Nets vs. Bucks: Game 6 betting odds, preview, and pick
The Brooklyn Nets took control of their second round series with a Game 5 win. Can the Milwaukee Bucks stay alive at home?
We have the betting odds and preview you need before Game 6 tips off at 8:30 p.m. ET at Fiserv Forum.
Fri, June 18 2021, 12:40 AM
KD is doing it all
Kevin Durant did everything humanly possible to win Game 5 for the injury riddled Nets on Tuesday night. He put up 49 points, 17 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, and blocks blocks. He shot 16-23 from the field and 13-16 from the free throw line. Oh yeah, he also played every single second of Game 5!
Durant had to step up with no Kyrie Irving and a clearly nowhere near 100% James Harden. He is shooting 50.4% from the field and averaging 33.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in this series. He is quite literally doing it all.
Harden is not fully recovered from his hamstring strain and Irving has already been ruled out for Game 6. Once again, KD will be relied upon to carry a heavy load. However, after playing the full 48 minutes just two days ago, he is going to need some help from guys like Joe Harris, Jeff Green, and Blake Griffin.
Home is where the wins are
Thus far in this series, the home team has won every game. It is not too surprising though, given that the Bucks went 26-10 at home in the regular season and are 4-0 in this postseason. Meanwhile, the Nets struggled on the road this season, going 20-16 in the regular season and 1-3 in the postseason.
The Bucks are also 29-8 at home this season when they are the favorites, and they will be again in Game 6. On the other hand, the Nets are 6-8 on the road when they are the underdog.
Which role players will step up?
It is time for the role players for each team to step up and become heroes for a day. Durant cannot keep playing 48 minutes of A+ basketball. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton cannot be the only two threats for the Bucks, either.
For the Nets, Griffin has been inconsistent, but he had a big influence in two of the three wins this series. Harris has completely fallen off since Game 2, and has shot 6-30 from the field in the past three games. Green returned from injury in Game 4, and had a massive Game 5 with 27 points. He may be the leading candidate to step up for a big Game 6.
For the Bucks, Jrue Holiday was supposed to be a good third scoring option. However, he is only shooting 40% from the field and averaging 14.4 points per game in this series. P.J. Tucker was brought in for extra depth at the trade deadline, but he has been solely a defender in this series, as he is only averaging 4.4 points per game.
I still like the Bucks to win this game and send it to a Game 7. However, the point total is just a little too high here. I believe we will see a game similar to Game 3 that was low scoring and came down to the final possession. I see the Bucks winning a close game with both teams barely reaching 100 points each.
Once again, this number is just set too high. The highest "PAR" Giannis has tallied in this series is 50, and that was just last game. In the first round, his highest number was 50 as well. I understand he will be expected to have a big Game 6, but this projection is too ambitious.