The 2021 NBA Playoffs roll on and Milwaukee will get a chance to get things back to even against Brooklyn as BetRivers.com is proud to provide a wide variety of Nets-Bucks Game 2 odds, props, teasers and daily specials. The Nets opened up the series with a 115-107 win in Game 1 on Saturday. The Nets were able to cover -4.5, but the 238.5 game total fell well under. James Harden suffered a hamstring in the first half of the Game 1 win for Brooklyn, and how Milwaukee adjusts will play a massive role in how this series plays out.
Longtime basketball writer Rob Dauster, the co-founder of The Field of 68 Podcast Network is here to provide his thoughts on the Nets-Bucks Game 2 odds and drops knowledge on the best bets worth a wager at BetRivers.com.
Before getting to the Nets-Bucks Game 2 odds, here is a look at the Nets-Bucks series outcome odds.
- To Advance: Nets (-220), Bucks (+175)
- Nets to Sweep (+850), Nets 4-1 (+350), Nets 4-2 (+400), Nets 4-3 (+350)
- Bucks 4-1 (+1100), Bucks 4-2 (+500), Bucks 4-3 (+500)
NETS-BUCKS GAME 2 ODDS: PREVIEW
#3 MILWAUKEE BUCKS (0-1) at #2 BROOKLYN NETS (1-0)
GAME 2: Monday, June 7. 7:30 p.m. ET. TNT
MONEYLINE: Nets -117 ML, Bucks -103 ML
SPREAD: Nets -1.5
OVER/UNDER: 236.5 points
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All it took was one minutes of one game for this series to get thrown into disarray. That’s when James Harden — ever heard of him? — was forced to leave the floor after aggravating a hamstring injury that forced him to miss 21 games this season. Without third of their Big Three, the Nets … didn’t really skip a beat? Kevin Durant looked great. Kyrie Irving looked great. Blake Griffin looked like he stepped into a time machine, and Mike James continued to play like the best in-season pickup any team made as the Nets cruised to a win.
This puts all kinds of pressure on Milwaukee in Game 2, as the Bucks may only have a limited window to be able to pick a game off of the Nets with Harden laid up; Game 3 is Thursday and Game 4 is Sunday, giving Harden a full week to rest up if he’s going to be back in Game 4.
Now, there are a couple of things to note here:
1. The Bucks shot 6-for-30 from three on the night, a number that actually looks better than it was thanks to a few garbage time threes. Milwaukee cannot win like this. That said, the shots they were getting weren’t bad shots. There’s a metric called Shot Quality — it measures exactly what you think it measures — and based on how good the looks were that Milwaukee got offensively, they were expected to score 128 points and win 58 percent of the time.
Put another way, Milwaukee got what they wanted. They just missed. That happens.
2. I can’t imagine that Blake Griffin is going to outplay Khris Middleton all that often. Milwaukee has zero chance to win if that’s the case. I expect both players to regress to the mean in Game 2.
3. You have to figure that Mike Budenholzer’s rotations are going to get trimmed. Are we really going to get 14 minutes from Jeff Teague or 17 minutes from Bobby Portis again? That seems suboptimal, even as Bud tries to figure out how exactly to replace Donte DiVincenzo and Jeff Green.
Having said all that, there are a couple of plays I like tonight.
For starters, I think the Bucks get the win. This is a backs-against-the-wall kind of a game, and I think they show up. Remember, in Game 1 against the Heat, they had a similarly weird shooting performance. What happened the rest of the series? The moneyline here is (+100). I’ll ride.
I also like the over. In Game 1, the total closed at 239.5 points. The total right now is 234.5 points. Based on Shot Quality’s data, Game 1 should have seen a total of 250 points scored. That number dropped quite a bit based on good shots being missed. I’ll buy the dip.