NBA playoffs 2021: Keys to Milwaukee Bucks vs. Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals

Will this magical run by the Atlanta Hawks end here in the NBA playoffs, or will Trae Young & Co. pull off yet another upset against the Milwaukee Bucks?

It’s an Eastern Conference matchup no one predicted, with the upstart Hawks — famously 14-20 before naming Nate McMillan the interim head coach and jump-starting their run to the playoffs — taking on two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, who needed overtime in Game 7 to overcome the Brooklyn Nets.

What can Young and the Hawks do on offense against the best defense in the league? Does Atlanta have an answer for Giannis?

Our experts break down each team’s path to the series and the keys that could decide who reaches the NBA Finals.

The Bucks spent the past seven months building up to the point where, when they got into the crucible of a tough playoff series, they would have the means to walk out the other side victorious.

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