NBA Finals Tips, Game 6

Bucks to Win & Giannis 35+ Points $3.00

The Bucks are in the box seat to win their second ever NBA title and first since 1971, when Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar both graced the court.

Milwaukee’s star trio of Giannis, Middleton and Holiday all delivered in a huge game 5, claiming the first away win of the series and tilting the 2021 NBA title odds heavily in their favour.

Giannis was at his stat stuffing best, dropping a team-high 32 points while contributing 9 boards and 6 assists.

Though for me, it was Jrue Holiday who was best on court, completely throwing Chris Paul off his game, while contributing 27 points, 13 assists and 3 steals of his own!

The Suns’ role players have already shown they can’t deliver on the road this series, with Booker the only man to post 20+ points in Milwaukee.

Despite Devin putting up back-to-back 40-point games, Phoenix just don’t have the pieces to match the Bucks on the defensive end.

I’m backing Giannis to secure his first NBA ring and Finals MVP trophy with another dominate display at the expense of the overachieving Suns.

NBA Finals Tips, Game 5

Bucks (+4) $1.90

The NBA Finals head back to Phoenix with the series tied at 2 games a piece!

Game 4 saw the Bucks overturn a 6-point deficit in the 4th quarter, largely that’s to Kris Middleton offensive masterclass.

Devin Booker finished game 4 with 42 points, unfortunately no-one else in his team got to the bucket at a consistent clip.

Milwaukee only shot 24% from beyond the arc in game 4, a stat which will likely increase next time out.

The Bucks defence has been the difference across the past two games, Ayton has largely been restricted to collecting boards while CP3 has been thrown off kilter by the intensity of Jrue Holiday.

Will momentum on their side I believe the Bucks are a huge chance of claiming the first away win of the series, that being said, I am more than happy to take them at the +4 currently on offer.

NBA Finals Tips, Game 4

Bucks to Win + Giannis 35+ Points $2.45

The Bucks bounce back from 2-0 down to claim their first win of the 2021 NBA Finals last time out.

The entire Milwaukee squad jump on Giannis’ back as the Greek Freak proceeded to drop his second straight 40-piece, with Holiday and Middleton chipping in with a combined 39-points.

Alternatively, the shots we not dropping for the Suns, who hit 29% from the arc after recording a ridiculous 50% from distance in game 2.

They say the series doesn’t officially start until the home team loses, as such I’ll be backing the Giannis to produce another stat stuffing performance to tie the series.

NBA Playoffs Tips, July 12

Suns (+4.5) $1.90

The Bucks are starring down the barrel of their third straight defeat in the 2021 NBA Finals.

The Suns are yet to put a foot wrong in this series, claiming double digit victories in both games 1 and 2!

Giannis put up a monster 42 points, which included 20 points in the 3rd quarter alone, but as has been the case for most of the post season, none of his teammates showed up to the party!

The bookies are backing Milwaukee to turn things around at home, and although I believe the Bucks will give it a good shake this morning, I think the Suns at +4.5 is an absolute steal.

NBA Finals Tips – Friday, July 9

Game 2: Phoenix Suns v Milwaukee Bucks (11:05am) - PHX Leads 1-0
Bucks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points) @ $1.90

Game 2 of the NBA Finals tips off on Friday from Phoenix with the Suns laying a healthy -5.5 against the spread.

Phoenix covered the same line quite comfortably on Wednesday in their 13-point win, in large part thanks to a clinical third quarter from Chris Paul and Milwaukee’s defensive problems down the stretch.

Despite what the scoreboard suggests, the Bucks were in the fight throughout the first half after Mike Budenholzer deployed a switch strategy to limit CP3 to just 11 points, while Devin Booker finished 0-for-3 from beyond the arc.

The Suns eventually found a way around Budenholzer’s strategy by setting screens, but I also think Milwaukee’s basic lack of effort in the second half went a long way to determining the outcome.

Jrue Holiday is a guy that really needs to step up after a lazy Game 1 performance, but on the positive side, the Bucks must feel pretty good about the fact they held Phoenix to below 35% from three.

If the Bucks can somehow pull together and play a full four quarters, they are very much a chance at leveling this series, especially with Giannis putting up a double-double despite looking less than 100%.

We know the Bucks are much better than their second-half effort on Wednesday, so I like them to cover what is still a generous spread.

NBA Finals Tips, Wednesday, July 6

Game 1: Phoenix Suns v Milwaukee Bucks (11:05am)
Bucks to Cover the Line (+5.5 Points)/Over 218.5 Total Points @ $3.70

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.

NBA Playoffs Tips, July 2

Over 215.5 $1.90

The Eastern Conference Finals return to Milwaukee with the series tied at 2-2.

The Bucks medical team has cleared Giannis of suffering any structural damage to his knee following a nasty fall in game 4, though the 2x MVP is likely to sit out this one with swelling.

This provides the Hawks with a massive opportunity to steal a game on the road, with Trae to return to a side who shot the lights out without him.

Out of the four remaining teams, the Bucks have the shallowest bench rotation. With Giannis out, they are going to be stretched on the defensive end.

With Giannis in the sheds I can see this game turning into a three point contest, as such I’ll be taking on the Overs here.

NBA Playoffs Tips, July 1

Los Angeles Clippers VS PHOENIX SUNS
Paul George Over 30.5 Points $1.87

The comeback Clippers are in full swing as Paul George put on a monster display to take the series to a Game 6!

PG13 dropped a game-high 41-points from a mere 20 FG attempts, 30 of which came in the 2nd half as the Clippers lead for the majority of the contest.

Despite all the online trolling, Paul George is the best player in this series and he is starting to believe in his ability to carry this unit without Kawhi.

I’m backing Playoff P to live up to his self-appointed nickname by stuffing the stat sheet in Game 6.

NBA Playoffs Tips, June 29

Deandre Ayton 35+ PRA $2.75

The Suns can book in their first NBA Championship appearance since 1993, with a win over the Clippers in Phoenix here.

The writing is on the wall for the Clippers, who will be without Kawhi for the seventh consecutive playoff fixture.

Deandre Ayton has been a revelation this series, the young centre has shown why the Suns took him above both Luka and Trae in the 2018 draft.

Ayton was the only player in the Suns starting five who hit above 40% from the field, while he also added 22 rebounds including 9 offensive boards!

The Clippers have no answer for Deandre and I’ll be backing him to continue to dominate on both ends of the court.

NBA Playoffs Tips, June 27

Reggie Jackson Over 19.5 Points $1.91

Ty Lue’s coaching genius continues to grow as the Clippers once again make the right adjustments to pull themselves back into a series.

One of the pieces Lue has been able to rely on is Reggie Jackson, the veteran guard has reinvented himself this post season.

Since Kawhi has been sidelined, Jackson has stepped up as the Clippers’ second scoring option, dropping 19+ points across his last five starts, hitting 3+ three pointers in each performance.

With Kawhi set to miss again, there’s no doubt in my mind that Reggie will once again entrusted to keep the scoreboard ticking over.