Nets vs Bucks Preview
The Brooklyn Nets face Milwaukee Bucks in the game that might determine many things in the Eastern Conference. At the moment, the Nets are topping the standings, but the Bucks are eager to reach them and secure the home-court advantage for the playoffs. The hosts are hoping to see Giannis available for this match, as his appearance is not confirmed. On the other side, Kevin Durant’s situation is unclear, while James Harden most definitely misses Sunday’s spectacle.
Nets vs Bucks Schedule
- Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- When: Sunday, May 2, 3:30 pm ET
- How to Watch: ABC
Nets vs Bucks Odds
Nets Steady Mobbin to East’s Top
Brooklyn currently has half a game of an advantage to Philadelphia 76ers. That is in the moment of writing this article. The Bucks are 3.5 matches behind, which means that if the Nets win here, they are going to eliminate one of the direct rivals for that first seed.
Steve Nash’s crew gradually increased their rhythm, eventually getting where they wanted to be before the season started. Although Nash has incredible injury problems with his players, the two-time NBA MVP is doing a good job so far. The Nets had four straight victories until losing to Portland at home on Friday night, 128-109.
Irving had 28 points in this event, Jeff Green added 16 with six boards, and Mike James scored 15.
Bucks’ Last Chance for the No.1 Place
Milwaukee plays its next two games against the Nets at Fiserv Forum, and they need to win both of them in order to stay in the race for the top spot in the conference. It is arguably the last chance for Mike Budenholzer’s side to do that.
Giannis is not certain for Sunday, but according to the sources from within the team, the chances to see the Greek Freak on the floor are good. The Bucks beat the Bulls in Chicago last night, 108-98, posting a solid performance without him.
Khris Middleton had the game-high 22 points, 8 rebounds, and six assists; Brook Lopez added the same number of buckets, while Bobby Portis and Jrue Holiday scored 16 each. Portis would add 14 boards. One more player among the Bucks secured a double-double Bryn Forbes, 10 points, and 13 boards.
Nets vs Bucks Head to Head
Brooklyn was better in the first match, 125-123, but they had Harden and KD in that one. The Beard dropped 34 points, 12 dimes and six assists, while Durant scored 30 points with nine rebounds and six assists. Giannis had 34 on the other end, grabbing 12 rebounds and assisting seven times. Middleton scored 25, Holiday 22.
Nets vs Bucks Prediction and Pick
The line for the total points is 240.5. Brooklyn went above that number twice in the past five matches, while on the other side, the Bucks had just one such performance. We believe that this is a clear under, because Brooklyn will only have Kyrie, while on the other side, Giannis won’t be 100% ready. Also, the recent trend is suggesting that both sides started playing much better defenses and that they aren’t relaxed anymore in that aspect of the game.
Pick: Under 240.5