After a hard-fought Game 1 in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, the Milwaukee Bucks will try to bounce back and tie the series. The Nets took the first game in front of their home crowd in a 115-107 thriller of a win, giving them more momentum coming into the next game.
However, they will have to adjust to the absence of James Harden following a right hamstring injury he suffered in the last game. Despite managing to hold off the Bucks, the next game poses more of a challenge for the Nets after losing a piece of the Big 3.
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Bucks vs. Nets Game 2 Information
- When: Monday, June 7, 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?
Poor 3-point shooting held back the Bucks in Game 1, ending the bout with a 20% 3-point shooting, hitting only 6 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc. Although Giannis Antetokounmpo managed to score 34 points and collected 11 rebounds, shooting 16-24 from the field, his supporting cast failed to provide the help he needed.
Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday only combined for 30 points that night, and these are underwhelming numbers considering the caliber of the two. Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer will be looking at other strategy options before Game 2 takes off. He received heavy criticism for his questionable player rotations previously and will have to make the necessary changes to avoid a 2-0 deficit.
Nevertheless, Antetokounmpo’s offensive strength in Game 1 was unmatched after he destroyed the Nets in the paint. Blake Griffin defended the ‘Greek Freak’ well but needs to do more if he wants to limit the 6-foot 11 forward from scoring beyond 30 points. We anticipate Antetokounmpo to put in significant numbers on both ends on Monday night.
Why Bet on the Brooklyn Nets?
Meanwhile, it was the Nets’ role players who stole the limelight in Game 1. Griffin put on a rebounding clinic after finishing with 14 boards and adding 18 points to the Nets’ scoreline. Topping it all off was the ex-Pistons player’s performance in guarding Giannis. He did enough to give the Nets the win, and if this goes on, he can help his team grab the 2-0 lead before hitting the road.
Also, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving had a little more breathing room thanks to the role players stepping up, allowing the duo to concentrate on the offensive side while James Harden was sidelined due to injury.
If James Harden is ruled out in Game 2, the Nets will be looking at Kevin Durant to lift the team. The forward dropped 29 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1, and he can continue to threaten the Bucks’ defense thanks to amazing form that resembles his pre-injury days. Furthermore, as Kevin Durant searches for a third championship ring, getting past the bucks in the second round can give him a massive boost in pace.
Bucks vs. Nets Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 3-2 in their last 5 away games.
- The Bucks are 4-6 against the spread in their last 10 games.
- The totals have gone over in 5 of the Bucks’ last 10 games.
- The Nets are 9-1 in their last 10 home games.
- The Nets are 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
- The totals have gone under 6 times in the Nets’ last 10 games.
Bucks vs. Nets Expert Betting Prediction
The ruling out of James Harden did not hold back the Brooklyn Nets from being the favored team in Game 2. If they can continue to deliver consistent defense against Giannis and company, there’s very little that can stop this team. They have the offensive firepower needed to outscore the Bucks as well.
On the other hand, if the Bucks can get out of their shooting slump and do well from the 3-point line this Monday, they can put more pressure on the Nets and snatch a win on the road.
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