The Milwaukee Bucks will host the Brooklyn Nets in Game 6 after blowing a 17-point lead in Game 5, ultimately losing 114-108 on the back of Kevin Durant’s historic 49-point performance. The home team has won every game in this series, so the Bucks will hope to bounce back and keep that trend going at home, forcing a Game 7. The two sides will tip off in Game 6 tonight at Fiserv Forum at 8:30p.m. ET on ESPN.
Below is a look at a number of predictions ahead of Thursday’s game for the Free $5K DraftKings Pools - Playoff Edition (BKN-MIL).
Which team will cover the spread? Nets +5.5 or Bucks -5.5
While the Nets were able to come back from behind and grab a win at home in Game 5, they only won by six points despite KD playing all 48 minutes and logging a triple-double with a historic performance that saw him drop 49 points. Jeff Green added 27 points of his own off the bench, and James Harden went 46 minutes but only scored five. The Bucks should be able to regroup and get a comfortable win at home especially while Brooklyn will still be missing Kyrie Irving.
How many total points will be scored? Over/Under 219.5
Only two of the games in this series have totaled in 220 points or above as both Game 1 and Game 5 ended with 222 total points being scored. Both Game 3 and Game 4 were relatively low-scoring, and given that Game 6 should be an intense affair, under is probably the safe play here.
Which team will reach 30 points first? Nets or Bucks
Milwaukee can be expected to come out hot in the first quarter as they have plenty of times before. In front of their home crowd with their entire season on the line tonight, the Bucks should be the play in this one.
Which player will have more points and rebounds? Blake Griffin or Brook Lopez
While Blake Griffin started hot in Game 1 with 18 points and 14 rebounds, he’s failed to reach that mark in the rest of the games, averaging a combined 15 points and rebounds in the four games since then. Lopez has been a little more consistent, averaging 18.4 combined points and rebounds throughout the series, so he may be the safer bet here at home with the series on the line.
How many points, rebounds, and assists will Kevin Durant have? Over/Under 54.5
After his incredible performance in Game 5 where he combined for a total of 76 in all three columns, it may be hard to imagine him dipping down that far in Game 6. Don’t be fooled, though — his highest combined total in this series previous to that performance was only 46. Under should be the safe bet.
How many points, rebounds, and assists will Giannis Antetokounmpo have? Over/Under 52.5
While Giannis has been fantastic throughout the entire series, his best performance came in Game 5 where he combined for a total of 50 points, rebounds, and assists. He’ll have to step up his game even further tonight to get the over on this one, so stick with under as the safe play.
Which player will make more 3-pointers? Khris Middleton, Joe Harris, or Tie
Middleton has scored exactly three from downtown in every game of this series except for Game 1, while Harris hasn’t fared quite as well. Harris notched five in Game 1, but has only drained three or less in each game since then. With the series on the line and the Bucks trying to push to a Game 7, expect Khris Middleton to outperform Harris from beyond the arc in Game 6.
Which team will win the 4th quarter? Nets or Bucks
Both teams have split the fourth quarter relatively evenly, lining up with the current state of the series at 3-2. Most of the games have been very close in the closing quarter, but I’d expect the Bucks to edge out the Nets down the stretch at home in Game 6.
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