NBA Finals Schedule 2021: Dates, times, odds, where to watch

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While it’s an NBA Finals featuring top three seeds from each conference, it’s also not one anyone expected. The Milwaukee Bucks reached this stage without Giannis Antetokounmpo for the final couple of games, and now the Bucks are in the franchise’s first Finals since 1974 (Milwaukee’s only title came in 1970). The Phoenix Suns had missed the playoffs for 10 straight years and fought through health issues of their own (Chris Paul missing the first two games of the Western Conference Finals), to reach the Suns’ first Finals since Charles Barkley wore their uniform.

The Suns started the series as favorites, -170 to win it all, while the Bucks are +135 (odds provided by our partner, PointsBet). Those numbers and the line for the first game could shift depending upon Antetokounmpo’s availability; he is currently day-to-day.

Here is the 2021 NBA Finals schedule (all times are Eastern):

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NBA Finals 2021 Bucks vs. Suns line, picks: Red-hot expert releases selections for Game 5 matchup

SportsLine 19 July, 2021 - 06:10pm

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns face off in Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Finals on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET in Phoenix. The series is knotted at 2-2 after the Bucks won the last two games at home.

The Suns are four-point favorites in the latest Bucks vs. Suns odds from William Hill Sportsbook. For Game 5, the over-under for total points is set at 218 (see up-to-date odds for every game on our NBA odds page).

SportsLine analyst Larry Hartstein has identified the right side to back in his analysis below. Hartstein is a blistering 61-34 on his last 95 ATS picks involving the Suns, a stretch that has made bettors more than $2400.

Phoenix continues to shoot the ball at an obscenely high level. The Suns are shooting 86 percent from the free throw line during the playoffs, and they are putting up 49 percent shooting from the floor in the series. Devin Booker and Chris Paul provide mid-range dynamism, with Deandre Ayton near the rim and a bevy of shooters on the perimeter.

The Bucks are dominating the offensive glass during the series, grabbing more than 30 percent of their own misses. From there, Milwaukee had a 17-5 edge in the turnover battle in Game 4, and they took 19 more shots than Phoenix as a result. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a dominant two-way force, with Khris Middleton exploding for 40 points on Wednesday.

Hartstein has locked in confident picks for Bucks vs. Suns Game 5. We can tell you he's leaning Under the total, but he know multiple crucial X-factors makes one side a MUST-BACK! You ABSOLUTELY need to see what it is before locking in any picks of your own.

NBA finals prop bets: Phoenix Suns Torrey Craig props for 7/17/2021

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 17 July, 2021 - 10:35am

The NBA Finals continue Saturday for the Phoenix Suns, so let’s take a look at Torrey Craig’s prop bets and lines. The points over/under set for Craig in Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks is 3.5.

Craig records an average of 5.1 points per game this season, while connecting on 47.0% of his shot attempts. Over just his last five games, he’s averaged 3.4 points in each matchup and has shot 42.9% from the floor.

The Suns will meet the Bucks on Saturday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Suns are being picked to win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals by oddsmakers, who list them as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 219.5 points. Let’s take a look at how Craig has performed this season and in recent outings to provide insights into his betting lines for this matchup.

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Previewing Tuesday's Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks NBA Finals Game 6 odds and lines, with basketball picks, tips and predictions.

The NBA Finals continue Tuesday for the Phoenix Suns, so let's take a look at Jae Crowder's prop bets and lines. Crowder has an over/under of 10.5 points in Tuesday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks.Over his last five outings, Crowder has averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds, compared to his season average of 10.2 points per game. He's shooting 40.8% from the field this year (42.5% in just his last five games).The Suns will meet the Bucks on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Bucks are being picked to win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals by...

NBA Finals action continues Tuesday, as we focus on the Milwaukee Bucks and Khris Middleton's prop bets and lines. Middleton has an over/under of 25.5 points in Tuesday's contest against the Phoenix Suns.Middleton records an average of 21.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest this season, while connecting on 46.5% of his shot attempts. Over just his last five games, he's averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in each matchup and has shot 44.6% from the floor.The Bucks will meet the Suns on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Bucks are being picked to...

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NBA finals prop bets: Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo props for 7/17/2021

USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire 17 July, 2021 - 10:35am

The Milwaukee Bucks take to the court Saturday for a night of NBA Finals betting action. Let’s focus in on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s prop bets and lines for his upcoming game. The point total set for Antetokounmpo in Saturday’s game against the Phoenix Suns is 32.5.

Antetokounmpo records an average of 28.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 5.7 assists per contest this season, while connecting on 56.7% of his shot attempts. Over just his last five games, he’s averaged 28.6 points, 12.8 rebounds and five assists in each outing and has shot 62.4% from the floor.

The Bucks will face the Suns on Saturday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Suns are being picked to win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals by sportsbooks, who list them as 4-point favorites. The over/under is set at 219.5 points. How will Antetokounmpo fare relative to his betting lines? Let’s break down his performances and dig into some insights to find out.

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Previewing Tuesday's Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks NBA Finals Game 6 odds and lines, with basketball picks, tips and predictions.

The NBA Finals continue Tuesday for the Phoenix Suns, so let's take a look at Jae Crowder's prop bets and lines. Crowder has an over/under of 10.5 points in Tuesday's contest against the Milwaukee Bucks.Over his last five outings, Crowder has averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds, compared to his season average of 10.2 points per game. He's shooting 40.8% from the field this year (42.5% in just his last five games).The Suns will meet the Bucks on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Bucks are being picked to win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals by...

NBA Finals action continues Tuesday, as we focus on the Milwaukee Bucks and Khris Middleton's prop bets and lines. Middleton has an over/under of 25.5 points in Tuesday's contest against the Phoenix Suns.Middleton records an average of 21.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per contest this season, while connecting on 46.5% of his shot attempts. Over just his last five games, he's averaged 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in each matchup and has shot 44.6% from the floor.The Bucks will meet the Suns on Tuesday, starting at 9:00 PM ET. The Bucks are being picked to...

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'Underrated sports town:' Suns fans impressed by Milwaukee

FOX 6 Milwaukee 15 July, 2021 - 08:33pm

Suns fans in town for the NBA Finals are headed home, but not before FOX6 asked them what they thought of Milwaukee.

Both Suns and Bucks fans are preparing for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Suns' fans were here Wednesday night are now heading home, but not before FOX6 asked them what they thought of Milwaukee.

No matter where you live, around the country, or around the world really, if you've been watching the NBA Finals you have seen the Deer District on TV.

But the Suns fans FOX6 talked to now agree — it's even better in person. 

The energy of the Deer District is hard to explain. 

"I was blown away," said Cesar Morales, a Suns fan. "I was thinking how are there more people outside? Like, I’ve never seen that! 30,000 fans outside when the stadium holds 17? It was crazy."

Diehard Phoenix fan Cesar Morales is impressed with Milwaukee. 

"The fans here are incredible," he said. "Hey, props to Milwaukee, the Bucks, if my Suns weren’t in it, It’d be right with you cheering for the Bucks."

As the Bucks players and organization flew out to Phoenix for game 5 at the private Signature terminal outside. Inside Mitchell International, fans sporting their purple and orange went home maybe a little defeated — but with great memories. 

"We went to Harbor House which was just like a restaurant by the lake which was really nice, had some cheese curds," said Mike Jahan, a Suns fan from Dallas. "That was really fun, they were really good. The beer here is really great too."

The NBA Finals drawing both Bucks and Suns fans from all across the country. 

"Better than I thought," said Travis Varner, a Suns fan. "I think Milwaukee is a very underrated sports town.")

And maybe even winning over some fans in the process. 

"I hope that the Bucks go on and win the championship, even though I’m wearing a Suns shirt. I do hope that they can pull it off. It’d be fun to watch," said Nathan Mays of St. Louis.

A lot of the fans we talked to didn't just come and go to Fiserv. They were here for a couple of days going to museums, eating out, staying at hotels. 

Visit Milwaukee each playoff game brings in more than $3 million to the city. 

The Milwaukee Bucks' win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, July 14 sprung a new wave of hope and optimism in the hearts of Bucks fans.

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2021 NBA Finals: Why we should all root for a Game 7

FOXSports.com 15 July, 2021 - 07:09pm

There have been surges and bumps in the road and bounce-backs and twists, and all of that has done nothing more than lead us to a point of equality, with up to three games remaining to decide it all. Let’s hope it gets that far.

Next time around, as the series moves back to Phoenix on Saturday, rest assured that the Suns will have come up with a plan to counteract it. And so the matchup goes, swinging one way or another, albeit with largely the same collection of core characters deciding the narrative.

The curse of the Finals is that everyone is watching if you mess up. The beauty of the Finals is that you quickly get a chance to get it right.

A Block to Remember Evens the Series for the Bucks

The New York Times 15 July, 2021 - 07:07am

Deandre Ayton seemed to be wide open next to the basket. Giannis Antetokounmpo had other ideas.

MILWAUKEE — When the lob was in the air, it looked to be a sure dunk. The Phoenix Suns were down 2 with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night’s Game 4, and a basket would tie the game and give the Suns a puncher’s chance to push the Milwaukee Bucks to the brink of elimination in the N.B.A. finals.

Devin Booker, a skilled passer and exceptional scorer, was the one who tossed it. Deandre Ayton, the Suns center, seemed to be wide open next to the basket, and he had spent all season throwing down dunks off passes very much like this one. It was the kind of play that was the bread and butter of the Suns offense.

But Giannis Antetokounmpo had other ideas. When Ayton caught the lob and tried to stuff it through, the Bucks star rose up and met him at the rim.

“I thought I was going to be dunked on, to be honest,” Antetokounmpo said after the game.

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Antetokounmpo said that if Ayton had tried to put the ball off the backboard instead of dunking it, Antetokounmpo would very likely have been called for goaltending. Essentially, in a split second, Antetokounmpo had to make a decision about where to jump. He guessed correctly.

“I didn’t jump to block the ball,” Antetokounmpo said. “I jumped toward the rim. I feel like that’s what kind of helped me put me in position to get the block.”

It was a block to remember. Basketball plays that outlive the moment require high stakes (when the block occurs), skill (how the block occurs), and ultimately, a positive aftermath (how the block impacted a series).

Among the best: LeBron James’s late Game 7 swat of Andre Iguodala in the 2016 N.B.A. finals against a favored team on the road. Tayshaun Prince of the Detroit Pistons had a game-sealing block on the Indiana Pacers’ Reggie Miller in Game 2 of the 2004 Eastern Conference finals with about 20 seconds left with Detroit up 2. In last year’s playoffs, Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat stuffed the Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum in the closing seconds of overtime during the series opener of the Eastern Conference finals.

In terms of the stakes, Antetokounmpo’s doesn’t match James’s in a win-or-go home Game 7. But Antetokounmpo’s did come in a crucial N.B.A. finals game. If the Suns scored that basket and went on to win in the final minute, Milwaukee would have been down 3-1 with the series headed back to Phoenix. Instead, the Bucks won, 109-103, and tied the finals at 2.

It is in skill where Antetokounmpo’s block is set apart. What’s particularly remarkable about the play is that Antetokounmpo was initially guarding Booker off a pick and roll switch when the pass was thrown. But because Antetokounmpo is so quick, athletic and tall, he was able to both slightly disrupt Booker’s pass, and then recover to meet Ayton at the rim. Antetokounmpo might be the only player in the N.B.A. who could cover that much ground in such a short amount of time.

“The honest thought that was going through my head was more or less kind of like shock and awe,” the Bucks guard Pat Connaughton said of seeing the block up close. He added, “In my opinion, it’s the best block of all time. Obviously, we’re a little biased, and you can talk about the LeBron block as well.”

There is one big uncertainty about whether Antetokounmpo’s block will be talked about for years to come. History remembers winners, and if the Bucks do win this series, that block will be seen as a turning point. If the Suns pull it out, the play is likely to be a footnote. James, Adebayo and Prince all have one thing in common: All of their teams went on to win their series.

An example of the aftermath wiping away an exceptional playoff block is that same Pistons team that Prince was on in 2004. In the series before, Detroit faced the Nets in the semifinals. The series was tied at two. In Game 5, with the Nets up 2, Prince’s teammate Chauncey Billups had an open layup with four seconds left that would have tied the game. Richard Jefferson, the Nets forward, appeared seemingly out of nowhere to block the shot. He appeared to save the game for the Nets. But the lead wouldn’t last. Detroit improbably tied the game off a desperation heave from half-court by Billups. The Nets ultimately won the game, but the Pistons won the series and eventually, a championship — pushing Jefferson’s block out of sight.

Basketball stars are often judged for their scoring ability, and Antetokounmpo is among the best in the league in that category. However, as Wednesday night showed, he is one of the rare top scorers who carries his team on both ends of the floor.

A former Defensive Player of the Year, Antetokounmpo is a top help defender — essentially a player who roams the floor to create havoc for opposing teams. It wasn’t just the block on Ayton during the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, for example. With 8:09 left in the fourth and the Suns threatening to pull away with a 5-point lead, Antetokounmpo used his long arms to intercept an inbounds pass, drove it the length of the floor, and dunked it to top a further momentum shift.

Less than five minutes later, with the Bucks down 3, Antetokounmpo deflected another pass — this one from point guard Chris Paul — and threw it ahead to point guard Jrue Holiday for a fast break, Antetokounmpo’s third steal of the night. The next possession, Antetokounmpo blocked Paul, who is an excellent finisher around the rim, and then assisted on Connaughton’s go-ahead 3-pointer. In addition to scoring 26 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out eight assists, Antetokounmpo was equally potent on the defensive end — and that’s not something many N.B.A. players can lay claim to.

This was not a game that came down to one play, but it may be remembered that way because of the level of athleticism required to execute Antetokounmpo’s block.

“That’s an N.B.A. finals special moment right there,” the Bucks coach, Mike Budenholzer, said. “And we’re going to need more of them.”

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