The Phoenix Suns are having an incredible season, as they have made their way to the NBA Finals and will now take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Since the acquisition of Chris Paul, Monty Williams transformed the Suns into championship contenders. The 36-year-old veteran guard brings more light into the team’s young core squad and now has the opportunity to secure his first NBA ring in 16 seasons in the league.
Meanwhile, the Bucks now make it to the finals after 5-straight years of trying to complete a deep playoff run, with the closest one being in the 2018-19 season when they lost to the Raptors in the Conference Finals. They are coming off a Game 6 win against the Hawks in the Conference Finals to be here.
With the NBA Finals a few days away, NitroBetting now brings you a preview of the Bucks vs. Suns opening game. We share the latest team and player information, NBA odds, timely betting trends, and our very own expert betting predictions. Lock in on the best picks and make your basketball betting experience more rewarding than ever. Don’t forget to check out for more Basketball betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook.
Bucks vs. Suns Game 1 Information
- When: Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 9:00 PM ET
- Where: Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
- TV: NBA TV / ESPN
- Radio: WTMJ 620 AM (Bucks) // 98.7 FM. KSUN (Suns)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Phoenix Suns (-238) // O/U 217.0
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
The Bucks have become a nightmare on defense in the playoffs. Since the postseason started, Milwaukee has been allowing just 103.7 points per game, which is saying a lot as they faced the Brooklyn Nets in a series that went the distance. As a team, the Bucks have the best defensive rating (105.0) in the playoffs.
Combine that with years of playoff experience and the team can be very tough to crack once they start firing on all cylinders. In addition, with size advantage on their side, the Bucks can try to dominate the paint and collect more rebounds in the process. As of this writing, the Bucks lead the playoffs in rebounds at 49.9 per game. This is six more than the Suns and is a clear upper hand for the team.
Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered an injury in Game 4 of their series against the Atlanta Hawks, but if he can suit up for Game 1 of the Bucks vs. Suns Finals, he can do some damage with Khris Middleton. Both players recorded an average north of 23 points so far in the playoffs, and we’ve seen that they can take on the majority of the scoring load if called upon.
And with a reliable Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday working alongside the ‘Greek Freak’ and Middleton duo, they can put pressure on the Suns despite not having homecourt advantage.
Why Bet on the Phoenix Suns?
Nothing will be more crucial to the Suns’ race to the title than Chris Paul. This is his first NBA Finals appearance after 16 years of bad luck and injuries. But this time around, he has the undying support of Suns fans and a hungry team ready to bring the franchise its first NBA Championship. His presence is greatly appreciated by Devin Booker, who has been on fire in his postseason debut, averaging 27 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 44% from the field.
Other than the backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton’s rise is one of the main highlights of this season. The 22-year-old center averaged 16.2 points and 11.8 rebounds in the playoffs with a 70% field goal average from the floor. He was responsible for making the LA Lakers struggle in the first round and other clutch plays that kept the Suns’ playoff run alive.
Furthermore, they face the Bucks with an effective bench squad that can contribute to the game, which the Suns have benefitted from in their race to the Finals. Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne are the two names that come up during this conversation. Both players have an average of 8 points and 1.9 steals between them and are expected to play a crucial role in this series.
Bucks vs. Suns Betting Trends
- The Bucks are 3-2 in their last 5 away games.
- The Bucks are 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 away games.
- The totals have gone over in 4 of the BUcks’ last 10 games.
- The Suns are 8-2 in their last 10 home games.
- The Suns are 3-2 against the spread in their last 5 home games.
- The Suns have gone under in 5 of the Suns’ last 10 games.
Bucks vs. Suns Expert Betting Prediction
Ultimately, we get to see the future of the NBA with the likes of Devin Booker and Giannis Antetokounmpo in this contest. With the Suns having homecourt advantage, this is a good chance for the team to draw first blood and set the tone for the rest of the series with a strong start. They have the slight upper hand coming into the bout, but the Bucks are a strong team on the road as well.
If the Suns let their guard down for a second, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference can easily take the game. Covering the spread should be a manageable scenario for the Bucks and a win is not off the table. There’s very little separating the two teams, and we could be in for a close game from start to finish.
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