Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 5 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 14, 2021

Maybe Brooklyn should check the lost-and-found because their offence has been M.I.A. for the last two games.

Milwaukee
46-26
AT
June 15, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
48-24
Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -115
Over / Under o +222

57%

Betting Action

43%

Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -105
Over / Under u +222

57%

Betting Action

43%

The offence has fallen off a cliff in Brooklyn, as the Bucks held the Nets to under 100 points for the second straight game on Sunday.  Milwaukee finished with a 107-96 win and tied the series at two games apiece.  Game 5 will go in Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

The Bucks are 3.5-point road favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 218.5.

Bucks vs. Nets NBA Playoff Odds

The two games in Milwaukee have split bettors, with the Bucks getting a slim 54 per cent majority of the action.  With Brooklyn’s offence struggling heavily, it’s easy to see why the Under is getting 75 per cent of the action for Game 5.  The total has gone Under in the last six games between these teams.

Milwaukee improved to 14-4 straight up in their last 18 games.  They’re also 8-3 SU in their last 11 games in Brooklyn.  The Bucks are now -154 favourites to win the series.  They’re +450 to win the NBA Championship, trailing Brooklyn (+225), Utah (+340) and Phoenix (+375).

The Nets desperately need a return to Brooklyn, where they’ve won and covered the spread in eight straight games.  The total has gone Under in their last five games overall.  Brooklyn is +110 to win the series.  At +175, the favoured exact series score is Brooklyn to lose 4-2.

Milwaukee Bucks

We’ve got ourselves a series now.  Milwaukee’s big guns were essential in erasing the 2-0 series deficit and winning both games in Milwaukee.  In Game 4, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 34 points and team-high 12 boards.  Khris Middleton finished with 19 points and eight assists.  Sunday’s win is in large part because of a better 3-point shooting percentage for the Bucks.  In Games 1-3 they shot a combined 20-for-88 (22.7 per cent) from deep, but they nailed six triples by about the three-minute mark of the second quarter in Game 4.

Antetokounmpo has been one of the few consistent players on either team in the series.  He’s hit the 30-point mark in three of four games and is adjusting his shooting style.  After trying (and failing) to hit the 3-ball in Games 1-3, Antetokounmpo relied more on driving the net in Game 4.  P.J. Tucker has also had a great series.  He’s been a thorn in Kevin Durant‘s side and made three triples on Sunday, finishing the game with 13 points.

Brooklyn Nets

Maybe Brooklyn should check the lost-and-found because their offence has been M.I.A. for the last two games. With James Harden already sidelined, the Nets were also without Kyrie Irving for more than half of Game 4.  Irving left halfway through the second quarter on Sunday with a sprained ankle.  There’s been no update yet, but keep an eye on the injury report leading up to game time.  Harden was sidelined with a right hamstring strain just 43 seconds into Game 1.

The last of the Big Three will have to pick up the slack in the absences of Harden and Irving.  After the Irving injury, most of the defence shifted to focus on Durant.  Despite this, Durant still finished with a team-high 28 points and game-high 13 rebounds.  How he deals with Tucker will be the biggest obstacle for Durant.  Tucker is clearly getting under his skin, but without Harden and Irving in the lineup, Durant has to rise above the frustration for Brooklyn to win this series.

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