The 2021 NBA Finals are finally here. The playoffs have not felt as long as usual, but still, more than a month has effectively gone by. Tuesday is the day where the magic begins, as the Suns and the Bucks are going head-to-head.
The two clubs have one combined title, and it happened all the way back in 1971. 50 years ago was the last time. Mike Budenholzer was a one-year-old, and Monty Williams was not even born. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive to the finals so you can get ready to set down your bets against their NBA Championship odds.
2021 NBA Finals – Updated Odds, Predictions, Player Impact, and Injuries
ODDS OF VICTORY
The Phoenix Suns are favored to win the title, as they are at full strength. They are a -175 preference in the sportsbooks to win their first title in franchise history. And the X-factor here was actually signing Jae Crowder. He is the only player between the teams with NBA Finals experience.
He got it in the bubble with the Miami Heat. They lost to the Lakers in six games in Disney World, and now in the other conference, he’s back. Crowder was, of course, part of the Miami team that defeated the Bucks in round two a year ago. If he can beat them again, he’s a champ.
Milwaukee is the series underdog at +150. They do have a real chance here, whether or not Giannis Antetokounmpo takes the court. The way they came together as a team and won the last two games against Atlanta in his absence was very encouraging.
At the end of the day, Milwaukee has so much talent that they can overcome anybody.
Everybody remembers where they were when Brandon Jennings said, “Bucks in 6”. He made that claim about his #8 seeded team that was set to face LeBron James and the mighty Miami Heat in round one. It was a sweep, and Miami didn’t even have to try.
Here again, there is only one prediction to make. PJ Tucker can guard anybody. Jrue Holiday is an all-world defender. Khris Middleton is capable of getting as hot as Devin Booker. And Brook Lopez will be able to take DeAndre Ayton on in the paint like nobody has been able to all postseason.
Bucks. In. Six. That is the pick, chief. That’s it. Make it happen. Bet on it. Bucks WILL win the series, and it will happen in six games.
The Phoenix Suns are fully healthy. They should have Cam Johnson back for game 1 after he sat game 6 against the Clippers with a non-COVID illness. It was not disclosed, but he is expected to suit up on Tuesday night.
The return of Abdel Nader in the conference finals has the team at full strength for the first time all season. He has missed several months.
Milwaukee is without Donte DiVincenzo for the rest of the year and have been playing without him since game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs. And Giannis is being listed as day-to-day with a hyperextended left knee.
The fact that he avoided any major tear is a huge blessing. When he went down, it looked awfully scary. But there is a good chance he comes back and plays. And if he actually does, the Suns are in huge trouble.