The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic will tip off Game Five of their first-round playoff series at 3 PM Wednesday. Milwaukee has won three straight, meaning it can clinch the best-of-seven series with a win. To do so, the Bucks will have to continue to rely on defense. That intensity was missing in Game One when the Magic were able to put up 122 points. Since then, though, they have been held to an average of only 103 points.
Every other Eastern Conference series was a sweep. Toronto, Miami, and Boston are all resting. With the long COVID-19 layoff, fatigue shouldn’t be an issue like it would be during a typical season schedule, but the Bucks still probably do not want to have this series stretch into six or seven games.