The Phoenix Suns enter Game 2 of the 2021 NBA Finals with a 1-0 lead on the Milwaukee Bucks. This is a huge game for both sides. If the Bucks can steal home court advantage it gives them all the momentum going back to Milwaukee. If the Suns can get the win and go up 2-0, historically, there’s a slim chance they lose the series. Let’s take a look at some betting splits for Game 2 via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Below is a look at the betting splits among bettors at DraftKings Sportsbook.
After the Suns won 118-105 in Game 1 with Giannis healthy, it’s not too surprising the public is backing Phoenix at -5 at 57 percent of the bets. The Bucks were poor on both ends of the court and Antetokounmpo wasn’t aggressive enough. If the Suns stick to their game plan and Chris Paul keeps it up, Phoenix has a decent shot of covering the spread (even in a close game). It could be a back-door cover situation.
The O/U is up to 220.5 after being around 217-219.5 for Game 1. The over cleared in Game 1 by a decent margin at 223 total points. There’s reason to think the Bucks clamp down a bit on offense but there’s also a few trends that could play for the over. Devin Booker had an off night shooting and had plenty of good looks. He was able to get most of his points from the free throw line. Jae Crowder almost put up a goose egg and was ice cold from outside. Not that he’s a flamethrower usually, but you’ expect the veteran to hit a few open 3s. I would lean on the under at 220 slightly or see how things play out in-game. Right now, the under is getting the most action from the public.
Most of the public is backing the Suns on the ML. There seem to be more scenarios in whic the Suns end up winning at home than the Bucks steal the game. A low-scoring affair that could come down to a final possession generally favors the home team and the Suns have more capable scorers to hit that shot (CP3, Book, Crowder, Mikal Bridges). The fact the spread bets are more in favor of Milwaukee compared to the ML bets would suggest a close game; the public thinks the Bucks have a better chance of covering 5 points than actually winning (aka losing by less than 5).
Note: Splits are updated as of 6:45 p.m. ET.
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