Nets vs. Bucks Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated May 02, 2021

Khris Middleton should see a lot of action on Sunday. The two-time All-Star is Milwaukee's second-highest scorer and is shooting a career-best 42 per cent from beyond the arc.

Brooklyn
44-24
AT
May 02, 2021, 3:30 PM ET
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee
43-24
Pointspread +2 -110
Moneyline +109
Over / Under o +243

61%

Betting Action

39%

Pointspread -2 -110
Moneyline -131
Over / Under u +243

61%

Betting Action

39%

It’s a battle between two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon, as the No. 1 Brooklyn Nets travel to Milwaukee to face the No. 3 Bucks.  The Nets won the earlier meeting between these teams this season with a 125-123 win in Brooklyn back in January.  James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo each had 34 points and a double-double in the January game, but they’ll both be out of action for the start of this two-game set.

The Bucks are 2-point favourites to win on the NBA odds with a total of 244.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Brooklyn stands atop the Eastern Conference with a 43-21 record.  They’re 33-31 against the spread overall and they’ve covered in eight of their last 11 games.  Known all year as an offence-only team, the Nets defence has improved greatly over the last couple weeks, helping them go Under the total in four of their last six games.  It’s worth noting though, six of the last seven games between these teams in Milwaukee have hit the Over.

The Bucks have been great at home this year, going 20-10 at Fiserv Forum.  They’re 29-34 ATS and have covered in six of their last seven games against Eastern Conference teams.  The total has gone Under in four of Milwaukee’s last five games.

Brooklyn Nets

The Nets’ four-game winning streak came to an end with a 128-109 loss to Portland on Friday.  Without Harden and Kevin Durant on Friday, who are both dealing with hamstring injuries, it was up to Kyrie Irving to lead the team.  Irving finished with a team-high 28 points in the contest.  He’ll also likely be the key factor on Sunday.  Irving is averaging nearly 27 points and 6.3 assists per game and shooting 50 per cent from the floor. As far as the injury report goes, it’s reportedly a small tweak for Durant and he’ll be fine to suit up on Sunday.  There’s no timetable for Harden on the other hand, and he hasn’t played since April 5.

Milwaukee Bucks

It doesn’t look like Milwaukee is interested in rushing Antetokounmpo back into action too soon and risking further injury.  The reigning MVP and Defensive Player of the Year is dealing with a sprained ankle and resting him before the playoffs is probably the priority for the Bucks at this point.  That leaves ample opportunity for players like Khris Middleton to see more action.  The two-time All-Star is the second-highest scorer for Milwaukee this season, behind Antetokounmpo.  Middleton is averaging 20.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He’s also shooting a career-best 42 per cent from beyond the arc and he’ll be a key piece for the Bucks on Sunday.

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