-7 when playing at the Fiserv Forum this season compared to 25-14 on the road shows their strength at home. In the previous season, when they won the title, they finished 26-10 at home during the regular season and went 10-1 at the Fiserv Forum in the playoffs. By starting all playoff series in Milwaukee, they have the potential to start 2-0, making it difficult for their opponents to catch up. Even in the worst-case scenario, the Bucks would still have the advantage of playing a Game 7 at home. Therefore, the Bucks could be well on their way to their second championship in three years if they continue their dominance at home.

2. The Supporting Cast– While Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the key player for the Milwaukee Bucks, the supporting cast is having a big season. Brook Lopez is a strong contender for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, averaging 2.5 blocks a night. Jrue Holiday earned his second All-Star nod of his career after putting up solid numbers of 19.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per game. Khris Middleton, who has been recovering from injuries, is now getting back to his rhythm, scoring 15.5 points per game.With these three reliable offensive options, especially with Lopez and Holiday’s solid defense, the Bucks have a chance to win the championship even if Antetokounmpo is having a bad day.

  1. Antetokounmpo’s MVP-level seasonHe is recording career-high numbers of 31.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game. Antetokounmpo’s absence in 16 games this season has resulted in a losing record for the Bucks. Therefore, his elite play is crucial for Milwaukee to return to the NBA Finals. With him, the team is one of the scariest in the league on both offense and defense, making them legit contenders for the championship in 2023.

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