Even LeBron James is a little nervous about tonight’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals. That would explain his need to bring his own tequila to Fiserv Forum. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns play what could be the final game of the series, and no one knows what’s going to happen. The Bucks have already surprised everyone by rallying back to one game away from the championship, and the Suns are going to have to turn up the heat if they want a chance at capturing their first title ever.
Bucks Have an Advantage
The Bucks have proven they can win – and win well – on the road and at home during this season. They have a chance to put the series away with a win tonight, capturing their first championship in about 50 years. The Suns had a couple of chances to along the way to threaten the Bucks more, but couldn’t keep things together long enough and were sent to the showers emptyhanded. Milwaukee came close to an NBA title two years ago before falling apart against the Toronto Raptors, just like the Suns have been doing.
Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton are going to be expected to pull off some incredible plays on both offense and defense, as the Suns are expected to attack more in what is a win-or-go-home game. The Greek Freak has already proven to be a valuable asset to the Bucks’ success, and he’s going to have to keep his pace up for one more game if Milwaukee expects to beat the Suns one last time.
The Suns Aren’t Giving Up
The Suns are still in it and there’s no reason to believe they can’t hang on to force a Game 7. For that to happen, though, Chris Paul is going to have to step up. He hasn’t been the shining beacon Phoenix had hoped and any chance of him winning the Finals MVP award has all but disintegrated. After all these years and having accomplished so much, Paul is still without a title, and it’s now or never. Despite his long experience in the league, Paul doesn’t have much playoff-caliber support from his teammates, and that could prove to be the Suns’ downfall.
Suns head coach Monty Williams knows the team needs to pull things together and find some talent where it doesn’t exist. He said in a recent interview, “We don’t have that level of experience, but we have experience, nonetheless. We don’t have guys who have been in these situations, but we have guys who have played on big stages before and they understand probably more than people think. Because in college, it was one game and you’re out.”
The Bucks Favored to Win
This NBA Finals series has been good for the NBA. Viewership is up 27% over last year’s Finals, with Game 5 attracting a little more than 9.5 million viewers – it peaked at 12.1 million at one point. With Game 6 possibly being the final game, viewership is definitely going to be better. Sports bettors will be closely paying attention to all of the action, wanting to see if the Bucks, at -200 pull it off or if the Suns, at +170, stage a comeback. Most of the money has gone to the Suns, but most of the bets have gone to the Bucks. This makes a moneyline wager a very precarious bet.
What might be a better option is the spread. The Bucks are at -5 (-110) and the winning team has covered in all five games so far. That would make it seem that a spread bet is a good option regardless of the outcome. The Over/Under is at 222.5 (-110), with the Over hitting in three of the five games. This NBA Finals game is going to be tough, with a lot of runs on the basket, but that also means more mistakes. The Under is more likely in this game.