The Phoenix Suns will host the Milwaukee Bucks for Game Two in the NBA Finals Thursday at 9:00 p.m. ET. The Suns took Game One convincingly, defeating the visitors 118-105 and taking another step towards capturing the franchise’s first championship.
Chris Paul led the game with 32 points while Khris Middleton topped the Bucks with 29; Deandre Ayton had a monstrous 22-point, 19-rebound double-double, while Giannis Antetokounmpo returned from a hyperextended knee and posted 20 points with 17 rebounds.
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Game 2 NBA Finals Betting Props
Game Two figures to be another thrilling showdown in the valley, with the Bucks having the opportunity to steal a game on the road and the Suns looking to defend their home court.
Beyond the obvious, though, the storylines underneath the surface can offer the most entertainment in high-stakes games like these, and that is why we are going to share the best prop bets for Thursday’s NBA Finals matchup with you.
#1: Top Points Scorer, Devin Booker (+160)
Booker has averaged the most points on the Suns in the regular season and now the playoffs, and is coming off of a 27-point scoring night in Game One. He is the catalyst for the team and the primary scoring option, so even though CP3 led them in the first meeting, he should be in line to receive the lion’s share of the work.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is the series’ highest scorer across the entire playoffs, but he is still limited by his recent injury. He could round back into his old self later in the series, but it is unlikely that he will be the high-flying act that he normally is before at least another week.
If the Bucks win Thursday, there is a decent chance that it will be because Khris Middleton had a hot hand and scored over 30— use him to hedge your bets if you are lacking confidence in the Suns as a team.
#2: Deandre Ayton over 29.5 points/rebounds/assists (-134)
Ayton has blossomed in the playoffs, averaging 16.5 points and 12.2 rebounds thus far; he has also been unbelievably efficient, making 71.1% of his shots and only turning the ball over 1.2 times per game in heavy minutes.
The third-year center became the first player since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to record 20+ points and 15+ rebounds while shooting at least 70% in his finals debut, and the fourth all-time to record 20+ points and 15+ rebounds on over 80% field goal shooting.
The Suns’ big man exceeded this line in five of his last seven appearances, and with the Bucks expected to play Giannis at center and Ayton’s Game One dominance on the boards, he should have no issues covering this bet.
#3: Khris Middleton to Record a Double-Double (+285)
Khris Middleton is not known as a glass cleaner, but he has notched six double-doubles in his last 14 games; the Bucks also found greater success with a small-ball lineup in the fourth quarter of Game One, which should prompt them to spend more time with Giannis as the center and Middleton as the secondary rebounder Thursday night.
As great as Deandre Ayton was on the boards, the Suns as a team were outrebounded in their opening victory; they do not have great rebounding guards, and their wings are serviceable at best. Middleton and Jrue Holiday will have free reign of the longer rebounds, and Middleton himself can contest a few loose balls at 6-foot-7.
When betting props and player totals, the most important area to consider is the player’s level of opportunity— Middleton has played an average of 43.7 minutes since Giannis first got hurt against the Atlanta Hawks, and will be on the court long enough to grab 10 rebounds.
Grant Mitchell is a sportswriter and multimedia contributor for the Sports 2.0 Network dealing with basketball, football, soccer, and other major sports: you can connect with him on Twitter @milemitchell to stay up to date with the latest sports news and to engage personally with him.