Bucks vs. Hawks: Game 4 betting odds, preview, and pick
The Milwaukee Bucks regained control of the 2021 Eastern Conference Finals after a Game 3 victory. Can the ailing Atlanta Hawks even things up at home?
We have the betting odds and preview you need before Game 4 tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET at State Farm Arena.
Wed, June 30 2021, 12:40 AM
Middleton is "Khash" money
Khris Middleton has had his rough shooting moments throughout these playoffs. However, Game 3 on Sunday night was not one of them. Middleton lived up to his "Khash Money" nickname as he shot 15-26 from the field and 6-12 from 3-point range.
Middleton finished Game 3 with 38 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists. This comes after an impressive 15 point, seven-rebound, eight-assist performance in only 28 minutes in Game 2. Middleton is flirting with triple-double numbers, and it's making a big difference for the Bucks.
In the Bucks’ wins this postseason, Middleton is averaging 25.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game and shooting 42.7% from 3-point range. In the Bucks’ losses, he is averaging 17.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, and is hitting just 18.8% of his 3-point attempts.
Bogdanovic is missing
Early in this postseason, Bogdan Bogdanovic was an excellent scoring option for the Hawks next to Trae Young. However, he's been AWOL since the end of Atlanta's second round series against the Philadelphia Sixers.
In Game 3, Bogdanovic shot a putrid 3-16 from the field and 2-10 from 3-point range. For the entire series, he is shooting just 25% from the field and is averaging 6.7 points per game. The Hawks badly need to get more production out of him to even up this series.
Reggie mentions on the broadcast how Jrue does a great job of switching onto Bogdanovic to guard the PNR to save Connaughton from having to do it. But how about the block out by Connaughton to finish the play - just drives out Collins from the rebounding contest. pic.twitter.com/cKhIOwzGqR— Coach Liam Flynn (@coachliamflynn) June 28, 2021
Count out Atlanta at your own demise
The Hawks once again find themselves on the ropes. Before the postseason started, all the hype was around the New York Knicks and their excellent season. However, the Hawks handled them easily in a gentlemen’s sweep.
Then the Hawks were considered an extreme longshot against the top-seeded Sixers before taking Game 1. They were counted out again after going down 2-1 in the series, but came back and won Game 7 on the road as massive underdogs.
Again, they found themselves as massive series underdogs before the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. Yet, they came out and won Game 1 as they have in every series during these playoffs. Now, after losing Games 2 and 3 by a combined 45 points, they are being counted out again.
If Young is forced to sit out of this game with an ankle injury then obviously I would be looking elsewhere. Nonetheless, as it stands now, I am expecting him to play and expect the Hawks to even this series with another surprising win. I would also lean towards the Under as these games are beginning to become a lesson in attrition with players dropping like flies.
With Young a little banged-up and the Hawks needing to win this game, I expect some players like John Collins to step up tonight with big games of their own. Collins has recorded a double-double in four games this postseason already. He has also gone into double digits in the scoring column in all but three games in the playoffs.