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The first game of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals is Game 1 of the Nets vs Bucks series. Both teams have shown a lot in the first round of the playoffs, so we should have an exciting series at our hands. With that in mind, we have prepared a detailed preview of Game 1, along with betting odds, lines, and picks.
Our Best Free Betting Picks and Tips for Nets vs Bucks
Both the Nets and the Bucks have been great in the first round and many experts feel that the winner of this series could go on to become the new NBA champion. So, if you are finding it hard to find the right bet for this game, here are some of our favorite Nets vs Bucks predictions and tips:
- Spread: Bucks to Win (+4) @ -109 – BetRivers
- Total Points: Over 239.5 @ -109 – DraftKings
- James Harden Total Assists: Over 10.5 @ +105 – BetMGM
Lines and odds are subject to change at any time, so always check them with your bookie before placing a bet.
Bucks to Win on Spread (+4)
This is our first Nets vs Bucks prediction because all three games that these two teams have played this season have gone the Bucks’ way – the Bucks won two of those games and lost one by just two points. And while the Nets didn’t have all three of their superstars in any of those games at their disposal, it still shows that this game could be a very close one. Add the amazing performances by the Bucks in the last three games against the Heat and we can see this game going down to the wire.
Over 239.5 Total Points
These two teams have been among the best in offense during the regular season. For example, the Nets are first in offensive rating, the Bucks are seventh. Also, both teams are in the Top 10 in terms of pace and they’ve combined for 238.7 per game, which is tied for the most between teams to meet in a playoff series in the last 50 years. So, saying that we expect a lot of points is an understatement and that’s why our next Nets vs Bucks prediction is over 239.5 total points, even though we would be more comfortable if the line was a bit lower.
James Harden Over 10.5 Total Assists
Despite the fact that both of these teams are mostly considered favorites due to their great offenses, they can also play great defense. This is especially true for the Bucks and we might see a bit less isolation from the Nets than we are used to. Add the fact that James Harden averaged 10.6 assists in the playoffs so far and you get the reason for our final Nets vs Bucks prediction.
Nets vs Bucks preview – Who wins Game 1 of the long-awaited series?
We’ve seen some exciting duels between the Nets and the Bucks in the regular season, but the NBA playoffs are a completely different sport sometimes. So, let’s take a closer look at both teams and what we can expect from them this time around.
Despite playing only a handful of games with their Big 3 available at the same time in the regular season, the Nets finished second in the Eastern Conference before the playoffs. The team is now almost fully healthy and they’ve shown why many consider them to be the favorites for the NBA title after eliminating Boston Celtics in five games. Spencer Dinwiddie is out for the season due to a knee injury, while Jeff Green and Alize Johnson are also on the injury list at the moment and unlikely to play in Game 1 of the Nets vs Bucks series.
After going into the playoffs as the number one seed for the past two years, the Bucks have finished third in the East this season. However, the team looked better than ever in the first round of the playoffs after sweeping Miami Heat, the reigning Eastern Conference champion and the team that eliminated them last year in the bubble. Unfortunately for the Bucks, they’ve lost Donte DiVincenzo due to injury in the process and he will miss the rest of the playoffs. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is also out for Game 1.
Frequently asked questions for Nets vs Bucks
Who Is Hosting Game 1 of the Nets vs Bucks Series?
Brooklyn Nets will host the first game of the series at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
When Is Game 1 of the Nets vs Bucks Series Scheduled For?
Game 1 of the Nets vs Bucks series is scheduled for 7:30 pm ET, on June 5th.
Who Won the Last Game Between These Two Teams?
The last game between the Bucks and the Nets was played on 05/05/21 in Milwaukee and ended in a 124-118 win for the Bucks.