- The Nets and Bucks face off for the second time in three nights on Tuesday, May 4th
- Milwaukee came out victorious on Sunday thanks to a brilliant performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo
- Get the odds, preview, and pick for this contest below
Well, it didn’t disappoint. The Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets met in a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday and it was a thrilling ride. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant both had over 40 points, with Milwaukee ultimately taking home the win by a score of 117-114.
They’ll do it all again on Tuesday, May 4th, tip-off 7:30pm ET at Fiserv Forum. The rest of the rotation around KD, including Kyrie Irving, will be looking to bounce back from a night where they didn’t produce at their usual rate offensively.
The season series between the Nets and Bucks is now tied at one heading into this marquee matchup.
Nets vs Bucks Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total|
|Brooklyn Nets||+2 (-110)||+112||TBD|
|Milwaukee Bucks||-2 (-110)||-132||TBD|
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Kyrie Needs to Step up
It’s not too often that Irving has a cold night. It wasn’t exactly awful because he still had 20 points, but it wasn’t the Kyrie we were used to seeing on Sunday. The Nets guard went just 2-for-8 from downtown and 8-for-21 from the field, while Durant pretty much carried the team, erupting for 42.
A lot of their role guys struggled to drain buckets, too. Joe Harris and Jeff Green had single-digit scoring games, while Tyler Johnson literally went scoreless. The supporting cast needs to be a whole lot better in the second meeting, but it will be a challenge against a strong Bucks defense.
Even if Irving just gets it going alongside Durant, it’ll play a key part in grabbing a win. Brooklyn will need to also limit Milwaukee’s points in the paint, as they were outscored 48-32 in the first game of a back-to-back. Obviously, that’ll come down to containing Antetokounmpo, who essentially scores the bulk of his points inside.
The only Nets to drop 40+ in consecutive games:
▪️ John Williamson
▪️ Vince Carter
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) May 3, 2021
Back to KD though. It was the second straight game that he scored 42, putting up the exact same number last week in Indiana. It was basically Durant vs the Greek Freak on Sunday, with the two superstars going at it all game long.
The Nets were the more dominant team on the glass on Sunday, grabbing 53 boards to 45 for Milwaukee. Another physical performance in this contest will be important as they look to end a two-game losing skid.
Giannis Not Phased
In case you forgot, Antetokounmpo left last Thursday’s game against the Rockets early after tweaking his ankle. He basically reaggravated the same injury from about a week prior, ultimately sitting out Friday’s win over the Bulls.
Obviously, ankles are a touchy subject. He was cleared to play not long before Sunday’s huge matchup with Brooklyn, but considering the guy just came off an injury, he was electrifying. Giannis collected a season-high 49 points, single-handedly leading the Bucks to a crucial victory.
Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday did their part, too, combining for 44 points to complement their All-Star teammate. Another impressive stat in this one was the absurd number of blocks Milwaukee had. As a team, they registered 11 swats, with Brook Lopez denying five shots on his own. One area the Bucks could improve on is their efficiency from the line, shooting a dismal 50% on Sunday.
49 PTS | 8 REB | 4 AST | 3 BLK | 1 STL | 50% 3PT pic.twitter.com/PpCMDqGfDb
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 3, 2021
Mike Budenholzer’s squad continues to play tremendous basketball at home, as they now sport a 21-10 record. With another victory on Tuesday, the Bucks can move within a game and a half of Brooklyn for second place in the East.
I really don’t see Brooklyn losing again in such an important contest. After all, Sunday’s meeting came right down to the wire and it should be a close one again. Durant will likely continue his impressive scoring run, while I expect Irving to respond with a much better offensive performance.
The Bucks do play great at home and the Nets are just 18-14 on the road. However, it won’t matter here: it will be an all-around team win for Brooklyn, with the entire rotation doing their part.
Take the visitors on the Moneyline. Also, after hitting the under in the first meeting of these two games, it should have value again.
Pick: Brooklyn Nets (+112)
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