Milwaukee Bucks: Keys to victory in NBA Finals Game 1 vs. Phoenix Suns

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 10 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo, Phoenix Suns: Chris Paul, Devin Booker
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 10 (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks must limit the Phoenix Suns’ dynamic backcourt duo in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

The Bucks will face an all-around talented team in the Suns, but the head of the snake undeniably sits in their star-studded backcourt.

Rising star Devin Booker has reached new heights with Phoenix in his playoff debut by averaging 27 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists across 16 games. His running mate Chris Paul has been stellar also by averaging 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 8.7 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. These two have been sensational en route to this appearance in the NBA Finals, and the Bucks face a tall order trying to limit their contributions.

A series like this is where the Bucks will miss third-year guard Donte DiVincenzo, who went down in round one against the Miami Heat with a season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his foot. DiVincenzo’s defense was always a highlight of his game, and he would have seen time guarding either Booker or Paul often. Regardless, this Milwaukee team is deep, and they have the requisite depth to find others to step up.

Of course, Jrue Holiday will take on a massive portion of the workload, given his defensive reputation. Holiday will guard Paul most of the time in all likelihood, which will be a tough matchup for the three-time All-Defensive guard. If Holiday can slow down Phoenix’s floor general, it would obviously bode well in Milwaukee’s favor. As for Booker, the Bucks have several options to throw his way, but it will likely be Khris Middleton to get the first crack at him. Yet, do not be surprised if Pat Connaughton or P.J. Tucker find themselves guarding him on occasion either.

These two guards for the Suns are insanely talented, present the Bucks with a clear challenge ahead entering the Finals. Although their defense has been reputable this postseason, keeping Paul and Booker down will be a tall task. Yet, if they can make life tough for them from the jump, the Bucks stand a far better chance in this opening matchup.

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Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Bucks and Suns tips off tonight in Phoenix, and be sure to catch the action at 8:00 p.m. CST on ABC.