Brooklyn Nets (55-27) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (52-29)
June 17, 2021 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5; Over/Under: 220
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The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Playoffs Semifinals at the Fiserv Forum. The Nets will advance to their first conference final since 2002-03 with a victory here. The Bucks need a win here to save their season and force a game seven on Saturday.
The Brooklyn Nets are averaging 115 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Kevin Durant is averaging 33.1 points and 4.4 assists while Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.7 points and 5.8 rebounds. James Harden is the third double-digit scorer and Joe Harris is dishing 1.7 assists. The Brooklyn Nets are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 89.2 percent from the free throw line. The Brooklyn Nets are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 107.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.4 points and 13.3 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 21.7 points and four assists. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 69.4 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.3 rebounds per game.
The Nets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. The Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-0-1 in Nets last 6 overall. The under is 4-0-1 in Bucks last 5 overall. The Nets are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 6-0-1 in the last 7 meetings.
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The Bucks should be favored in this game, but we can also say the same thing about game five. The bottom line is the Bucks lack a killer instinct, their best player only has one move offensively and their coach makes zero adjustments. The Nets are banged up, Harden doesn’t look good and Durant just played 48 minutes on Tuesday. The Bucks should win this game, but the truth is I don’t have much trust in this team. I feel much more comfortable grabbing the points.