The Milwaukee Bucks completed the first and only sweep of Round 1 of the playoffs, eliminating the Miami Heat in the process. This time, they take on one of the top contenders for the 2021 NBA Championship title when they travel to the Barclays Center to play the second round.
Three elite scorers in Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and James Harden battle the Bucks’ potent roster that features star players Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton with Brook Lopez and Co. On Saturday night, we get to witness the first of many battles between two top-tier basketball teams in this Nets vs. Bucks bout.
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Bucks vs. Nets Game 1 Information
- When: Saturday, June 5, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: Sports Radio 66 (Nets) // Newsradio 620 WTMJ (Bucks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Brooklyn Nets (-3.5) // O/U 239.5
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Bucks will have to be at their best to cause the Big Three problems. In the playoffs, they already showcased one of the best defenses, which will be detrimental in their efforts to win Game 1 and build on that momentum.
As it stands, the Bucks hold air-tight defense in the playoffs rated at 95.4. That’s six points more than the next best team, the Phoenix Suns. Although they might have trouble matching the Nets’ offense, they can start building from the defensive side and move forward from there. With the addition of Jrue Holiday in the off-season and another defensive threat PJ Tucker, they can put pressure on their opponents’ offense and force mistakes and bad shots.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the Bucks’ key player coming into Game 1. This is because the Neds don’t have a clear answer to him. He is almost unstoppable in the paint, but more so against the Nets who failed to contain him in the regular season. The Greek Freak put up tremendous numbers this season, averaging 28.1 points per game. Moreover, his performance against the nets in the regular season features 39.7 points per game.
Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
After putting on a show, the Nets cleared the first round after a comfortable 4-1 lead over the Celtics. Now, they face a tougher side in the Milwaukee Bucks and are about to take on another challenge that puts the Big Three to the test.
In their three regular season games against the Bucks, the Nets lost two of those with single-digit deficits. They look for redemption this time around and will try to make a statement come Saturday night. The first two games give the Nets the upper hand as they will be playing in front of their home crowd. If they can perform well before hitting the road, they can build on that momentum to try and close out the series early.
It’s difficult to pinpoint a key player in this Nets team due to an excess of star players. However, James Harden’s last game for his team gives us reason to believe that he can orchestrate the Nets’ offense to secure the win. We anticipate Harden to compliment his team’s offense and at the same time be a productive scorer when called upon.
Bucks vs. Nets Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 3-2 in their last five away games.
- The Bucks are 2-3 against the spread in their last five away games.
- The totals have gone over 6 times in the Bucks’ last 10 games.
- The Nets are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- The Nets are 5-0 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under in 4 of the Nets’ last 10 games.
Bucks vs. Nets Expert Betting Prediction
Both teams proved their strength in the first round of the playoffs, winning in five games or less. With both teams sporting a healthy roster, this is going to be a close one to call.
The Brooklyn Nets might have the slight upper hand in the first game thanks to home court advantage, but we cannot discount the fact that the Bucks swept their opponents in the first round and are capable of delivering wins on the road. Covering the spread shouldn’t be a problem for the Bucks as well. Ultimately, this Bucks vs. Nets game is a highly anticipated bout that will get basketball fans and bettors excited.
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