Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 3 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 09, 2021

After a blowout loss in Game 2, Milwaukee is hoping a return to home court for Game 3 is what they need to get back in this series. The Bucks have won 10 straight home games.

Brooklyn
48-24
AT
June 10, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee
46-26
Pointspread +3 -115
Moneyline +120
Over / Under o +234

71%

Betting Action

29%

Pointspread -3 -105
Moneyline -140
Over / Under u +234

71%

Betting Action

29%

The Brooklyn Nets absolutely crushed the Milwaukee Bucks, taking Game 2 of the second-round series by a score of 125-86.  The 39-point margin is a franchise record for the Nets, who now lead the series 2-0.

Brooklyn is a 3.0-point favourite to win Game 3 on the NBA odds, with a total of 235.

Nets vs. Bucks NBA Playoff Odds

After Game 2’s blowout, there’s almost no one left in Milwaukee’s corner, with just under 90 per cent of betting action taking the Nets in Game 3.  Bettors are slightly favouring the Under for this game, which makes sense, given that the total has gone Under in four straight games between these teams.

Brooklyn doesn’t look like they’re slowly down anytime soon, improving to 11-1 straight up over their last 12 games.  The Nets have covered in nine of their last 10 games and hit the Under in four of seven playoff games this year.  They’re a heavy -500 favourite to win this series.  Brooklyn is also a -278 favourite to win the Eastern Conference and +110 favourite to win the NBA Championship.

The Bucks are hoping home court is what they need to get back in this series, as they’ve won 10 straight games at Fiserv Forum.  They’re also 9-3 SU in their last 12 home games against Brooklyn.  The total has gone Under in four of Milwaukee’s last six games.  They’re now +350 dogs to win the series.  The Bucks have also dropped to +700 to win the conference and +1400 to win the league.

Brooklyn Nets

No James Harden, no problem for the Nets in Game 2.  Brooklyn didn’t give the Bucks a chance to even think about an attack plan, as they led 36-19 after the first quarter.  Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving outscored the entire Milwaukee team by themselves in the quarter, combining for 22 points.  Durant would finish with a game-high 32 points and was 12-for-18 from the floor and 4-for-6 from long range.  Irving finished the night with 22 points, five rebounds and six assists.

Look out for Blake Griffin as the Nets get deeper into the playoffs.  Since signing with Brooklyn in March, Griffin is starting to look like the star player he was when he was with the Clippers.  After a double-double in Game 1, Griffin finished Game 2 with seven points and eight rebounds on 3-for-4 shooting.

The secondary scoring from the bench is making the biggest difference in this series.  Brooklyn’s role players, like Mike James and Nic Claxton, are winning the tough battles, crashing the glass and making unselfish plays.  Claxton finished Game 2 with four rebounds, while James had 10 points and three assists.  James has played 54 minutes in this series, proving to be a steady point guard and providing solid outside shooting.

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee looked completely overwhelmed in Game 2 and never really had a shot right from the start.  The duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton was held to just two points on 1-for-10 shooting in the first quarter.  Antetokounmpo finished with a team-high 18 points, his second-lowest total of the postseason, although he did put up 11 boards.

Despite having the second-highest point total on the team in Game 2, Middleton struggled more than anyone.  He started the game 0-for-8 from the floor and didn’t hit his first shot until there was only 2:35 left in the first half and the Bucks were trailing 60-35 at that point.  Middleton finished the game with 17 points on 7-for-20 shooting from the field in 34 minutes of action.

The Bucks need Brook Lopez to be better if they’re going to get back in this series.  In the first round against Miami, Lopez was one of Milwaukee’s best players.  He was a huge presence on the floor, using his size to dominant the paint offensively.  The problem now, is Brooklyn is shooting better than Miami did.  The Nets are a threat to hit outside shots and they’re putting Lopez in screen action as much as possible.  This is putting the Bucks’ defence in rotation and opening up outside shots for Brooklyn.  If Milwaukee can’t find a way to stop this, Game 3 could be just as brutal as Game 2.

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