- The NBA Finals will continue on Thursday, July 8 in Phoenix with Game 2 at 9:05 PM Eastern/6:05 PM Pacific.
- Phoenix leads the series 1-0 and is a -5.5 favorite in Game 2.
- The total for Game 2 is 219.5.
Phoenix Suns’ point guard Chris Paul is playing in the NBA Finals for the first time after 16 years in the league. So far so good–the Suns won Game 1 on Tuesday night 118-105. Paul had 32 points and nine assists in his finals debut and budding superstar Devin Booker scored 27 points. Milwaukee did get their franchise star Giannis Antetokounmpo back after a two game absence due to a hyperextended left knee. Antetokounmpo scored 20 points and hauled in 17 boards and teammate Khris Middleton scored 29 points. Milwaukee lost Game 1 for the third straight series.
NBA FINALS GAME 2 SPREAD UPDATE
Despite the return of Antetokounmpo (he was listed as ‘doubtful’ and then ‘questionable’ before Game 1) the Game 2 pointspread has not seen any change. The Suns closed as a -5.5 favorite in Game 1 and that’s where the Game 2 line opened. It’s seen very little or no movement since that point at the major sportsbooks offshore, in Nevada, in New Jersey or in Colorado. At this writing shops dealing -5.5 include BetMGM, BetRivers, PointsBet, William Hill/Caesars, DraftKings, FanDuel, SouthPoint (Las Vegas), Golden Nugget (Las Vegas), FoxBet, BallyBet, BetWildwood (Colorado), Betfred, Smarkets/SBK (Colorado), Elite Sportsbook (Iowa/Colorado), Play Maverick (Colorado/Nevada), PlayUp (Colorado), Sportsbetting.com (Colorado), Betway (Colorado) and BetOnline.ag.
There are a handful of sportsbooks at -5 including the Mirage (Las Vegas), Circa Sports (Las Vegas/Colorado), Wynn Las Vegas and the Westgate Superbook (Las Vegas/Colorado).
NBA FINALS GAME 2 TOTAL UPDATE
There has been some movement on the total. A combined 223 points was scored in Game 1 going over the 217 or 217.5 total. The Game 2 total opened at 221.5 and has been bet down to 219 or 219.5 across the board. The Wynn Las Vegas, PlayUp, FoxBet, BetWildwood BallyBet, Stations (Las Vegas) and South Point are at 220.
NBA FINALS GAME 2 MONEYLINE UPDATE
The moneyline for Game 2 of the NBA Finals ranges from Phoenix -215 to -225 with takeback on Milwaukee between +175 and +185. There are a few outlier lines here and there including Fan Duel PHX -240 MIL +194, TwinSpires (PHX -244 MIL +180, South Point (PHX -230 MIL +195), Circa Sports (PHX -205 MIL +181) and the Golden Nugget (PHX -210 MIL +180).
NBA FINALS SERIES PRICE UPDATE
The series price has Phoenix as a favorite in the -300 to -330 range with takeback on the Bucks at +250 to +280.
OTHER ODDS FOR THE NBA FINALS
Some sportsbooks are offering ‘exact series result props’ with odds such as these from Betfred Sports:
SUNS IN 5 GAMES +240
SUNS IN 7 GAMES +350
SUNS IN 6 GAMES +450
SUNS IN 4 GAMES +550
BUCKS IN 7 GAMES +700
BUCKS IN 6 GAMES +750
BUCKS IN 5 GAMES +2500
BetOnline.ag has odds to win the NBA Finals MVP Award: