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2021 NBA Finals Betting

Odds Shark's expert NBA Finals betting analysis, news, and information.

For NBA Finals betting, look no further than Odds Shark. The 2021 NBA Finals are here, and the two teams are finally set: The Milwaukee Bucks vs. The Phoenix Suns.

After LeBron James made his 10th career NBA Finals appearance last year, winning his fourth NBA championship, basketball fans will finally have some fresh franchises in the league’s finale.

NBA Finals Opening Odds

2021 NBA Championship Odds
TeamOpening Odds
Milwaukee Bucks+160
Phoenix Suns-180

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2021 NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1: Thursday, July 6, 9 p.m. ET
  • Game 2: Saturday, July 8, 9 p.m. ET
  • Game 3: Monday, July 11, 8 p.m. ET
  • Game 4: Wednesday, July 14, 9 p.m. ET
  • Game 5*: Saturday, July 17, 9 p.m. ET (*if necessary)
  • Game 6*: Monday, July 20, 9 p.m. ET (*if necessary)
  • Game 7*: Thursday, July 22, 9 p.m. ET (*if necessary)

 

Can The Suns Complete Their Run?

After knocking off the defending-champion Los Angeles Lakers, Nikola Jokic's Nuggets, and Paul George's Clippers, the Phoenix Suns became the first team to punch their ticket to the 2021 NBA Finals.

Devin Booker and Chris Paul have elevated their games after leading the Suns to a 51-21 regular season. With the star shooting guard, Booker, dropping 27 points per game, and Paul averaging over eight assists, Phoenix’s back court is making their case for the organization’s first NBA title.

Though the star guards have dominated, The Suns’ clinic series victories have been helped by a deep and diverse secondary cast. DeAndre Ayton, Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Payne are all averaging double-digit points a game and playing elite defense. Bridges and Crowder, alongside Dario Saric and Cameron Johnson, provide some of the best two-way wing options in the league.

The Suns enter the finals as -180 favorites, after dominating their way through some of the Western Conference’s finest. If their opposition can’t stay healthy, and even if they can, there’s no reason why the Suns can’t outscore and defend the Bucks in the final.

Can Giannis Return To Lift The Bucks?

Much like the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks are looking to end a lengthy title drought. The Bucks don’t flash as deep of a rotation as the Suns, but their lead man could be the best player in the series, if healthy.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been one of the best two-way players in the league in recent years, winning a few MVP awards and flashing one of the best euro steps in basketball. He has, however, been unable to lead his team to playoff glory.

Even though the Bucks are finally in the NBA Championship, it wasn’t Giannis who led them there in the end. In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Antetokounmpo suffered a hyperextended left knee, and missed the last two games of the series against the Atlanta Hawks.

In the star forward's absence, Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday, and Brook Lopez took the lead. Middleton has averaged over 23 points per game in these playoffs, adding eight rebounds and five assets in every contest. Antetokounmpo is still questionable for the Finals opener, and if the Bucks want to take a series lead they will need the secondary scorers to step up once again.

Despite knocking off the Hawks without Antetokounmpo, it’s hard to see the Bucks continue to have success against the Suns without their star. Giannis’ injury questions are clearly a cause for their +160 odds, but if the Bucks can tread water for the games he’s absent, Antetokounmpo