Milwaukee Bucks: 3 keys to victory in pivotal Game 6 versus Phoenix Suns

Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Milwaukee Bucks: Jrue Holiday, Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker
Jul 17, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Milwaukee Bucks must take an aggressive approach on the defensive end in Game 6 versus the Phoenix Suns

The previous two games in this series have been dictated by two all-time great defensive plays made by the Bucks.

In Game 4, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s otherworldly block on Deandre Ayton’s dunk attempt,  followed by Jrue Holiday ripping the ball from Devin Booker in the closing moments of Game 5 to find Antetokounmpo on a lob pass on the other end. The Bucks have made many memorable plays on the defensive end in this series, and they could certainly stand to make more in this upcoming Game 6 matchup.

The biggest focus for the Bucks defensively will be slowing down Devin Booker, who has scored 42 and 40 points in consecutive games. The guard is among the toughest shot-makers in the game, and he will be inspired with his team facing elimination. Holiday has been among the Bucks’ best defenders against him in this series, and they will look to emphasize that matchup more often, although Tucker will see hefty minutes as well.

While Booker will be the top priority, this Milwaukee team understands that they will have to deal with Chris Paul, Deandre Ayton, and the rest of the supporting cast. Mikal Bridges and Jae Crowder can erupt from 3-point territory on any given night, Paul could put up an easy double-double with points and assists, while Ayton has proven to be a lethal presence down low on both ends.

The Bucks will need to play their brand of top-tier defense, and playing at home has worked well in their favor in that regard in this series. According to, the Bucks’ defensive rating at home in this series is 104.6, while it balloons all the way up to 122.8 on the road. Milwaukee plays far better defense on their home floor, and they will need to keep that consistent with a chance to close the series tonight.