PHOENIX, AZ – The Phoenix Suns play their first NBA Finals game in 28 years at the downtown Phoenix Suns Arena on Tuesday night.
The Suns, who face the Milwaukee Bucks in the Top Seven series, secured home court advantage for the final, thanks to a better record of regular season wins and losses than their Conference brethren. East.
They reached the final by beating the Los Angeles Clippers, four games to two in the Western Conference Finals.
The Bucks reached the final by defeating the Atlanta Hawks in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Suns’ hometown has won both of its regular season games against the Bucks, beating Milwaukee in a pair of one-point games.
The 2021 NBA Finals will be played between Tuesday and July 22, with home games in Phoenix on Tuesday, Thursday July 17 and July 22; with games in Milwaukee on July 11, July 14 and July 20.
Here’s what you need to know about Game 1 of Tuesday’s series:
How to watch: The Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks will kick off at 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. EST), with ABC hosting the contest nationwide.
Who to watch: For the Bucks, keep an eye out if two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo can play, after injuring his knee against the Hawks. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in scoring during the regular season, averaging 28.1 points per game.
If Antetokounmpo is out for Game 1, keep an eye out for compatriot Khris Middleton, who averaged 23.4 points per game during the playoffs. Guard Jrue Holiday and center Brook Lopez are the other Bucks to double on average during the team’s playoffs, with the former averaging 17.6 points per game, while the latter averaging 13.5 points. per game for the Bucks.
At home, the offense has passed through guard Devin Booker, who leads all the Suns in scoring this playoff, averaging 27.0 points per game so far. Five other Suns players (Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Jae Crowder and Cameron Payne) averaged at least 10 points per game in the team’s playoffs.
Who could win: The Phoenix Suns are currently a six-point favorite to win, according to ESPN. The world’s leading basketball power rating gives the Suns a 56.8 percent chance of winning Tuesday’s 1 game, by comparison.