The NBA Finals features two teams with compelling storylines all around. The Phoenix Suns went from a perennial cellar-dweller to the Western Conference Champions with Chris Paul heading to his first NBA Finals. On the other side, the Milwaukee Bucks battled through injury and adversity to escape the Eastern Conference.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful for Game 1, but there is optimism that he could return at some point in this series. That gives Phoenix the early edge, but don’t count out these scrappy Bucks. Antetokounmpo’s supporting cast has stepped up in his absence.
Let’s break down everything you need to know about the NBA Finals with a detailed look at the schedule, Game 1 odds, series odds, ways to bet, and much more.
NBA Finals Schedule
|Tuesday, July 6||Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns||Phoenix Suns Arena||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Thursday, July 8||Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns||Phoenix Suns Arena||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Sunday, July 11||Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks||Fiserv Forum||8 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Wednesday, July 14||Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks||Fiserv Forum||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Saturday, July 17||Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns*||Phoenix Suns Arena||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Tuesday, July 20||Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks*||Fiserv Forum||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
|Thursday, July 22||Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns*||Phoenix Suns Arena||9 p.m. ET||ABC|
Ways to Bet on the NBA Finals
If you are new to NBA betting, we will get you up to speed in no time. The most popular ways to bet on basketball are on the spread, total, or moneyline. The spread handicaps the game based on the number of points the favorite needs to win by.
For example, the Suns are six-point favorites over the Bucks in Game 1. If the Suns win by seven points or more, Phoenix bettors will win. If the Suns win by five or fewer points or lose outright, Milwaukee bettors will win. If the Suns win by exactly six, it goes down as a push and everyone gets their money back.
The total is a bit more self-explanatory. This type of bet is an over-under bet based on the total points that will be scored in the game. For Game 1, DraftKings Sportsbook has the total points set to 219. Bettors have to make a decision on whether or not the Suns and Bucks will combine to go over this number.
Moneylines are the easiest bets to grasp. A moneyline bet is just a straight-up bet on one team to win. Underdogs will have higher payouts if they win.
And of course, player prop bets are growing in popularity every year. Sportsbooks list statistical totals for players and bettors can bet the over or under on these props. One example of a popular player prop is Devin Booker at 27.5 points in Game 1.
Bucks vs. Suns Live Odds
Here are the current odds on Bucks vs. Suns via DraftKings Sportsbook:
Obviously, Antetokounmpo’s injury is making a major impact on these odds. The Suns beat the Bucks twice in the regular season, each by a single point. Of course, the regular season is rarely a predictor of what will happen in the playoffs, but it’s worth noting that both teams were close to full strength in those games.
Odds To Win NBA Finals
The Suns are significant favorites over the Bucks to win the NBA Finals. DraftKings Sportsbook has Phoenix listed at -200 compared to Milwaukee at +165.
Again, Antetokounmpo’s injury is giving Phoenix a slight bump here. The Suns have an opportunity to get an early lead on the Bucks, which would force them in a hole before Giannis ever makes his NBA Finals debut.
Betting on a Finals winner is one type of futures bet on this series, but bettors can also bet on the outcome of the series to the exact game. Let’s take a look at the odds to pick the correct series score:
Odds Entering The Series:
Suns to win 4-0: +800
Suns to win 4-1: +400
Suns to win 4-2: +450
Suns to win 4-3: +400
Bucks to win 4-0: +1600
Bucks to win 4-1: +800
Bucks to win 4-2: +500
Bucks to win 4-3: +550
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