After their thrilling payout win on Sunday the Milwaukee Bucks go for the sweep of their two-game set with the Brooklyn Nets when the teams collide again on Tuesday. With two-time reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo going off for 49 points, the Bucks moved within 2.5 games of the Nets for second in the Eastern Conference standings and trail the first-place 76ers by 3.0 games. The Bucks have won two straight and three of their last four games while the Nets are looking to end a two-game SU and ATS slide.
This NBA matchup takes place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 and will air live on TNT with tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. BookMaker.eu will have betting options for every game on the NBA schedule.
Brooklyn Nets vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
Spread: Brooklyn Nets +2 | Milwaukee Bucks -2
Money Line: Brooklyn Nets +122 | Milwaukee Buck -125
Season to Date
The Nets are still waiting to get their Big Three on the court at the same time, but it’s not going to happen on Tuesday. James Harden remains on the shelf with a bad hammy but the Nets did have Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving available for Sunday’s matchup. Since they acquired Harden in January the three have played together in a total of seven games. KD returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing the previous game scoring 42 points in a duel with Giannis.
With so many moving parts over the last few months it’s a bit of a surprise that the Nets are where they are. They’ve dropped consecutive games for the first time since early February and their 43 wins match the Sixers for the most in the East. The Nets were on a heater just prior to their recent skid going 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in their previous 10 games showing they can succeed without Harden.
Giannis and the Bucks have risen to the occasion against their competition for the top spot in the conference. Three of their last five wins have come against the Sixers and Nets going 3-0 ATS in those contests. And all three have come at home where the Bucks are 21-10 SU and 16-15 ATS.
They haven’t been as dominant in their gym as they were the previous two seasons when they claimed the best record in the NBA, but they have played well against teams from the East in Fiserv Forum. The Bucks may not be overly concerned with earning the top seed, but it will come in handy during the postseason with only one series against the other top clubs. And having the homecourt edge will be more helpful this year than it was in the Florida bubble.
This isn’t the Nets team we’re going to see once the playoffs begin – at least they hope it isn’t. Harden will return at some point and the club should be more in tune with each other after several roster moves around the trade deadline. Harden sat out his 14th straight game with the Nets going 8-6 SU and 9-5 ATS in that span.
They hadn’t lost two in a row since a three-game slide in early February and they’ll look to avoid matching that streak on Tuesday. With so many players shuffling in and out of the lineup it’s been hard to find any consistency of offense. The Nets played below the closing total in two straight games and the UNDER is 5-2 in their last seven games.
They will have Durant in the lineup and that’s a good sign. KD scored 42 points in Sunday’s showdown with Giannis hitting 16 of 33 shots. He did come up short on a three-point attempt at the end of the fourth quarter that would have tied the game. Irving added 20 points and the two combined to take 54 of the team’s 96 field goal attempts in the game.
If he could play you know Giannis was going to be in the lineup. He was cleared after sustaining an ankle injury in the opening minutes of a game against Houston. The Bucks had a meltdown in that contest falling to the Rockets 143-136. He missed the next game, a 108-98 win over Chicago. Back on the floor for Sunday’s contest, Giannis was up to the task knocking down 21 of 36 shots, including 4 of 8 from behind the arc, for 49 points. Antetokounmpo averages 28.4 points to pace the NBA’s highest scoring team. The Bucks average 119.3 points with the OVER going 36-27 in all their games.
We’ve seen some high scoring affairs between these clubs recently. The Bucks scored at least 113 points in each of the last eight meetings going 5-3 SU and ATS in that stretch while cashing the OVER five times. In two games against the Nets this season Antetokounmpo is averaging 41.5 points.
Nets vs Bucks Prediction
Our picks: Brooklyn Nets +2 / UNDER 241.5
It’s hard to beat a good team twice in a row and the Nets aren’t used to losing a lot of games in succession. We’ve seen a couple of doozies with each club winning once and both games decided by a total of five points and I don’t expect either club to run away with this one. I do like the Nets to get back in the win column on Tuesday behind another strong game from KD, but the total is too high so back the UNDER.