The 2021 NBA Finals could come to a close on Tuesday night. The Milwaukee Bucks are back at Fiserv Forum for Game 6 against the Phoenix Suns, leading the best-of-7 series 3-2 with a chance to clinch their first title since 1971. Giannis Antetokounmpo appears to be closing in on his first championship and a Finals MVP award. The Suns have lost three straight and will need to do everything right to force a Game 7 back in the desert.
Giannis enters the game as the favorite to win Finals MVP at -400. CP3 (+675) and Devin Booker (+600) have the best odds behind Giannis from the Suns. Ultimately, if the Bucks win, there’s a very good chance Antetokounmpo is your Finals MVP. If the Suns rally and win it all on Thursday, It’s a toss-up between Booker and CP3 with the young guard entering Game 6 with more of a shot.
As for odds on DraftKings Sportsbook, the Bucks are favored by 5 points at home in Game 6. The over/under is up to 222 points after we saw very little defense in Game 5 on Saturday. The Bucks are -195 on the moneyline while the Suns are +165. Most of the public is leaning on the Suns getting points and plus-odds on the moneyline.
In this file, we’ll be tracking all the latest updates during the game, providing stats so you can keep an eye on your player prop bets. We’ll also keep an eye on the betting splits and how the public did against the books in Game 6.
End of the fourth quarter — The Bucks are 2021 NBA champions! Milwaukee wins a fourth straight game after going down 2-0 to wrap up the series in six games. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the hero with 50 points in the clinching game at home. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday struggled offensively, but made key shots and chipped in defensively as well.
The under hit, causing losses for most of the betting public. Bucks -4.5 hit as well. Bucks on the moneyline hit, much to dismay of bettors according to DraftKings Sportsbook’s data.
Devin Booker and Chris Paul were admirable for the Suns, combining for 45 points in the loss. Phoenix had its chances often, but failed to generate good looks consistently and didn’t get much from Deandre Ayton.
This is Milwaukee’s first championship since 1970-71 and has been a long time coming. Antetokounmpo caps off his ascent as the NBA’s next superstar with a championship and likely Finals MVP trophy to go along with regular season MVP awards and a Defensive Player of the Year trophy. At 26, he’s going to be a force for a long time.
11:34 p.m. — Middleton hits a clutch jumper to give the Bucks a 102-96 lead with under a minute to go. Antetokounmpo has been elite, putting up 49 points in the contest. The Suns need some triples to go down to have a chance, but this looks like a title-clinching game for Milwaukee. The under will hit. Depending on what the Suns do here late, the spread will be impacted. Currently, Bucks -4.5 is going to hit.
11:22 p.m. — The Bucks lead the Suns 94-90. It’s been a banner game for Antetokounmpo, who’s got 45 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. Middleton and Holiday have combined to shoot 8-29, but Portis has stepped up with 16 points off the bench. Booker has 17 points for Phoenix and Paul’s got 24, but the guards are struggling to get easy looks and have made tough shots consistently. Just under five minutes left for either a Bucks championship or Game 7.
11:07 p.m. — The Bucks lead the Suns 84-82 early in the fourth quarter in a game that has seen some unlikely contributors. Frank Kaminsky is playing key minutes for the Suns while Bobby Portis has chipped in with 14 points off the bench for Milwaukee. The under is going to hit and Suns +4.5 is looking good as well. It’s about to be a crazy finish.
End of the third quarter — The Bucks and Suns are tied 77-77 and it’ll all come down to the final quarter. Either Milwaukee will be a title team or Phoenix will force a Game 7 at home. Antetokounmpo is up to 37 points and 10 rebounds. Devin Booker has 15 points for Phoenix. Paul will come back in the game soon after sitting out the end of the third quarter. The officials have let the teams play hard and there’s been a lot of contact on both sides.
10:44 p.m. — Ayton has four fouls and has not done much on either side of the court so far with 10 points and five rebounds. He’s 3-10 from the floor. The Bucks are leading the Suns 68-63.
10:42 p.m. — Brook Lopez just brought the house down.
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10:35 p.m. — The Bucks have taken the lead back 58-55 with Antetokounmpo leading the way. He’s got 29 points and 10 rebounds and more importantly, is demanding the ball in the post. The Suns had gotten into a groove with Paul running pick-n-rolls but missed some shots and had a few bad turnovers of late.
Halftime — Both teams picked up the pace offensively in the second quarter. The Suns fought back from a 13-point deficit to hold a 47-42 lead at the break. Paul has 13 points on 6-10 shooting while Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks with 17 points and seven rebounds. Suns +4.5 is looking good at the moment, as is the under. Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday, the stars of Game 5, have shot 4-19.
Here’s the current spread, over/under and moneyline odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Bucks are still favored but at -1.5. The over/under is now 201.5. Milwaukee is -110 on the moneyline while Phoenix is -120.
9:55 p.m. — The Bucks had a 29-16 lead after the first quarter, but the Suns have come back to tie the game 33-33. Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton have struggled, combining to go 3-13 from the floor. Both teams have not been able to score, meaning the under is very much in play right now.
9:20 p.m. — It’s 6-5 Bucks at the first timeout and both teams have been awful offensively. They’ve combined to go 4-16 from the floor and have three turnovers each. Giannis Antetokounmpo has four points for Milwaukee early. Bettors who took the under are excited about this start.
9:15 p.m. — It’s been a rough start for both teams with some sloppy turnovers and poor shooting. Both teams have one basket in the first three minutes and change. Not looking good for bettors who took the over.
8:58 p.m. — Let’s take a look at the final spread, over/under and moneyline numbers before tip-off. The Bucks are favored at -4.5, which is slightly down from the -5 earlier. The over/under have moved to 220.5 after being as high at 222. Milwaukee is -180 and Phoenix is +155 on the moneyline.
Suns starting lineup
Bucks starting lineup