Previewing the Bucks-Nets Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup

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Who will win this series?

At the end of the day, someone needs to win this series and move onto the Eastern Conference Finals. It is going to be a very hard fought series that could very well go to a Game 7, but I think the Brooklyn Nets win this series in six games. 

Early on in the series, both teams are going to be trading punches and both Games 1 and 2 should be decided in the fourth quarter, but the Nets just have so much more offensive production than Milwaukee does, which is why they will win this series. 

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Donte DiVincenzo being out is going to be a huge difference in this series because along with Jrue Holiday, he is one of the best perimeter defenders on this team. Losing somebody who can “somewhat” contain guys like James Harden and Kyrie Irving is huge and while Connaughton and Forbes are both great players, they are not going to be able to defend any of Brooklyn’s star guards. 

As a result, we could see more of P.J. Tucker and possibly even Jeff Teague being in the game and guarding guys like Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Tucker got a lot more minutes in the first-round series against Miami than he did during the regular season with Milwaukee, so it is a strong possibility that he guards his former teammate in James Harden this series. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to do his thing for the Bucks, but you never know what you are going to get offensively from Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday. Kevin Durant is going to do his thing for the Nets, but you know what you are going to get from James Harden and Kyrie Irving, which is why I see the Nets being able to win this series in six games.

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