The Suns and the Bucks are left standing as we prepare for a very intriguing Finals series between two sides with very little success and experience.
After an injury plagued season that has taken its toll on both sides, the Suns have opened as -5.5 favourites ahead of their first Finals appearance since 1993, largely due to the potential absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Milwaukee, on the other hand, is returning to the Finals for the first time since 1974, with their one and only championship coming three years earlier.
The Greek Freak’s knee injury made betting very difficult in the final two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against Atlanta, and while there’s no official word just yet, it appears there’s a good chance he suits up after participating in on-court drills on Tuesday.
With or without Giannis though, the Bucks still might be a good bet to keep Game 1 respectable on the scoreboard.
If Antetokounmpo sits, the bulk of the work will land on the shoulders of Khris Middleton, who showed in Games 5 and 6 last week that he is capable of putting the team on his back with a combined 58 points.
The Bucks as a whole have also shown that they are a very tough team to overcome late in the game, which could be a problem for a very young and inexperienced Suns lineup.
After some worrying signs in the first round against Miami, the Bucks have gone on to win the fourth quarter in 12 of their 17 games throughout the postseason.
If they can save their legs for late, the Bucks to cover in a high-scoring game looks profitable.