Ahead of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Peachtree Hoops staff answers three questions as part of another roundtable series. For part two, we try to make bold predictions for the upcoming series between the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks.
Zach: It’s getting tough to make bold statements about this team. They are making everything that seems out of reach look ordinary. I’ll say Lou Williams turns back the clock and has a 25-point game at some point in the series.
Graham: A bold prediction… Hmm… Beginning to run out at this stage… I’ll say my bold prediction will be Cam Reddish not only returns but perhaps even starts in this series to guard Khris Middleton.
Wes: It may not be too bold a statement considering he’s coming off a career playoff game scoring 27 points on 18 shots, with 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes, but Kevin Huerter continues to shine against Milwaukee. I’ll say he tops 30 points at some point this series. This was a deep wing group for Atlanta coming into the season, but with Bogdan Bogdanovic dealing with knee soreness, Cam Reddish trying to return from Achilles soreness and De’Andre Hunter out for the season, the shooting and playmaking dynamism from the third year player will be key for the Hawks to advance once again.
Glen: How does one make a bold prediction with this team at this point? They are hitting the mark on every objective that the consensus says is out of reach for them. I will say that Capela averages 4.0 blocks per game. I think he is going to have a huge defensive series here.
Rashad: Round three, but my bold prediction remains the same. Kris Dunn will, somehow, someway, see the court this series. *Presses Charles Barkley guarantee button*
Malik: I believe this will be the Kevin Huerter series. After having an outstanding game against the Sixers in game 7, I think his confidence will continue to roll over in this series. If Bogdanovic doesn’t look like his normal self, expect Huerter to have him a few good games.
Andrew: I’m running out of bold predictions at this point, so I’ll say that Cam Reddish suits up for at least one game.
Tony: Danilo Gallinari & Lou Williams will dominate the Bucks second unit. In the series against Philadelphia, it was frequently the Hawks’ bench unit that got them back into games. The 76ers trotted out a second unit featuring talented defenders like Tyrese Maxey, Dwight Howard, & Matisse Thybulle. The Bucks don’t have the same defensive quality, look for Gallinari & Williams to have a couple of strong showings.