Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 06, 2021

Blake Griffin showed up to play in Game 1, finishing with 19 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.

Milwaukee
46-26
AT
June 07, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
48-24
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +238

42%

Betting Action

58%

Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +238

42%

Betting Action

58%

The Brooklyn Nets struck first in their highly anticipated series against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Brooklyn rode a dominating offensive performance from Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to 115-107 win on Saturday and a 1-0 series lead.  Game 2 is set to go on Monday night in Brooklyn.

The Nets are 1.5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 233.5.

Bucks vs. Nets NBA Playoff Odds

If Game 1 proved anything, it’s that it will take more than one superstar to shutdown Brooklyn’s Big 3.  Sports Interaction bettors seem firmly behind that theory, as 84 per cent of the betting action for Game 2 is siding with the Nets.  The Over/Under isn’t as decisive, although 70 per cent of bettors are taking the Over.  It’s worth noting, however, the last three games between these teams have all gone Under the total.

Milwaukee’s Game 1 loss drops them to 12-3 straight up in their last 15 games overall and 15-5 SU in their last 20 against the Nets.  It was just the second time the Bucks have lost in their last 10 trips to Brooklyn.  On the Futures board, Milwaukee is now a +200 underdog to win this series.

It’s looking nearly impossible to stop the Nets right now, as they’re 10-1 SU over their last 11 games.  They’re 10-1 against the spread in those games and they’ve covered in seven straight home games.  Brooklyn is now a -294 favourite to win the series.

Milwaukee Bucks

The 3-point line is what really killed Milwaukee’s chances in Game 1.  They went 6-for-30 from beyond the arc, their lowest total of the season.  This is a team that averaged 14.4 three’s per game during the regular season, the fifth-highest average in the league.  Khris Middleton and Bryn Forbes were both 0-for-5 from the 3-point line, while Jrue Holiday was just 2-for-7.  Keep in mind, the Bucks only lost by eight points, so if any of those three players had hit their shots, Game 1 could have ended completely different.

On the positive side for Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez played well in Game 1 and should be big factors as the series continues.  Antetokounmpo had a game-high 34 points, as well as 11 rebounds and four assists.  Lopez finished with 19 points and five rebounds.

Keep an eye on the P.J. Tucker versus Durant matchup in Game 2.  After coming off the bench in the first round and only starting one game in the regular season, Tucker found himself in the starting lineup for Game 1.  Tucker was responsible for guarding Durant and he was fairly successful in the first half, holding Durant to 12 points in the first two quarters.  He made some major defensive plays and even had a big steal on Durant, while holding the Brooklyn superstar to 5-of-12 shooting at the break.  If Tucker can replicate that first half performance over all of Game 2, this series could be tied by the time it heads back to Milwaukee.

Brooklyn Nets

It was Durant and Irving who led the way on Saturday.  Durant had a team-high 29 points to go along with 10 rebounds and was 12-of-25 shooting.  He was clutch when the game mattered most, picking up 17 of his points in the second half.  Irving also delivered in the win.  He finished with 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds and was 11-of-26 from the field.  Irving was on his game from the opening tip-off, finishing the first half with 20 points.

In a big blow to the team, the other member of the Big 3, James Harden, left Game 1 with a right hamstring injury just 43 seconds into the contest.  Harden’s been dealing with the hamstring injury since the end of March, missing 20 of Brooklyn’s final 24 regular season games.  He’s already been ruled out of Game 2.

With Harden out of the lineup, the non-Big 3 stepped up in a big way, led by Blake Griffin and Joe Harris.  Both players finished the game with 19 points, while Griffin added a season-high 14 rebounds and Harris knocked down five 3-pointers.  All of the non-Big 3 players combined to knock down 61 points in Game 1, after averaging 38.2 points in the first round.  Even with Harden out of the lineup, this is a solid roster.

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