The Milwaukee Bucks have clinched finals spot despite the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo. While the team were hot hand against the Atlanta Hawks, NBA analyst Charles Barkely took his shot on this great stretch. Now Milwaukee Bucks will face the Phoenix Suns in the NBA 2021 finals. Even though both teams faced injuries along the way, they have been phenomenal in the playoffs this season. Experts have already started to make their picks for the NBA finals. Likewise, the NBA on TNT crew made their predictions. Charles Barkley surprised a lot of people with his pick. While Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the bench with injury, things have levelled up for the Milwaukee Bucks.
As of now, Giannis Antetokounmpo is still under scrutiny for his right knee hyperextension. Playing in the EC finals, the Greek freak injured himself during 3rd game. As they play Suns in the finals, it will be one heck of a match-up. The team geared up after his injury. Players like Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Jrue Holiday and Bobby Portis stepped up for the team. Now Charles Barkley’s choice has attracted some attention.
Charles Barkley picks Milwaukee Bucks as favorite in finals
The NBA analyst Charles Barkley has always praised the Bucks. Post-game 6 win at Atlanta he was elated to see his favorite team succeed. He said, “I hate to say this, I think the best thing happened to the Milwaukee Bucks was Giannis getting hurt. Because, they have unleashed Jrue Holiday, the aggressive Jrue Holiday. I think he is gonna be fantastic in the finals against Chris Paul.”
“As much as I love Chris Paul, if Giannis is 85%-90%, I am gonna go with Milwaukee. But, all my heart and soul is gonna be pulling for my Phoenix Suns I will tell you that,” he added. Charles Barkley highlighted how Jrue Holiday had taken an aggressive approach in the last 2 games between Milwaukee and Atlanta. Jrue averaged 26 points and 12 assists in the last 2 games. Moreover, he also put up 2 steals and a block per game.
In absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo, these players made big-time plays. Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks have both been outstanding till this point as they have shown the fight and grit to compete throughout the playoffs. Both teams are just 4 games away from capturing the NBA finals. It will one of the best match-ups since it is the maiden finals for both talismans, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Chris Paul.