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How the public is betting Bucks vs. Magic first-round playoff series

The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic face off in the first round round for the 2020 NBA Playoffs. We break down how the public is betting the series and Game 1.

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic moves against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the second half at Amway Center. Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic open their first-round series on Tuesday, August 18th at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Giannis Antetokounmpo will return from a one-game suspension for the playoffs. We’ll take a look at how the public is betting Game 1 of the series and beyond.

Game 1 update: The Bucks were upset big time to start the series, 122-110 by the Magic, who dominated pretty much all game. I’m not even sure if Milwaukee led at all after the early going in the first quarter. With such a huge percentage of bets on the Bucks, we’ll see if any of that changes now that Orlando has a 1-0 lead in the series.

Do absolutely nobodies surprise, the Bucks are getting almost 100% of the handle to win this series at -10000 odds. Normally in this type of situation you’d maybe throw a couple bones on Orlando to maybe pull off the biggest upset in NBA history. But the issue is the Magic are only +1600 to win the series. So really there isn’t much value there. The Bucks are also getting 91 percent of the bets, again nothing new here.

Here’s the rest of the schedule for Bucks-Magic in the first round:

Game 1: Orlando Magic 122, Milwaukee Bucks 110
Game 2: Thu, Aug 20 Orlando at Milwaukee, 6 ET, ESPN
Game 3: Sat, Aug 22 Milwaukee at Orlando, 1 ET, TNT
Game 4: Mon, Aug 24 Milwaukee at Orlando, 1:30 ET, NBATV
Game 5*: Wed, Aug 26 Orlando at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD
Game 6*: Fri, Aug 28 Milwaukee at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 7*: Sun, Aug 30 Orlando at Milwaukee, TBD, TBD