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The NBA Finals are finally here and while it may be an unexpected Suns vs Bucks duel in the Finals, it is certainly a deserved one. With that in mind, we have prepared a detailed preview of Game 1 of the Suns vs Bucks NBA Finals, along with a look at the betting lines, odds, and our favorite Suns vs Bucks predictions and picks.
Our Top Suns vs Bucks Predictions, Picks, and Tips
The first game of the NBA Finals is less than a day away, so check out some of our best Suns vs Bucks predictions for Game 1:
- Spread: Suns to Win (-5.5) @ -114 – DraftKings
- Total Points: Under 219.5 @ -110 – FanDuel
- P.J. Tucker: Over 4.5 @ -140 – BetMGM
Betting lines and odds are subject to change at any time, so make sure to check them out with your bookie before placing a bet.
Suns to Win on Spread (-5.5)
The Phoenix Suns enter the first game of the NBA Finals with a few advantages on their side. First of all, they will be playing in front of their fans, in their Phoenix Suns Arena. Secondly, they are completely healthy while the Bucks will be without Donte DiVincenzo and, most likely, Giannis Antetokounmpo, their main star and two-time MVP. With that in mind, our top Suns vs Bucks prediction is for the Suns to win the game by at least six points.
Under 219.5 Total Points
The main weapon for the Phoenix Suns this season, and especially in these playoffs, has been their suffocating defense. However, the Suns are not the top team in these playoffs when it comes to defensive rating – it’s their next opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks. So, with the top defensive teams in the 2021 playoffs meeting in the NBA Finals, it’s safe to assume that we are about to see a low-scoring game, hopefully under 220 points in total.
P.J. Tucker Over 4.5 Total Points
It might seem weird to choose P.J. Tucker for betting since he is not one of the primary offensive weapons for the Bucks, but he will certainly play heavy minutes if the Greek Freak doesn’t take the court, which is probable. Tucker averaged 4.4 points per game in the playoffs so far, but in the last two games against the Hawks he played 32 and 38 minutes, scoring 5 points in both of them. So, we expect Tucker to score at least five points once again in Game 1 of the Suns vs Bucks NBA Finals.
Suns vs Bucks preview – Who will win the NBA title?
For the first time in years, both teams enter the NBA Finals without any former champions on their roster. So, this is a new experience for both teams and their players. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the teams:
This will be the first NBA Finals appearance for the Suns since 1993 and their third Finals appearance in the franchise history. And, if they win, it would be the first-ever NBA title for the Phoenix Suns. Although the Suns have been great in the regular season and finished with the second-best record in the entire league, not many people expected them to reach this stage. The main reason lies in the fact that this is a very young team, but they’ve added experienced veterans like Chris Paul and Jae Crowder, which proved to be great moves. In any case, the Suns enter the Finals healthy and ready to fight, with the home-court advantage on their side.
After they’ve failed to get out of the Eastern Conference as a first seed in the previous two seasons, the Bucks have finally booked their NBA Finals appearance as the third seed in the East this season. It will be the first NBA Finals appearance for the Bucks since 1974 and a chance to win their second title. On their road to the finals, the Bucks eliminated the main favorites the Brooklyn Nets, among other teams, but they lost Donte DiVincenzo for the season along the way. Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful for Game 1 after missing the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks with a knee injury.
Frequently asked questions for Suns vs Bucks Series
When and Where Will Game 1 of the NBA Finals Take Place?
Game 1 of the Suns vs Bucks NBA Finals will take place at the Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. The game is scheduled to start at 9 pm ET, on Tuesday, July 6th.
Where Can I Watch the First Game of the NBA Finals?
Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals will be broadcast on ABC.
Which Team Is the Favorite in Game 1 of the Suns vs Bucks Series?
The Phoenix Suns are the favorites according to bookies at -230 odds.