The Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets face off in Game 1 of a highly-anticipated playoff 2021 NBA Playoffs matchup on Saturday evening. The Nets host the proceedings at Barclays Center, with the teams meeting in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Brooklyn advanced by defeating the Boston Celtics, with Milwaukee knocking off the Miami Heat. Jeff Green (foot) is out for the Nets, with Donte DiVincenzo (ankle) out for the Bucks.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET in Brooklyn. William Hill Sportsbook lists Brooklyn as a four-point home favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 239.5 in the latest Nets vs. Bucks odds. Before making any Bucks vs. Nets picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Nets vs. Bucks in the NBA Playoffs 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Bucks vs. Nets:
- Bucks vs. Nets spread: Nets -4
- Bucks vs. Nets over-under: 239.5 points
- Bucks vs. Nets money line: Nets -185, Bucks +165
- MIL: The Bucks are 4-5-1 against the spread in the last 10 games
- BKN: The Nets are 8-1-1 against the spread in the last 10 games
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Why the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee enjoyed a great deal of success in the opening round and that could carry over in this series. The Bucks are led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averaged 23.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game against Miami. Milwaukee led the entire first round in net rating, out-scoring the Heat by 19.7 points per 100 possessions, and the Bucks are elite on both ends. The Bucks scored 116.5 points per 100 possessions during the regular season, ranking in the top three in field goal percentage at nearly 49 percent, and they are tremendous on the offensive glass.
Milwaukee grabbed 33.6 percent of its own missed shots against Miami and the Bucks have an immense size edge against Brooklyn. The Bucks are also equipped to at least slow Brooklyn’s elite offense, as Milwaukee allowed only 95.4 points per 100 against Miami. That is the No. 1 current figure in the NBA Playoffs, and the Bucks also lead the postseason in defensive rebound rate at 78.8 percent.
Why the Nets can cover
Brooklyn set the bar extremely high offensively this season, leading the NBA in offensive efficiency by scoring more than 1.17 points per possession. Within the playoff setting, the Nets have been even better, blowing through the Celtics by scoring 1.28 points per possession in the opening round. That included 2.11 assists for every turnover, an elite ratio, and the Nets even grabbed 30.1 percent of their own misses on the offensive glass.
Brooklyn’s shot-making prowess is elite, as Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving combined to key the No. 1 team in shooting efficiency in both the first round and the regular season. The Nets also have a path to switchable, effective defense, as they are above-average at preventing free-throw attempts and a top-10 team in slowing opponent shooting efficiency this season.
How to make Bucks vs. Nets picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 231 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Bucks vs. Nets? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.