After a pair of impressive 2021 NBA Playoffs series wins in the first round, the Milwaukee Bucks will meet the Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference semifinals beginning with Game 1 on Saturday. By virtue of the superior regular season record, the Nets hold home-court advantage in the opener at Barclays Center. The Nets made quick work of the Boston Celtics in the first round, with the Bucks avenging a 2020 loss to the Miami Heat. Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) is out of action for Milwaukee, with Jeff Green (foot) ruled out for Brooklyn.
Tip-off is schedule for 7:30 p.m. ET from the Barclays Center. Brooklyn is the four-point favorite, down half a point from the opening line, in the latest Nets vs. Bucks odds at William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 239.5. Before finalizing any Bucks vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Bucks in the NBA Playoffs 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Bucks vs. Nets:
Bucks vs. Nets spread: Nets -4Bucks vs. Nets over-under: 239.5 pointsBucks vs. Nets money line: Nets -185, Bucks +165MIL: The Bucks are 4-5-1 against the spread in the last 10 gamesBKN: The Nets are 8-1-1 against the spread in the last 10 games
Featured Game | Brooklyn Nets vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Why the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee was dominant in its first-round series as the Bucks not only avenged their playoff exit to the Miami Heat last year, but they also engineered the only sweep of this postseason thus far. Reigning two-time MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is the catalyst for Milwaukee’s attack but he has more help this year than ever before. Khris Middleton is averaging 21.5 points per game on 49.2 percent shooting and he showed he has the clutch gene by knocking down the game-winner vs. Miami in Game 1. Newcomer Jrue Holiday has been the two-way player that Milwaukee was lacking at the point guard position and he ranks among the top five this postseason in assists (9.8) and steals (2.3).
Even though Milwaukee will be without DiVincenzo, it has incredible depth at every position. The Bucks had 10 players averaging at least 15 minutes per game in the regular season, including the playoff-tested P.J. Tucker on the wing. Bryn Forbes and Bobby Portis both come off the bench to average in double-figures and Milwaukee’s reserves have a clear advantage over the top-heavy Nets
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn’s talent is overwhelming and the Nets boast the NBA’s best offense as a result. The Nets have three legitimate superstars in James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, with each bringing a varied skill set to the table. Durant leads the team in scoring so far in the playoffs, averaging 32.6 points per game, and he is one of the NBA’s best shot-makers. Harden is the team’s best distributor, averaging 10.6 assists per game in the postseason, and he is a remarkable pick-and-roll operator.
Irving is a dynamic one-on-one scorer, breaking down the opposition with elite handles and averaging 24.8 points per game in the playoffs. Brooklyn ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency during the regular season, scoring 117.3 points per 100 possessions. In the playoffs, the Nets have been even better, scoring a ridiculous 128.0 points per 100 possessions, and Milwaukee is set to operate without one of its best perimeter defenders DiVincenzo, weakening its resistance against Brooklyn’s guards.
How to make Bucks vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 231 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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