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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 2
(2-0) Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks (0-2)
Date: Thursday, June 10th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
NBA Moneyline Odds: Nets +150 | Bucks -155
NBA Betting Odds: Bucks -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 234
Game 3 of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks takes place on Thursday, June 10th with the venue switching to Fiserv Forum. Through two games the Nets have dominated despite not having James Harden for more than one minute.
In what was tagged as potentially being a hotly contested series the Nets have made the Bucks look like a far inferior squad.
Up 2-0, there is no need to rush back James Harden who played all of 43 seconds in the opening match. Although the Nets were expected to perform well the ease with which they are winning is shocking.
The 125-83, Game 2 victory punctuates the rout but in truth, the match was over in the first quarter behind a 36-19 Nets effort who went on to win all four quarters.
Kevin Durant led the way with 32 points in 33 minutes on a highly efficient 12 of 18 including four of six 3-pointers. Kyrie Irving contributed 22 points on 9 of 17 with four 3-pointers and both stars dished six dimes.
Joe Harris (13), Bruce Brown (13), and Mike James (10) all reached double-digits in this offensive feast with the Nets reserves outscoring Milwaukee 38 to 26.
Brooklyn shot 50 percent from the perimeter connecting on 21 of 42 deep balls giving them a 39 point advantage (Bucks shot 8 of 27).
Color me surprised by the effort of the Bucks in Game 2. Like most analysts I expected Milwaukee to play with more physicality and a much greater sense of purpose. Instead, their effort wasn’t even up to their Game 1 standards.
Accentuating that point was their NINE free throw attempts. To put that in perspective in the last two seasons Giannis Antetokounmpo averaged 9.75 attempts and in the last two postseasons, averaged 10.1 attempts while he got to the line on 8.2 occasions versus Miami.
During the season, Nets’ opponents averaged 26 free throw attempts per game. In Round 1, Boston got to the stripe 27.4 times per game. Teams play to their identity so Milwaukee’s failure to get to the line speaks more to their effort — or lack thereof.
In Game 2, Antetokounmpo registered a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. While he likely needs to shoot more (8 of 15) it’s more important he exerts his will scoring in the paint.
The bigger issue is Khris Middleton who is shooting 30.2 percent from the field (13 of 43) and 23 percent from deep (3 of 13) through two games. Brook Lopez (10 points) and Jrue Holiday (13 points) can help out but their role is tied more to rebounding and defense.
- The teams are 5-5 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-6 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks NBA Prediction:
While the Nets are offensively gifted it was the Bucks (120.1) not Brooklyn (118.6) who led the league in points per game and ranked significantly higher defensively (9th versus 22nd).
The simple truth is the Bucks aren’t playing with energy which was highlighted by a mere 12 personal fouls, feeble nine free throws, 16 turnovers, failing to win hustle categories, or dominate the glass (plus 2).
It already feels like it would be asking too much for Milwaukee to win four of the next five games but the trio of Antetokounmpo, Middleton and Lopez only need to reflect back two seasons when they led the Raptors 2-0 then lost four games in a row.
This is a must-win match and will tell us a lot about this Bucks squad. If they accept the challenge to make this a series then they should live in the paint and aggressively defend particularly Durant who can’t be stopped but doesn’t like to deal with physical defense.
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