MILWAUKEE -- There have been several "hot" takes regarding this second-round Milwaukee Bucks versus Boston Celtics series. Will those takes be put to bed after Game 4 on Monday night?
After Game 1, a game that was dominated by the Celtics, former Celtic Paul Pierce went on record saying "I think [this series] is over."
"I think it's over."— ESPN (@espn) April 28, 2019
– Paul Pierce following the Bucks’ 22-point loss to the Celtics in Game 1 pic.twitter.com/XzsRzjQnW6
That was clearly not the case, as the Bucks went on to dominate Games 2 and 3.
After Game 3, Charles Barkley went on record saying that "the Boston Celtics are not going to win another game."
Another night, another bold guarantee from Chuck! 👀 pic.twitter.com/GL8PAtuSel— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 6, 2019
With the combination of Milwaukee's recent successes in Games 2 and 3, and Game 4 being tonight, this question is now on people's minds: With a win tonight, would the Bucks secure a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals?
Historically, a 3-1 series lead all but answers that question with a yes.
Only 11 NBA teams have come back from 3-1 to win the series. Most recently, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Not only does a win tonight all but lock up the series, but it would also mean the Celtics would have to beat the Bucks three games in-a-row.
This season, the Bucks only lost two games in-a-row once. They never lost three games in-a-row in 2018-19, let alone to the same team.
To top it all off, two of those three games would be at Fiserv Forum, a place where the Bucks have only lost nine times since the August 26 grand opening.