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Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo throws shade at Celtics while praising Raptors

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The Portland Trail Blazers face the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals at Moda Center on Thursday

The NBA Eastern Conference final features an obvious storyline in a matchup between Toronto superstar Kawhi Leonard and Milwaukee MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. He has had an unbelievable series against Denver.

Mike Budenholzer and Nick Nurse are wrapping up their first seasons with the Bucks and Raptors, respectively.

Trail Blazers: Portland went to the playoffs for 21 straight seasons from 1983-2003. The series was in their control and they let the ball drop. Kawhi Leonard is playing out of his mind right now and the Raptors defense is great, but the rest of the roster is hard to trust night-in, night-out. Their opponents have averaged 111.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting. He has been perfectly complemented by youngster Pascal Siakam, who has claimed his stardom this postseason. CJ McCollum adds 25.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game while Enes Kanter chips in 12.9 points plus 10.6 boards per contest. There was a balanced attack by the Sixers offense, including a much more aggressive Ben Simmons on the offensive glass.

On the other side of the bracket, the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers faced off in a give and take series. Instead, they'll flip a coin before each game in the best-of-seven series to determine which team they'll represent. They will open the conference finals Wednesday night at Milwaukee. "They watch each other's games and cheer for each other". The Rockets are either the most unstoppable team in the league or an easy win.

They've covered two of three games at Scotiabank Arena with an average margin of victory of almost 9 points per game. When those are falling, James Harden and his crew are juggernauts. They can not afford that to happen when Kevin Durant, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are on the other end of the court. It means a lot; If we can pick, we're going to play Game 7 at our home.

Head to head, the road team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Milwaukee and the Raptors are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.

Kanter has played with a separated left shoulder since the opening round against the Thunder, but performed admirably against the physical challenge of Denver's Nikola Jokic during the semifinals.

Lillard was in the mood as he helped the Trail Blazers avoid elimination in the west.

Per the Boston Herald's Steve Bulpett, Boston Celtics veteran forward-center Al Horford is willing to take a "team-friendly" paycut in 2019-20 in exchange for two extra years being tacked onto his current contract.

Kyle Lowry had a decent series against Philadelphia, averaging 13.1 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.1 rebounds, but his shooting is very spotty. Although most of the games have been decided by more than 5 points, it is a fair bet that this game will be a close one. After stealing Game 2 in Denver, the Trail Blazers clung on for dear life and eventually prevailed behind a Rodney Hood game-winner in quadruple overtime.

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