The 2021 NBA Finals roll on with a Thursday evening matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET in Phoenix. Milwaukee will aim to tie the series after losing Game 1, while Phoenix is looking to take early control of the best-of-seven matchup.
The Suns are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Bucks vs. Suns odds from William Hill Sportsbook. For Game 2, the over-under for total points is set at 221 (see up-to-date odds for every game on our NBA odds page).
SportsLine analyst Larry Hartstein has identified the right side to back in his analysis below. Hartstein is a blistering 59-33 on his last 92 ATS picks involving the Suns, a stretch that has made bettors more than $2,300.
The Suns were dominant in Game 1, leading by double-digits most of the second half. Phoenix is on a red-hot run at the free-throw line, making 87 percent of their attempts in the playoffs, and they have plenty of shot creation with Devin Booker and Chris Paul. Paul scored 32 points in the final three quarters of the opener, and the Bucks seemingly had no answer in pick-and-roll coverage.
Milwaukee did sustain success as a perimeter shooting team, making 16 3-pointers. That presents optimism for the rest of the series, and the presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo is encouraging for the Bucks. He is a two-way force as a former two-time NBA MVP, and the Bucks out-scored the Suns in the minutes that he was on the floor in Game 1.
Hartstein has locked in confident picks for Bucks vs. Suns Game 2. We can tell you he's leaning Over the total, but he know multiple crucial X-factors makes one side a MUST-BACK! You ABSOLUTELY need to see what it is before locking in any picks of your own.
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