Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 7/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (+5.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the site where and the Phoenix Suns (51-21) will take on the Milwaukee Bucks (46-26) on Thursday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The spread on this contest has Phoenix as 5.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 220.5.
The Bucks walked away from Game 1 with a loss by a score of 118-105. Milwaukee walked away from the contest having earned a 45.5% FG percentage (40 of 88) and converted 16 out of their 36 3-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Bucks converted 9 of 16 tries for a percentage of 56.3%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they collected a total of 47 with 9 of them being offensive. They also distributed 21 dimes for the matchup in addition to forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and getting 4 steals. Concerning defending, Milwaukee allowed the other team to go 46.6% from the field on 41 of 88 shooting. Phoenix distributed 18 assists and had 9 steals for this game. Moreover, Phoenix had 43 rebounds (6 offensive, 37 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Phoenix finished shooting 96.2% at the charity stripe by making 25 of 26 tries. They knocked down 11 out of their 34 tries from distance.
Khris Middleton is a player who was a major factor in the matchup. He accounted for 29 points on 12 of 26 shooting. He saw the court for 44:33 minutes and pulled down 7 boards. Middleton finished shooting 46.2% from the field and also earned 4 assists. One more player that was a contributor in the matchup for the Bucks was Giannis Antetokounmpo. He snagged 17 rebounds in 35:21 minutes on the basketball court. He finished 54.5% from the field in the matchup by connecting on 6-of-11 (20 points). Overall, Antetokounmpo had accumulated 4 assists.
Milwaukee enters this one with a win-loss record of 46-26 this season. They average 120.1 pts per game (1st in the NBA) while going 48.7% from the floor. The Bucks are hitting 38.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (1,038 of 2,669) and 76.0% from the charity stripe. As a team, Milwaukee is grabbing 48.1 boards per game and has accounted for 1,834 assists for the season, which ranks 14th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.8 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.3 fouls per game. On the defensive end of the court, the Bucks have forced 13.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are conceding 38.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are 22nd in the NBA in points per game allowed (114.2). The Bucks defense is allowing a FG percentage of 45.6% (947 of 1,320) and they concede 43.4 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 17th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,804 relinquished so far this season.
In their Game 1 win, the Suns were able to corral 37 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 43 in the game. They also coughed up the ball 9 times, while getting 9 steals in this matchup. The Bucks earned 18 personal fouls for this contest which got the Suns to the free throw line for 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throws for a percentage of 96.2%. When discussing shooting from distance, Phoenix converted 11 out of 34 attempts (32.4%). Overall, the Suns went 41 for 88 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 46.6%. The Suns permitted the Bucks to convert 40 of 88 attempts from the floor which had them sitting at 45.5% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 44.4% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 16 of 36 and finished the game at 9 out of 16 from the free throw line (56.3%). In relation to rebounding, Phoenix permitted Milwaukee to get 47 in all (9 offensive).
Chris Paul ended up being a major contributor for the Suns in this contest. He knocked down 12 out of 19 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 63.2%, and totaled 4 rebounds. Paul recorded 32 points in his 37:22 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 9 dimes in this contest. Another guy that was pivotal for Phoenix was Devin Booker. He accumulated 6 dimes in 41:53 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 21 from the floor. Booker wrapped this one up going 38.1% from the floor and also earning 27 points and 2 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 51-21 on the campaign. Phoenix has tallied 8,300 pts this year (115.3 per contest) and they pull down 42.9 rebounds per game. The Suns are responsible for committing 19.1 fouls per contest while shooting 83.4% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Suns are shooting 49.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 2nd in the NBA. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per game (3rd in the NBA) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.5 times per contest. The Suns are ranked 7th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 109.5. They allow 22.9 dimes and 42.7 rebounds per game, which is ranked 4th and 9th in basketball. The Phoenix defense allows 35.4% on shots from 3-point land (836 of 2,359) and their opposition makes 77.8% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing their opponents into 13.6 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (15th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix (-5.5) and over 220.5 points
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