Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 6 Prediction, Playoff Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Jun 16, 2021

Kevin Durant is coming off one of the best performances of his career, playing every second of Game 5 and finishing with a 49-point triple-double.

Brooklyn
48-24
AT
June 17, 2021, 8:30 PM ET
Fiserv Forum
Milwaukee
46-26
Pointspread +5 -110
Moneyline +170
Over / Under o +220.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Pointspread -5 -110
Moneyline -200
Over / Under u +220.5

75%

Betting Action

25%

Kevin Durant‘s historic performance in Brooklyn’s 114-108 Game 5 comeback win gave the Nets a 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks, but if Brooklyn wants to close this series out in Game 6, they’ll need to do it on the road without Kyrie Irving.

Milwaukee is a 5.5-point favourite to win Game 6 on the NBA odds, with a total of 220.

Nets vs. Bucks NBA Playoff Odds

With a chance to clinch the series, Sports Interaction bettors are backing the Nets at an overwhelming 84 per cent majority.  The Over/Under is seeing a similar split, with about 90 per cent of action taking the Over.  Keep in mind, Tuesday’s Game 5 total was a push, but the first four games of this series have all gone Under.  Brooklyn has jumped to a -303 favourite to win the series and a +160 favourite to win the NBA Championship.

The Nets have been a great cover option, going 13-2 against the spread in their last 15 games.  They’re 12-3 straight up in those games, but it’s worth noting they’re 7-13 SU over their last 20 games in Milwaukee.  The total has gone Under in eight of Brooklyn’s last 12 road games.

It may be do-or-die time for Milwaukee, but home court bodes well for this team.  They’ve been absolutely dominant at Fiserv Forum, winning their last 12 home games.  The total has gone Under in six of the Bucks’ last seven games against Brooklyn.  The Bucks are now +200 dogs to win the series.

Brooklyn Nets

It didn’t look good for Brooklyn early on in Game 5, as they trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half.  The second half, however, was all Durant and the Nets.  Durant has been averaging close to 40 minutes per game throughout the playoffs, but one-upped himself by playing every minute of game-time on Tuesday.  The former league MVP finished with a game-high 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists, making him the first player in NBA playoff history to put up a 45/15/10 stat line.

James Harden should be thanking his superstar teammate today, after Durant’s performance overshadowed Harden’s sluggish return to the lineup.  Harden returned to the lineup after leaving 43 seconds into Game 1 with a hamstring injury and he looked rusty in his return.  He played 46 minutes, but only managed five points on 1-of-10 shooting.  Harden did have eight assists and six rebounds, but he also committed four of Brooklyn’s nine turnovers.

With Harden off his game and Irving not in the lineup, Jeff Green also stepped up for the Nets.  Green finished with a playoff career-high 27 points, including a playoff career-high seven 3-pointers.  Irving has already been ruled out of Game 6 because of an ankle sprain suffered in Game 4.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks can look to a second-half dismantling, for why they lost this game.  After looking like they were in control at the break, Milwaukee was outscored 71-51 in the last half of the game.  They did have five players hit double-digit points, but it still wasn’t enough.  Giannis Antetokounmpo had a solid game on Tuesday, but he just didn’t hit the superman level of Durant.  The Greek Freak finished with 34 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.  It was his seventh straight double-double and the encouraging thing is, it looks like he’s finally figured out the Nets’ defence.

You can’t say Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday had bad performances in Game 5, but facing elimination, they’ll both need to be even better in Game 6.  Middleton finished with 25 points, four rebounds and five assists.  Holiday finished with 19 points, three rebounds and eight assists.

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