The Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks have both been through their problems with regard to player availability in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. And as we approach Game 6 of this series, we know that the Bucks will be without their best player, while the Hawks, facing a genuine do-or-die situation, almost can't afford not to have theirs.
BetOnline customers certainly have a challenge in front of them as they battle on Saturday night, with tip-off scheduled for 8:35 PM ET.
Here are their NBA playoff odds on this game:
Atlanta Hawks -2 (-115)
Milwaukee Bucks +2 (-105)
Over 217.5 points -110
Under 217.5 points -110
Young, we figure, is likely to play, even with his bruised foot. On ther other hand, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has a hyper-extended knee, has been ruled out, even though he does not have any structural damage.
Rather than handicapping the game itself, let's take a look at some of ther NBA playoff props that have been posted at BetOnline.
And for that we'd have to look at participants who would appear to be prominent within the parameters of the injuries.
One of them is Brook Lopez, who did not miss much in Game 5. When he was with the Nets, Lopez was a bigger scorer, although he settled more into a component role. He made 14 of 18 shots and scored 33 points. Three other Bucks shot 20 times apiece. So this thing got spread around a lot.
Lopez's point production is a subject of a prop.
Over 16.5 Points -108
Under 16.5 Points -120
So can he score at least half his total from Game 5? We think so. For one thing, one of the reasons his team turned to him so much was that Clint Capela has been affected with an eye injury. OVER
Now let's talk about one of Lopez's teammates, Khris Middleton, who has on occasion been someone who's had to carry the Bucks, most notably last season when Giannis went down in Game 5 of the series against Miami and he had 36 points.
But look at his over-under on his points for Game 6:
Over 27.5 Points -108
Under 27.5 Points -120
As good as Middleton is, he has exceeded 27 points just three times in the playoffs, out of 16 games in which he has appeared. Yes, we understand that he might be expected to carry a bigger load without Giannis, but look how Milwaukee succeeded spreading the scoring burden around. even under the circumstances, this number is inflated. UNDER
Now let's talk about Bogdan Bogdanovic, who may have become a member of the Bucks in the off-season had they not overstepped and broken some NBA rules in their pursuit of him.
Here is what BetOnline has posted on his point total:
Over 17.5 points -120
Under 17.5 points -108
The Hawks have been held back offensively with Bogdanovic bothered by a knee injury. He is a known sharpshooter, having nailed almost 44% of his triples. But he went through a real dry period, hitting five of 30 from beyond the arc from Game 5 against Philly through the first three games of this series.
Maybe he was experiencing a confidence problem through this as well, huh? Well, whatever it was, he has bounced back by hitting 6 of 14, then 7 of 16, from long range in these last two games. And sure, Young's presence will affect him in some way. But the Hawks had been expecting him to provide a diversion and a way to stretch out Milwaukee's defense where his and Young's contributions were not mutually exclusive of each other. So we could see this going OVER.
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