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Bucks-Suns NBA Finals Game 1 picks, betting odds: Can a Giannis Antetokounmpo-less squad test Phoenix?

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The Bucks probably won’t need to win the series without their best player, but if they can steal a game in Phoenix while he recovers, they’ll set themselves up to control their destiny at home. With a hot shooting night and some stellar defense, the Bucks could steal a game before they get their two-time MVP back. Milwaukee’s drop-coverage scheme is designed to allow the very shots Phoenix wants to take, and while it found success in Game 2 of the Hawks series by playing Brook Lopez closer to the screen, having Giannis protecting him from behind made that plan far more palatable. The Bucks have the defensive talent to crack the code eventually, but Game 1 favors the team with the schematic advantage.

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