It's kind of scary to think how good the Nets would be if they had James Harden having beaten the Bucks by a combined 47 points during the first two games of this series. Both of those victories came in Brooklyn. Harden won't be able to play in this Game 3.
Certainly tremendous credit to the Nets. But are the Bucks really this outclassed? I don't see it. Neither does the linesmaker, who has installed Milwaukee as a solid home favorite for this game.
The Bucks can beat the Nets inside. They just haven't been able to keep up with the Nets from 3-point range. New Jersey is shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc, while the Bucks have made just 24.6 percent of their 3-point shots.
Khris Middleton has been especially cold. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a minus 22 rating when he was on the court in Game 2. Middleton isn't a star, but he's certainly better than he's shown. Antetokounmpo isn't in the Michael Jordan/LeBron James Top of the World category, but he's easily one of the 10 best in the NBA right now, if not among the five best in the league.
The Bucks went 4-0 following a loss of at least 20 points. After each blowout loss, they responded with a victory in the following game, winning those games by an average of 18.8 points.
The Nets are playing on house money right now going on the road up 2-0. The Bucks are home and have tremendous motivation especially with their pride on the line. Maybe the Nets win this series. But a sweep? No sir.