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Bucks vs. Nets pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 5 [UPDATE]

We go over some of the best betting options for the second round 2021 NBA playoff matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.

Brooklyn Nets v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Four
Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets is defended by Jrue Holiday of the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference second round playoff series at the Fiserv Forum on June 13, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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The Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks return to the Big Apple Tuesday with the series tied 2-2. James Harden and Kyrie Irving are dealing with injuries, making the Nets a one man show with Kevin Durant. The Bucks will have their “Big 3” intact aiming to win a third straight contest and take a 3-2 lead back to Milwaukee for Game 6.

Update: Harden will play in Game 5 vs. the Bucks, per Woj.

Update: James Harden (hamstring) plans on playing in Game 5 vs. the Bucks. The spread has moved to +2.5 for the Nets as a result after being +4.5 earlier in the day.

Bucks vs. Nets, 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT

Pick ATS: Nets +3

The Nets are probably not going to have Harden or Irving in this game. If either plays, it’ll be in a limited capacity. But Brooklyn will be at home and has enough with Durant healthy to put together one winning game plan. The Bucks will go after Durant, but Joe Harris and Landry Shamet are more than capable as shooters to take the heat off him.

Player Prop: Mike James U12.5 points (-134)

James hasn’t gone over this line in any of the four games so far in the second round vs. the Bucks. There’s an outside chance James Harden is back in the lineup after being upgraded to doubtful. If Harden is back, don’t expect James to get too much playing time. Even when James played 30 minutes in Game 1 with Harden out, he scored 12 points. The Bucks have more momentum going back to Brooklyn and James would be guarded by Jrue Holiday if he ends up starting for Irving. This line is a safe pairing for some kind of props parlay.

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