By Ponciano Melo – Does the Eastern semi-final series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks deserve the hype?
The Bucks were the first team to advance in the second round after a series sweep against the Miami Heat, who eliminated the team last season.
Meanwhile, the Nets did a gentleman’s sweep against the Boston Celtics in five games.
And the moment Game 5 was over, the fans quickly turned their attention to what is about to happen, the clash between the super team Brooklyn Nets and the contending Milwaukee Bucks.
But does this series deserve the hype? First, let’s dissect each possible matchup.
Base on the standings alone, this will be a great series as the Nets finished at the number two seed, while Bucks at number three.
However, what’s more, evident in the series and also the inevitable is the head-to-head of Kevin Durant and Giannis Antetokoumnpo.
This will be the first time these two MVPs will go on a series as the Nets failed to make the playoffs last season.
Here are their averages in the first round:
Durant: 32.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, and three assists
Antetokoumnpo: 23.5 points, 15 rebounds, and 7.8 assists
Their clash alone will be exciting, but the supporting casts will make it even better.
On the Nets, as mentioned earlier, a powerhouse, they still have former MVP James Harden and All-Star Kyrie Irving, which can be aligned to Bucks’ All-Stars Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
Both benches are deep, too, and with no injuries bugging from each team, they are expected to provide intense basketball games.