The Tale of Two Stars: Ben vs. Trae
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Welcome to another edition of PredictionStrike's Weekly Update, where we'll break down some of the most interesting storylines, talk about the biggest & best performances, and try to tie it all back to athletes' stock prices and how we should be viewing the markets.
This is without a doubt one of the weirdest NBA playoff runs in the past 20 years. This weekend gave us two Game 7s and a Game 6 that felt like the 7th. The conference finals will feature the Phoenix Suns, who haven't been in the playoffs since 2010, the Los Angeles Clippers, who till this point have never made the WCF, the Milwaukee Bucks, who haven't won a championship since 1971, and the Atlanta Hawks, who haven't made the finals since they moved to Atlanta in 1969.
Trae, on the other hand, is heading to his first conference finals. His 5 seed Hawks shocked the world and defeated the 1 seed Sixers. They might not be the favorite going into the matchup with the Bucks, but after what we saw on the offensive end of the floor from Milwaukee in the semi finals... the Hawks certainly have a chance. He's a Tier 1 threat from any point on the floor, and he proved to us in Game 7 that he's going to be present and active in big moments. He had made 2 shots going into the 4th quarter and still hit the biggest shots of the game. Further, he controlled the offense for his team and instilled his confidence in everyone wearing the same jersey. He really, really believes he's the best player on the court, and he has quickly become one of the biggest stars on deck.