3:10 pm
June 13

Nets @ Bucks

Who will WIN this matchup?

Brooklyn Nets (48-24)

@ Milwaukee Bucks (46-26)


Current odds:

Brooklyn Nets: (-130)

Milwaukee Bucks: (+110)


The spread for the game is Brooklyn by 2 points.

Brooklyn got off to a fast start with a 115-107 win in the series opener on June 5 and a 125-86 win two days later. It is a similar scenario as its first-round series against the Boston Celtics, when the Nets won the first two games at home and dropped a close decision in Game 3.

The Nets hope Sunday goes just as well as Game 4 against Boston when they erupted for 141 points and closed out the series in five games. A win in Game 4 would give the Nets an opportunity to finish the series in Game 5 on Tuesday in Brooklyn.

Milwaukee got back in the series Thursday when it held on for an 86-83 victory, and a win on Sunday guarantees it hosts Game 6. The Bucks seemed headed for a blowout victory when they held a 30-11 lead after the opening quarter, however they held on for the win after Kevin Durant’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim. Jrue Holiday hit the game-winning layup with 11.4 seconds left as Milwaukee survived its lowest point total of the season, shooting 37.8 percent and misfiring on 25 of 31 3-point tries.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points on 14 of 31 shooting and also continued to struggle from 3-point range by missing seven of eight attempts. He is shooting 49.3 percent in the postseason but is 4-for-32 from behind the arc in seven postseason games so far. The Nets will be without James Harden for a third straight game since he exited the series opener just 43 seconds in with right hamstring tightness. They will hope they can better survive his absence Sunday after shooting 36.2 percent from the field in Game 4.

StreakSmarter Pick
Brooklyn Nets