The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals this Saturday night, so here’s the best Bucks vs. Nets betting pick for the arguably most anticipated clash of the season so far.
Each team has been victorious on the home court throughout the series, and the Nets open as 1-point favorites for Game 7, according to William Hill Sportsbook. Brooklyn sits at -115 moneyline odds, while the Bucks are -103 road dogs to win straight up.
The Bucks shut down Brooklyn in Game 6
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Nets 104-89 this past Thursday to force Game 7, holding their rivals below a 90-point mark for the second time in this series. Khris Middleton led the way with a terrific line of 38 points, 17 rebounds, five dimes, and five steals, while Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a double-double of 30 points and 17 boards.
The Bucks played some excellent defense, allowing just four fast-break points and holding everyone quiet besides Kevin Durant. They controlled the game for all 48 minutes and fully deserved a chance in Game 7.
Milwaukee earned 28 free throws last Thursday to make it up for a terrible 7-for-33 shooting from beyond the arc. Middleton and Antetokounmpo thrived under pressure and dominated the Nets’ defense, especially Khris who’s been unstoppable down the stretch.
“You know in those moments, he’s going to make the right play,” Antetokounmpo said. “We know that when Khris feels good, we’ve got to give him the ball.”
The Nets hope for another strong performance on the home court
The Brooklyn Nets are 3-0 straight up and ATS at home in this series. Last time out at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant had an epic game, accounting for 49 points, 17 rebounds, and 10 assists, but his 32 points at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee this past Thursday were not enough.
KD went 15-for-30 from the field in Game 6 but didn’t get too much help from his teammates. James Harden finished with 16 points and seven assists; Blake Griffin had 12 points and six boards, while Joe Harris added nine points.
The Nets shot only 30.0% from downtown in Game 6 (9-for-30). They allowed 15 offensive rebounds and a whopping 26 fast-break points. If they want to avoid the second-round exit, Steve Nash’s boys will have to do a much better job in Game 7 at home.
“It definitely hurt us,” Nets coach Steve Nash said of the fast-break points. “That’s where they’re really strong. I thought we had some problems getting back in transition. ”
- 2-6 ATS in the last eight games on the road
- 1-4 ATS in the last five road games against Brooklyn
- 13-3 ATS in the last 16 games overall
- 9-0 ATS in the last nine games at home
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Pick:
This one should be a nail-biter, and I’m backing Kevin Durant and James Harden to outlast Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton down the stretch. The Nets are 9-0 SU and ATS in their last nine outings on the home court, so I’m hoping for another win in front of the home fans.
Brooklyn will have to do a better job in transition, and after that terrible display in Game 6, Steve Nash will certainly work with his team on a few things. Anyway, the Nets will once more lean on their 3-point shooting, and Brooklyn is making 38.9% of its attempts from deep.
NBA Picks: Take Brooklyn Nets -1.0 at -110
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Brooklyn Nets Total Prediction:
Seven of Milwaukee’s last eight games between the Bucks and Nets went in the under, so I’m sticking with this betting trend. The stake is enormous for both teams, and we should see a proper hard-fought battle.
The line is set pretty low at 215.0 points which makes this wager a tricky one. The Bucks love to push the ball in transition, while both teams will take a lot of shots from deep. However, the Bucks shoot only 30.1% from deep, and the Nets will try to slow down the pace, as they struggled in transition in Game 6.
Pick: Go under 215.0 points at -110