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NBA Finals Game 5 Warming Up

NBA Finals Game 5 Warming Up

Game 5 of the NBA Finals will be held Saturday night, a chance for the Milwaukee Bucks to continue their hot streak. They’ve taken the last two games against the Phoenix Suns to even the series at two games each but, heading back west to Arizona, this is going to be a different ball game. The Suns have been favored to win in all four of the contests, which means bettors who took the Bucks in Games 3 and 4 were given a nice return. Whether they can keep going tomorrow is the question on everyone’s mind.

Bucks and Suns Continue Struggles

The Bucks have only had one game that could be called a raging success. They destroyed the Suns in Game 3 and will look to bring back some of that same magic tomorrow night. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to have to keep going the way he has played in the last two games if the Bucks are going to have a shot. He’s in the lead among all scorers in this series on both sides of the court, at 32.3 points per game, and has been improving defensively as the series moves forward.

The Suns came close to picking up their third win of the series in Game 4, rallying in the fourth quarter to put pressure on the Bucks. However, Milwaukee was resilient, tightened up on defense and made a few offensive adjustments to regain control. The Bucks kept the Suns almost completely away from the rim for the last ten minutes of the game, allowing them to score a much-needed win. With the Greek Freak hitting his shots and Khris Middleton racking up 40 points in the game, the Bucks pulled everything together to stay alive.

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Up Next, Another Tight Game

The Suns are, once again, favored to win. They’re getting -175 in Game 5, but the Bucks aren’t too far down. They were over +250 for Game 4 and still won, but are a close +155 this time around. Heading back to Phoenix, however, could be a problem for the Bucks. If Chris Paul quits being the king of turnovers, the Suns are going to have a good chance at winning this one.

The Suns are getting -4 (-110), which is easy. The spread hasn’t been an issue in this series and won’t be again tonight, either. The Over/Under is at 217.5 (-105), which seems a little low for two teams that will have had three days to rest. Three of the four games have already gone above that, although not by much, and tonight will, as well. Game 4 was the only game that fell short, but that was an off night.

Player Props to Explore

There are plenty of player prop bets available for tonight and, as both teams are anxious to take the advantage, bettors can expect some big scores. PJ Tucker is getting +100 that he will be under 4.5 points for the Suns and, at an average of 3.9 points per game, that might look like a safe bet. It’s not. The Over at -128 is a better option.

Deandre Ayton has some interesting numbers. His Over/Under tomorrow is 15.5 and expectations are close. Over is getting -125 and Under is at -105. Ayton has been averaging 14.7 points per game and, in 44.9% of his time with the Suns this year, he has scored more than 15.5 points. Tonight won’t be one of those nights.

Erik is a writer and a sports nut who has had the good fortune to be able to experience a wide variety of world sports action up close and personal. He enjoys staying on top of the changing world of athletics and capitalizing on his writing skills to offer a unique take on what's going on in the ever-changing athletics ecosystem.

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