Who should the Sixers want in round two: Celtics or Bucks?

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MILWAUKEE, WI – APRIL 20: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks walks to the sideline prior to the opening tip against the Boston Celtics of game three of round one of the Eastern Conference playoffs at the Bradley Center on April 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Milwaukee Bucks

The Sixers faced the Bucks in their last game of the regular season and it wasn’t exactly close. Philly rolled to a 130-95 victory, claiming their 16th-straight win and dropping Milwaukee to the seventh seed. The Bucks might’ve let their foot off the gas pedal in that game, but it was an impressive showing from Brett Brown’s squard nonetheless.

In terms of raw talent, Milwaukee probably holds the advantage over Boston. The Celtics are missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, while Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the seven or eight best players in the league. Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton are also above-average players.

Still, their execution this season has been abysmal. They fired Jason Kidd, but things haven’t improved much with Joe Prunty at the helm. Both defensively and offensively, there are times when Milwaukee just looks lost. They’d be a lot scarrier with, say, a Mike Budenholzer on the sideline.

The Bucks have improved at home this series against Boston, with part of the reason being Thon Maker‘s emergence in John Henson‘s absence. The Bucks don’t have a great answer to Joel Embiid anywhere on the roster, but I can assure you that Maker isn’t it.

If things start to come together for Milwaukee, they’re talented enough to provide some real resistance. Still, the Sixers would be heavy favorites in this series. Philly would also get home-court advantage, which has been huge all season.

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