NBA Finals betting tips: 4 picks for Bucks vs Suns Game 2
Jack Green makes his NBA predictions for Game 2 of the Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.
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Phoenix Suns (-5.5)
The Suns won Game 1 118-105 and look primed go up 2-0 for the third consecutive playoff series.
Monty Williams’ men are now 7-2 at home in the postseason, while the Bucks are 5-5 on the road and went 2-0 down against the Brooklyn Nets in the second round.
Giannis Antetokounmpo surprisingly returned for Milwaukee and played 35 minutes, but the two-time MVP was unable to prevent a comfortable win for Phoenix and the same result looks likely here.
Over 219.5 total points
Game 1 went over the total of 219 points and it’s worth taking the over again here given how potent these teams are offensively.
The Bucks and Suns ranked first and sixth respectively in points per game during the regular season and haven’t slowed down at all during the postseason.
There were 219+ points scored in seven of the Suns’ last 11 playoff games and this one should follow that trend.
Giannis Antetokounmpo over 26.5 points
Antetokounmpo scored 20 points in 35 minutes on his return from a knee injury that at one point looked likely to end his season.
Having come through Game 1 unscathed, the two-time MVP is likely to see more minutes on Thursday night and is a good bet to score at least 27 points, having averaged 29.7 across his last 10 playoff games.
Chris Paul over 21.5 points
Paul led all players with 32 points in Game 1, and the veteran point guard has now scored 22, 41 and 32 in his last three games.
CP3 has taken on more of a scoring role as the postseason has progressed. He’s averaged 25.6 points per game since the start of the second round and has scored at least 21 in six out of nine contests.
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