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Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives past Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday (21) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Suns Bucks Game 2 Prediction and Props, July 8th

Suns in 4? Maybe the Suns in 4. Phoenix looked dominant in Game 1 against the Milwaukee Bucks who announced just before the game that Giannis was good to go. In Game 2, I would expect that Milwaukee will bounce back and look much better as they have in the last few Game 2’s in these playoffs. Plus, time back is the key for Giannis right now and building confidence back in his leg is going to be extremely important. 

But this game is still in Phoenix and it is shocking to say this, but Arizona sports fans are actually giving their team a bit of a home court advantage. Devin Booker is a star and Chris Paul is guiding them down the right path. It is hard to explain, but the Suns just seem like a team of destiny, or one that has fate securely locked onto its shoulders. 

In the spirit of Thursday Trends and giving, let’s get into some picks that I am taking tonight, including a and a total pick. Oh, and of course, being the good guy that I am, I will throw in some prop picks for you as well. 

Against the Spread
I feel like this isn’t the popular answer for this bet but I am backing the Suns -5.5 but would also monitor this on a LIVE line. The Suns are 3-0 ATS this season against the Bucks. I like Phoenix to win this game and the Bucks have yet to cover in a single playoff lost so far this season. I don’t think that this Dario injury will impact the Suns as much as people are thinking it will either. The Suns are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points and the Suns are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game. Do I really think that the Suns are going to win in four? No, I do not. But I do believe that they will get the win tonight and cover. If you are scared off by the 5.5 points, which they covered last week, hit the LIVE line if Milwaukee jumps out to a quick lead

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Total 
Again, I think this is going to be another unpopular opinion, but defense got both of these teams to this point and I think a good defensive performance is in the works yet again. The UNDER 219.5 is what I am most intrigued by for this game. Both teams shot over 45 percent in Game One and even then, the Bucks weren’t able to score 100 points. The likelihood of the Suns shooting that well again is slim and I think defensive adjustments should look much better in this one as Milwaukee tries to defend Booker and Paul. 

Props
Giannis OVER 11 Rebounds: This number is EXTREMELY low considering Giannis grabbed 17 boards in Game One during his 35 minutes logged. Giannis proved with this stat that his leg is going to last. Plus, no Dario, no problem for Giannis who will benefit from the lack of height that the Suns are going to be able to run out there. 

Brooks Lopez OVER 11.5 points:
This is another line that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. The big-man for the Bucks was able to clear this total last game when he reached 17 points in just over 22 minutes. He could see his minutes rise in this game as they have when the Bucks have needed him most. He has been feeling his shot from three, hitting 3 of 5 in his last contest. The Bucks know that their offense can excel when they give Lopez his shot and they’ll need that tonight. 

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