NBA Playoff Betting June 17, 2021 – Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks

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Phil Simon
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The Milwaukee Bucks let Game 5 slip away and now they face elimination when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Nets may have been boosted by the return of James Harden, but it was Kevin Durant delivering a historic effort that even drew the praise of Milwaukee’s two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Durant played the entire game scoring 49 points sending the Nets within one win of reaching the conference finals. The Bucks have yet to lose at home this postseason and must continue that streak to keep their season alive.

Brooklyn Nets at Milwaukee Bucks
Date and Time: Thursday, June 17, 2021, 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Opening NBA Odds: Milwaukee -5.5, O/U 221
Nets at Bucks TV Coverage: ESPN

Odds Analysis

In a series dominated by the home team it’s Milwaukee’s turn on Thursday night. The Bucks have yet to lose a home game this postseason, though it’s not like they haven’t tried. Forging a series tie by winning twice at Fiserv Forum, the Bucks nearly let a big lead slip away in Game 4 before holding on for a 107-96 win. In Game 5 they succeeded in blowing a huge advantage and face being eliminated in the second round for the second straight season. Milwaukee opened as a 5.5-point favorite in Game 6, which would be the largest spread in any game of the series. The good news for Milwaukee is that they are perfect this postseason and against the Nets in all games at home going 4-0 SU in both scenarios. The Bucks scored a series-high 108 points on Tuesday but were still well below their league-leading regular season average of 120.1 points. The UNDER is 4-0-1 in the first five games.

Brooklyn Nets

I guess as long as the Nets have Durant it doesn’t matter who else is on the floor. The return of Harden, who missed all but 43 seconds of the first four games, may have helped, but the Beard did little on the floor as the hamstring issue that shelved him was an obvious issue. Harden played over 45 minutes scoring just five points on 1 of 10 shooting while misfiring on all eight of his three-point attempts. This might be Harden’s best chance to win an NBA championship and the former MVP pushed himself back into action with Kyrie Irving sidelined. You have to think that getting a game under his belt would only benefit the former scoring champ moving forward.

With Irving out and Harden not doing much the scoring load fell on Durant, and he delivered in a big way. Playing the entire game KD was 16 of 23 from the field scoring 49 points as the Nets overcame a disastrous 15-point first quarter and 17-point deficit to take the series lead. Durant did a little bit of everything adding 17 rebounds and 10 assists. “I know the perception of me is that I can score the basketball well, but any team that I’ve played on, I’ve been asked to do pretty much everything from rebounding to defending to initiating to scoring. I might not do it all the time but I do a little bit of everything,” KD said of his performance.

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Milwaukee Bucks

It’s not like the Bucks haven’t been in this situation before, but this one is different. They dropped the first two games of the series on the road, the second in humiliating fashion only to bounce back and rip off a pair of home wins to even the series. The Game 5 setback stung, though, leaving them on the verge of another early postseason exit. Can the Bucks bounce back again after letting a big lead slip away? They’ll have to in order to continue playing and they must find a way to contain Durant. One move might be having Antetokounmpo as the primary defender on Durant. The Freak rarely matched up against KD on Tuesday, a move that Mike Budenholzer will regret not making.

“I want to take the challenge. Obviously, everybody’s gonna have a chance to guard him, but I would love to go into Game, to be able to guard him. If coach wants me to do that, I’m ready for it,” Antetokounmpo said of defending Durant. Slowing down KD is an obvious concern, but the Bucks are still searching for offense. Giannis had another big game scoring 34 points, his third 30-point game of the series, but the Bucks are averaging just 98.8 points in the series.

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Without Irving and Harden playing on one leg, the Nets were still able to overcome a large deficit posting a dramatic win on Tuesday. Harden said he felt good after playing over 45 minutes and if there are no setbacks he should be more of a factor in Game 6. The Bucks won all four games against the Nets at home this season with Harden missing every game. He will be the difference as the Nets advance.

NBA Score Prediction: Nets 113, Bucks 110

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- Phil Simon, Gambling911.com

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