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Nets vs. Bucks pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 3

We go over some of the best betting options for the NBA second round 2021 NBA playoff matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Milwaukee Bucks v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images

The No. 2 seed Brooklyn Nets have absolutely dusted the No. 3 seed Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of their East semifinal series on Monday, routing them 126-86 to take a 2-0 lead.

With their backs against the wall, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks hope that the friendly home confines of Fiserv Forum will bring them enough good fortune to turn the tide of the series. Let’s take a look at the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook ahead of tip-off.

Nets vs. Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

Pick ATS: Brooklyn +4 (-109)

This is a prime spot for Milwaukee to get back into the series at 2-1 but the Nets won’t make it easy, even without James Harden.

Kevin Durant is continuing to play at an otherwordly level offensively, averaging 30.5 points per game on 55.8 percent shooting through two games in this series while also averaging seven rebounds and 4.5 assists. Kyrie Irving is also getting warmed up with 25 and 22 point games, respectively, while Joe Harris, Blake Griffin, and Mike James round out the BKN players averaging double digits so far.

There are a few other noticeable discrepancies that is keeping Brooklyn ahead, namely three-point shooting. The Nets are shooting a modest 44.4 percent from beyond the arc while the Bucks are firing an abysmal 24.6 percent from downtown. Another factor are turnovers. The Bucks have turned the ball over more than the Nets so far in this series, leading the Brooklyn capitalizing with an average of 20.5 points off turnovers through both games. If these trends keep up, expect the road team to put Milwaukee on the brink of a 3-0 deficit.

Player Prop: Brook Lopez over 20.5 points, rebounds, and assists (+100)

So far in this series, Lopez has averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists and notably, he has only taken two three-point attempts. With Milwaukee executing feeding off their home crowd, expect a few treys to be the difference in Lopez getting over the 20.5 threshold.

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