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Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to get past Chicago Bulls' Nikola Vucevic during the first half of Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff basketball game Sunday, April 17, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Nathan Hursh

Bucks -2.5 at Bulls (-110 FD)
Even with Khris Middleton out for Milwaukee, I don’t see a world where this team goes down 2-1 against the Bulls. I don’t care that the game will be played in Chicago. Giannis is easily the best player in this series. He won’t let his team go down. Jrue Holiday will put the clamps down on whoever he’s guarding. Also, I can’t trust Demar Derozan to have two awesome playoff games in a row. The Bucks will win this game, there is no doubt. I believe they’ll win by three or more points fairly easily.

Suns -2 at Pelicans (-110 FD)
This game gives me similar vibes to the game above. The Suns are without a star in Devin Booker. They are on the road. The Pelicans are spunky and have been impressive up to this point. That said, I don’t see the Suns going down in this series. Chris Paul is still the best player on the floor. Getting help from the likes of Mikal Bridges and Deandre Ayton should be enough. The Suns are still the better team, even without Booker.

PJ Tucker 2+ Threes (+220 FD)
Let’s take a little risk here, shall we? In Game One, Tucker went 4-4 from three. We like that. In Game Two, he went 1-2 from deep. In Game Three, I think Tucker will have more opportunities from deep than he did in the second game. Why? Jimmy Butler put up 45 on the Hawks in Game Two so I believe more focus will be put on him defensively by the Hawks. In Game Three, I believe Tucker will get some open looks. So far this postseason, he is 5-6 from three. I admit that this is a risk. Tucker doesn’t shoot often. That said, I like the value at +220.

Bonus Same Game Parlay:
Giannis 40+ points (+230)
Giannis 2+ threes (+310)
Giannis 12+ rebounds (-330)

Total parlay: +1048 (FD)

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