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The 2021 NBA Finals Game 5 betting preview is here!

This NBA Finals went from boring to epic in the span of one trip to Milwaukee.

After losing both Games 1 and 2 in fairly ugly fashion in Phoenix, the Bucks came home to Fiserv Forum and won Game 3 before pulling out an epic Game 4 victory thanks, in part, to Giannis coming up with the most iconic moment of his young career:

Game 5 heads back to Phoenix on Friday night, as the Suns will look to right the ship in front of their home crowd.

Will the Bucks continue on and win this series, or is a return to the desert all the Suns need to be able to get this thing turned back in their favor?

Let’s take a look at where the value lies for 2021 NBA Finals Game 5.

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2021 NBA Finals Game 5 Betting Preview

LINE: Phoenix (-4)
TOTAL: 218

I’m not entirely sure how Milwaukee did it, but in a game where Jrue Holiday played terribly, Devin Booker went bonkers and the Bucks were down for nearly the entire game, Milwaukee not only found a way to escape Game 4 with a win to tie the series, but they covered the (-5)!

What a massive, momentum-altering — and potentially series-changing — win for Giannis, the Bucks and the entire city of Milwaukee.

The question now becomes what happens in Game 5. As the saying goes, a series doesn’t start until a team wins a road game, and to date, no one has one a road game in this series.

Let’s start with what happened in Game 4. I actually thought the Suns outplayed the Bucks pretty thoroughly for the first three quarters. They were able to more or less keep Giannis in check, all things considered, and they got Booker to wake up while keeping Holiday in check. But the Suns missed a couple of open looks that would have turned an eight or nine point lead into a 12 or 15 point lead, leaving the door open for a Milwaukee run.

That’s exactly what happened down the stretch. The Bucks put the clamps down defensively, Khris Middleton got hot at the right time and Milwaukee stole a game they probably should not have won.

I’m not sure that’s replicaple.

Now, it’s important to note that Chris Paul has not handled Milwaukee’s small lineup well in this series, but I do think that heading back to Phoenix should help that. And at the end of the day, I do believe that this matchup is one that favors the Suns; their guards in ball-screens is something I want to back at all times.

So I’ll be back on the Suns in Game 5.

2021 NBA Finals Odds 

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PHOENIX (-150)
MILWAUKEE (+123)