Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jun 24, 2021

NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks

Hawks star point guard Trae Young made himself millions of dollars in endorsement money in the 116-113 victory in Game 1; Atlanta closed as an 8-point underdog.

Atlanta
41-31
AT
June 25, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
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Milwaukee
46-26
Pointspread +7.5 -120
Moneyline +270
Over / Under o +226

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Betting Action

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Pointspread -7.5 +100
Moneyline -340
Over / Under u +226

81%

Betting Action

19%

The Atlanta Hawks continue to surprise as they upset the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but NBA oddsmakers list the Bucks as fairly heavy home favourites again for Game 2 on Friday. The total is set at 226.5.

Hawks vs. Bucks NBA Playoff Odds

On the moneyline for Game 2, Milwaukee is -335 and Atlanta +275. The under 226.5 points is a very slight favourite – the total was 227.5 for Game 1.

Despite leading Game 1 and stealing home-court advantage, the Hawks are still +162 series underdogs (were +330) with the Bucks at -200 (were -556). The favoured result is now Milwaukee in seven at +260. An Atlanta sweep would pay +1800.

The Hawks are still +700 NBA title long shots. The Bucks are +150, having fallen behind the Phoenix Suns (+100) as favourites.

Atlanta is 13-6 against the spread in the past 19 meetings. The under is 4-1 in the previous five.

Atlanta Hawks

Hawks star point guard Trae Young made himself millions of dollars in endorsement money in the 116-113 victory in Game 1; Atlanta closed as an 8-point underdog. Not only was Young absolutely brilliant with 48 points – tying LeBron James for the most by a player at age 22 or younger in a conference or division finals game – and 11 assists, but he had two of the best highlights of the entire season. One was essentially a bounce pass off the backboard in traffic to John Collins, who dunked the ball. The second was a wide-open Young doing a little shimmy before attempting, and making, a three-pointer. It was pure theatre.

Collins had a big game with 23 points and 15 rebounds and so did Clint Capela with 12 points and 19 rebounds. Cam Reddish was active after not playing since late February due to injury but didn’t get in the game. The Hawks are the first team to win Game 1 on the road in three series within a postseason since the 1998-99 Knicks. Atlanta is 8-3 ATS in its past 11 after a win.

Milwaukee Bucks

Coach Mike Budenholzer was criticised for some of his decision-making in the previous serious vs. the Nets, and many are wondering why the Bucks didn’t double-team/trap Trae Young more in Wednesday’s Game 1 vs. the Hawks to get the ball out of his hands. Young scored or assisted on 72 of the Hawks’ 116 points. Milwaukee had been unbeaten at home in these playoffs.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Bucks, and Jrue Holiday added 33 points and 10 assists. However, Khris Middleton was just 6-for-23 from the field and was 0-for-9 from deep, including missing the potential tying three-pointer in the final seconds. He struggled early in the Nets series, too, which is why Milwaukee was down 2-0 there. The Bucks were only 8-for-36 from deep in Game 1. Expect them to be better and win Game 2, but again that spread is way too big.

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