LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 24: Phoenix Suns Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul, Cameron Johnson, and Devin Booker break a huddle during the Phoenix Suns game versus the Los Angeles Clippers game 3 NBA Western Conference Finals game on June 24, 2021, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire)
- Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns is Thursday, July 8th
- There is a full arsenal of player props at FanDuel for bettors to consider
- See available player props for the top players taking to the floor tonight within the story below
The Phoenix Suns drew first blood in the NBA Finals beating the Milwaukee Bucks 118-105 in Game 1 Tuesday night. Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, returned to action but it wasn’t enough to put Milwaukee in the win column.
The Bucks will get another crack at the Suns when they take the floor in Phoenix Thursday night . Tip off is scheduled for 9:00pm ET on ABC.
Bookmakers are expecting a replay of Game 1 as the Suns are favored by 5.5 points in Game 2. The total was kicked up a few points from the Game 1 opening number and is currently sitting at 219. The biggest change we’ve seen has come in the futures market as Phoenix has now swelled to -300 favorites from -195 in the NBA Championship odds.
Futures, sides and totals aren’t the only game in town as FanDuel offers a buffet of player props for Game 2. Check out the table below to see the lines on the players taking the floor tonight. Scroll down to see two of the better bets on the board.
Bucks vs Suns Game 2 Player Props
|Bucks vs Suns||Points at FanDuel||Rebounds||Assists||Three Pointers Made|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)||26.5 ( Ov -110 / Un-110)||11.5 ( Ov -140 / Un +112)||4.5 ( Ov -106 / Un -114)||0.5 ( Ov -158 / Un +124)|
|Brook Lopez (Bucks)||13.5 ( Ov -102 / Un -120)||5.5 ( Ov -112 / Un -108)||OFF||1.5 ( Ov +180 / Un -235)|
|Khris Middleton (Bucks)||25.5 ( Ov -122 / Un +100)||6.5 ( Ov -142 / Un +116)||5.5 ( Ov +124 / Un -152)||2.5 ( Ov -142 / Un +112)|
|Jrue Holiday (Bucks)||18.5 ( Ov -116 / Un -106)||4.5 ( Ov -144 / Un +118)||9.5 ( Ov +112 / Un -138)||1.5 ( Ov -192 / Un +148)|
|P.J Tucker (Bucks)||4.5 ( Ov -140 / Un +116)||5.5 ( Ov +118 / Un -144)||1.5 ( Ov +136 / Un -168)||0.5 ( Ov -265 / Un +200)|
|Pat Connaughton (Bucks)||6.5 ( Ov +108 / Un -130)||4.5 ( Ov +122 / Un -150)||OFF||OFF|
|Devin Booker (Suns)||28.5 ( Ov -104 / Un -116)||5.5 ( Ov +112 / Un -138)||4.5 ( Ov +102 / Un -124)||2.5 ( Ov +116 / Un -148)|
|Chris Paul (Suns)||21.5 ( Ov -122 / Un +100)||3.5 ( Ov -152 / Un +124)||8.5 ( Ov -134 / Un +110)||2.5 ( Ov +146 / Un -188)|
|Deandre Ayton (Suns)||16.5 ( Ov -104 / Un -118)||12.5 ( Ov -118 / Un -104)||0.5 ( Ov -220 / Un +176)||OFF|
|Mikal Bridges (Suns)||10.5 ( Ov -122 / Un +100)||3.5 ( Ov -150 / Un +122)||1.5 ( Ov +104 / Un -128)||1.5 ( Ov -162 / Un +126)|
|Jae Crowder (Suns)||10.5 ( Ov +100 / Un -122)||5.5 ( Ov -104 / Un -118)||1.5 ( Ov -106 / Un -114)||2.5 ( Ov -102 / Un -125)|
|Cameron Johnson (Suns)||7.5 ( Ov -124 / Un +102)||OFF||OFF||1.5 ( Ov +112 / Un -142)|
Odds as of July 8th
While Suns fans can’t yet bet these in their home state, Arizona sports betting is coming soon.
Ayton the Glass Eater
Anyone who saw Game 1 had to notice Deandre Ayton. With the style the Milwaukee Bucks play, he was often left alone to have his way with rebounding duties. In fact, the only guys that could stop him from grabbing boards were his own teammates.
Deandre Ayton laughing about CP3 stealing what would have been DA’s 20th rebound of the game. pic.twitter.com/6pKX7t9jNh
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 7, 2021
Tonight I think it’s smart to go after Ayton’s rebounding number as he looks like a threat to pull down 20. The first step would be getting minutes and he is certainly getting them at this point. In his last four games, he’s crept into the 40s twice while never playing less than 36 in any of the four games. Simply put, when your center is in this type of company, you don’t pull him off the floor for long.
Players with 20+ PTS, 15+ REB, 80+ FG% in a Finals game in the shot clock era (since 1955):
Deandre Ayton pic.twitter.com/r6ARRXeanx
— StatMuse (@statmuse) July 7, 2021
Ayton’s rebound total at FanDuel is sitting at 12.5 (-118) at the moment which is not a bad number but the -118 price tag is steep. Instead of paying -118 for 13 rebounds, why not take his “to record 14+ rebounds at +124? Over time this approach can save bettors cash especially in situations like tonight.
Over his last four games, Ayton has pulled down at least 17 boards in three of them. The only time he failed was in Game 5 against the Clippers when he grabbed 11. After what we saw in Game 1, it makes sense to ride Ayton again at this number and price until we see Milwaukee make a noticeable adjustment. Even then, it will be tough to keep Ayton off the glass.
- The Pick: Ayton to record 14+ rebounds (+124)
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Cam for Three
The Phoenix Suns can shoot the three-ball. In their last three games they’ve connected on 40.7% of their three-point attempts and at times it feels like they don’t miss. While Chris Paul, Devin Booker, Jae Crowder and Mikal Bridges all get their fair share of shine, one guy that is still flying under the radar is Cameron Johnson. He’s been canning threes in the playoffs but people forget that he’s been doing it all year.
The @Suns young wings help pick up the home W vs. Golden State! #WeAreTheValley
Mikal Bridges: 20 PTS, 5 AST
Cameron Johnson: 13 PTS, 3 3PM pic.twitter.com/HeGk6fNgj9
— NBA (@NBA) January 29, 2021
Johnson is a spark plug off the bench for the Suns and we can expect him to play at least 20 minutes tonight. While that doesn’t seem like much, he played 20 minutes in Game 1 and still attempted four three-pointers. In his last seven games, he’s hit at least two trays in five of them. He looks like a good bet to hit at least two three-pointers tonight.
- The Pick: Johnson to record 2+ made threes (+108)
John has spent the past 20+ years betting sports on a daily basis and is considered by many to be a walking sports betting encyclopedia. From obscure player props to sides and totals, if there is an angle, John will find it.