Nets vs Bucks Game 3 Odds, Picks, Lineups & Injury News


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The Milwaukee Bucks are 2-0 at home versus the Brooklyn Nets this year. (Photo by JB Autissier/Panoramic/Icon Sportswire)

  • The Milwaukee Bucks are 3.5-point home favorites over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 3 of their 2nd Round series on Thursday (June 10th, 7:30 pm ET)
  • Brooklyn has won the first two matchups, covering easily both times, while both contests have gone under the total
  • See below for analysis, odds, injury news and a betting prediction

The Milwaukee Bucks are on the ropes. Giannis Antetokounmpo and company trail the Brooklyn Nets 2-0 in their Eastern Conference Semifinal series, and will look to avoid falling even further behind when the two teams meet again in Game 3.

The pivotal contest goes down Thursday (June 10th), with tip-off at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee set for 7:30 pm ET.

Nets vs Bucks Odds โ€“ Game 3

Team Spread Moneyline at FanDuel Total
Brooklyn Nets +3.5 (-110) +138 O 234.0 (-110)
Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 (-110) -164 U 234.0 (-110)

Odds as of June 9th.

The Bucks opened up as a 3.5-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 234. Milwaukee has been unable to take advantage of a Brooklyn team thatโ€™s been without James Harden for nearly the entire series, and the Netsโ€™ star will once again be on the sidelines in Game 3.

Harden Out Again

Harden played just 43 seconds in Game 1 before exiting with right hamstring tightness, and thereโ€™s no timetable for his return. He previously missed 18 regular season games with a right hamstring strain, and two additional contests with the same injury that is currently plaguing him.

Brooklyn forward Jeff Green also remains out due to plantar fasciitis, although he could return for Game 4.

Milwaukee meanwhile, will have all of its top rotational players in the lineup on Thursday, with the exception of Donte DiVincenzo, whoโ€™s out for the year with an ankle injury.

Nets vs Bucks Projected Starting Lineups

Kyrie Irving PG Jrue Holiday
Bruce Brown SG Khris Middleton
Joe Harris SF P.J. Tucker
Kevin Durant PF Giannis Antetokounmpo
Blake Griffin C Brook Lopez

Despite the absence of Harden, the Nets have won each of the first two games in convincing fashion. They took Game 1 by 8 points, and last time out embarrassed the Bucks.

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Milwaukee Manhandled In Game 2

Brooklyn built a 49 point lead on Monday, before cruising to a 125-86 victory. Kevin Durant led the way with 32 points in just three quarters, while Kyrie Irving splashed 22, and Bruce Brown added 13 filling in for Harden.

The win was the most lopsided in Brooklynโ€™s postseason history, while the Bucks were held to 34 points below their season average. Milwaukee shot just 44% from the field and were once again dreadful from beyond the arc. They knocked down just 8-of-27 three-point attempts, and are shooting 24.5% from three this series.

Giannis led the way with 18, but took only 15 shots and was 2-of-7 from the charity stripe. Khris Middleton added 17 points, but has been a big disappointment through two games. The Bucks number two scoring option is shooting just 30% from the field, and 23% from three-point range.

The good news for Milwaukee is that theyโ€™re now back at home, where they had a ton of success this year. Coachโ€™s Budโ€™s squad is 28-10 on their home floor, and swept Brooklyn in a two-game set there last month.

Value On the Total

Games 1 and 2 featured totals of 239.5 and 238.5 respectively, however both contests came up well short. Oddsmakers have made a big adjustment by lowering the Game 3 total to 234, which offers a bit of value.

When these two teams met last month in Milwaukee, the total for both games was 243. The Bucks averaged 120.8 points at home this season, and the over hit in their home outings at a 61% clip. Yes, their first two games versus the Nets have been a disaster offensively, but theyโ€™ll have an extra day to prepare, and we should expect a more efficient effort with their backs against the wall.

Brooklyn meanwhile, saw 22 of its 38 regular season road games soar over the total, and both of their 1st Round road tilts versus Boston. They allowed an average of 125.5 points to the Celtics in Boston, a team that was worse in virtually every key offensive category than Milwaukee.

Pick: Over 234 (-110)

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