We have betting picks and predictions for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.
The Phoenix Suns took a 1-0 lead with a 118-105 win on Wednesday and they’ll be looking to double down on that effort.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was a surprise inclusion, but he wasn’t overly effective, so there are questions about his fitness.
We look at the best betting value for Game 2 at Phoenix Suns Arena, which is a key fixture in the series.
NBA Finals Game 2 Betting Tips
Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 Preview
We expected Chris Paul and the Suns to come out firing in Game 1 and we weren’t disappointed.
After taking a 30-26 lead after the first quarter, the Suns put more pressure on the second to take a seven-point halftime lead. However, it was the third quarter that would be the ultimate difference as the Bucks defence couldn’t stop Devin Booker and Chris Paul from catching fire.
Paul top scored with 32 points and nine assists and Booker chimed in with 27 points. De’Andre Ayton also had a big game with 22 points and 19 rebounds, which is a mammoth effort for the center.
Despite Jae Crowder scoring only one point on 0-8 shooting, the Suns were able to establish an early lead and never look back. They also played excellent defence, which put pressure on the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Antetokounmpo was a surprise starter, but the Bucks might have been better off with the Greek Freak off the court. He put up only 11 shots, which is a big drop in productivity for the two-time MVP winner.
Middleton stepped up with 29 points on 12-26 shooting, but when your best player puts up less shots than three other starters, it’s not a good sign.
He might have been better to wait for Game 2, but whatever the reason for his poor performance, he’ll need to be better to avoid going 0-2.
Phoenix owns a fantastic 27-9 record at home and the Bucks are just 20-16 on the road. Stealing a road win is important in the NBA Finals, but we’re not sure the Bucks have enough firepower to get it done.
They lean on Giannis to do most of the scoring and if he’s being heavily guarded in the paint, we don’t have enough confidence in his supporting crew to get it done.
Bookmakers have the Suns as –5.5-point favourites, which is a shorter line than Game 1. We see no reason to jump off their back and we’re expecting a similar score line on Friday.
Taking the Suns to take a commanding 2-0 lead and put firm pressure on the Bucks to win at home.
Bet: Phoenix Suns –5.5 @ $1.90 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Phoenix Suns vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 Prop Bets
We cashed with numerous prop bets in Game 1, including Ayton to score 15.5 points, Suns to cover the spread and to win the first quarter. It paid $4.50, so there is excellent prop betting value available throughout the NBA Finals.
Our first Game 2 prop bet involves Chris Paul and Brook Lopez. Sportsbet is paying $2.10 for Paul and Lopez to combine for three made three-pointers. Given how well Paul shot from deep in Game 1, we’re confident of this bet cashing.
We would also entertain Chris Paul 25+ points and Phoenix to win, which pays $3.50. Paul is capable of big scoring games as he showed on Wednesday, so it’s good value for punters to enjoy.
$2 is available for Paul to make two three-pointers and Phoenix to win. We’re confident the Suns will come out ahead and Paul is shooting well, so this option has a high chance of cashing.
For something out of left field, take Giannis Antetokounmpo to miss his first shot. He will be eager to get in the scorer’s column and he could force a bad shot. He is paying $2.12 to miss his first shot, which should take under a minute to result.
The top points scorer market is always worth betting into. Devin Booker is the $2.60 favourite and with good reason. Although Paul top scorer in Game 1, Booker took time to find his shot and his confidence will only grow as the series progresses.
Take Booker at $2.60 to lead all scorers.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.