On Sunday night, the Milwaukee Bucks will play host to the Phoenix Suns for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
Let’s take a closer look at the top Suns vs. Bucks Game 3 player prop picks and make some predictions for this July 11, 2021 NBA Finals matchup.
Suns vs. Bucks Player Prop Picks (NBA Finals Game 3)
The NBA Finals have gone as expected for the most part through the first two games of the series. The Phoenix Suns defended their home court with back-to-back victories over the Milwaukee Bucks by a combined 23 points. The Bucks are in legitimate danger of falling behind 3-0 in this series, which would effectively end any hope Giannis Antetokounmpo’s squad has of hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.
The Suns have been led by their dynamic backcourt duo through the first two games of this series, including a combined 54-point effort in Game 2. However, the standout star for the Suns in Game 2 was forward Mikal Bridges who dropped 27 points, pulled down 7 rebounds, and dished out one assist in the contest. Although no player from Phoenix’s bench cracked double figures in scoring, the starters proved more than capable of carrying the load.
Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who made a shocking return to the lineup in Game 1, elevated his play in Game 2 in a 42-point showing. Giannis went 15-22 from the field while pulling down 12 rebounds, handing out 4 assists, blocking 3 shots, and recording one steal. However, Khris Middleton disappeared for long stretches of the game, shooting 5-16 on the night en route to an 11-point night. Jrue Holiday was a disappointing 7-21 from the field, scoring 17 points.
Will the Bucks take advantage of playing at home or will the Suns take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series?
|Game 6 Best Bets|
|Jrue Holiday to Score 20+ Points (-120, BetMGM)|
|Devin Booker to Score 30+ Points and Make 3+ Three-Pointers (+220, FanDuel Sportsbook)|
|Pat Connaughton to Make Over 1.5 Three-Point Field Goals (-222, FOX Bet)|
Giannis Antetokounmpo to Score Over 31.5 Points (-136, FanDuel Sportsbook)
If the Milwaukee Bucks are to have any chance of winning Game 3, it’s going to require a superhuman effort from two-time league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. After hyperextending his knee in Game 4 of his team’s Eastern Conference Semifinals series, Antetokounmpo’s status for the remainder of the postseason was in doubt. However, his team managed to win their next two games and close out the series against the Atlanta Hawks, which gave Giannis enough time to recuperate and make his return to the Bucks’ lineup for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Although he appeared to be a bit rusty and apprehensive in Game 1 as he shot 6-11 from the field, the signs were there that his explosiveness hadn’t been lost. Fast forward to Game 2 and it became apparent that Antetokounmpo was going to play every game like the season was on the line, as he racked up 42 points. In fairness, Milwaukee’s season is on the line in Game 3. Coming back from a 3-0 hole would be a difficult ask of any team, especially one whose chances hinge on a player coming back from a tough injury.
Given the struggles of Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to this point, expect head coach Mike Budenholzer to build a game plan around force-feeding the ball to Giannis early and often, generating 20+ field goal attempts. It’s also likely that Antetokounmpo’s aggressive play and difficulty at the free throw line could lead to him getting 12+ free throw attempts, which he should hit at over 50%. Giannis scoring 32+ points is a strong possibility and worth putting money on at -136 odds.
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Chris Paul to Score 23+ Points (-112, FOX Bet)
Suns point guard Chris Paul is just two wins away from taking home the first NBA title in his 16-year career. Widely regarded as one of the best point guards of his generation, Paul has stepped up his scoring game in the second half of his postseason run. After scoring 21+ points just one time in his first eight postseason games, Paul has done so in six of his last eight games, including four-consecutive contests.
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— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 9, 2021
CP3 has averaged 20.5 field goal attempts per game over his last four playoff games, including a 20-shot game in Game 2. Given his scoring efficiency and the run he’s been on as of late, as well as the fact that he averaged 25 points per game against Milwaukee in the regular season, getting CP3 to score 23+ points at -112 odds is a no-brainer.
Jrue Holiday to Record 5+ Rebounds (-160, BetMGM)
If you’re looking for a bet that’s far from flashy, has a great chance of hitting, and isn’t wildly expensive to get in on, consider taking Jrue Holiday to record 5+ rebounds at -160 odds. Holiday has had a disappointing series thus far, averaging just 13.5 points per game through the first two games of the NBA Finals.
However, one area in which Holiday has been a consistent contributor is that of rebounding. Holiday has pulled down at least five rebounds in seven of his last ten games, including each of the last five games. Considering the must-win stakes of Game 3, as well as the fact that this game is being played at home in front of a raucous Bucks crowd, it stands to reason that Holiday will continue his streak of pulling down at least five rebounds.
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