Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Game 7 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 18, 2021

Khris Middleton's 38-point night on Thursday was the difference as the Bucks and Nets will head to Brooklyn for Game 7, with a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals on the line.

Milwaukee
46-26
AT
June 19, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
Barclays Center
Brooklyn
48-24
Pointspread +2 -105
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +215.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

Pointspread -2 -115
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +215.5

24%

Betting Action

76%

For a time it looked like the Brooklyn Nets might stun Milwaukee again on Thursday, but the Bucks were able to pull out a 104-89 win to force a Game 7 in Brooklyn on Saturday.

The game opened as a pick’em on the NBA odds with a total of 215.

Bucks vs. Nets NBA Playoff Odds

Sports Interaction bettors seem sold on the Nets, with 70 per cent of action taking Brooklyn.  That number makes sense, given that the home team has won the last nine games between these teams.  The Over/Under is seeing a similar split, with 67 per cent of bettors taking the Over.  That split is a little more surprising, considering these teams haven”t hit the Over in eight straight head-to-heads.

Historically, Milwaukee has been the better team when these franchises meet, winning 13 of their last 20 games against Brooklyn.  The total has gone Under in five of six games in this series with one push.  The Bucks are +175 to win the Eastern Conference and +450 to win the NBA Championship.

The Nets have got to be happy to be back in Brooklyn, as they’ve won and covered in nine straight games at the Barclay’s Center.  Brooklyn is now a +110 favourite to win the Eastern Conference and a +210 favourite to win the NBA Championship.

Milwaukee Bucks

In a win-or-go-home Game 6 (forget the team actually was at home), Khris Middleton had possibly the best performance of his career.  He finished with a playoff career-high 38 points, going 11-for-16 from the field, 5-for-8 from three and 11-for-12 from the free-throw line.  Middleton’s shots came at big moments too.  He scored 11 of Milwaukee’s last 13 first half points to give the Bucks a sizeable lead at the break and a personal 6-0 run in the third quarter kept Brooklyn out of the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s stats were as good as they ever were on Thursday, but it’s the way he scored that seems to have changed for the positive.  Struggling to hit long shots all series, Antetokounmpo didn’t take a single shot from outside.  He did his damage in the paint, finishing the night with 30 points and 17 rebounds.  Like Middleton, Antetokounmpo was hitting shots when they mattered, with seven of his points coming late in the fourth quarter.

Brooklyn Nets

After Kevin Durant‘s historic Game 5 performance, it really looked like we were going to see it again on Thursday.  Durant had 12 points in the third quarter, hitting multiple seemingly impossible jump shots.  Unfortunately for Brooklyn, Durant started the fourth quarter with a long-range airball on his first touch, a turnover on his second touch and another missed 3-pointer on his third touch.  Durant still played well overall, finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.

A big part of Brooklyn’s comeback win in Game 5 was the play of Jeff Green and Blake Griffin.  Those performances weren’t there in Game 6, however.  In Game 5, Green and Griffin combined to shoot 10-for-14 from beyond the arc, while in Game 6 that number dropped to 2-for-8.  Other role players also struggled to shoot the long-ball, like Joe Harris, who went 1-for-4 from three.  After being held to less than 90 points in all three games in Milwaukee, the Nets will certainly be happy to be back at home for Game 7.

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