|Under 222.5 (-114) @ Betvictor|
My selection is on the 'under' between Phoenix and Milwaukee at 9:05 pm et on Tuesday.
We missed badly with the 'under' in Game 5 of this series on Saturday as neither team could miss in a high-scoring track meet. I expect a different story to unfold on Tuesday, however, as the Suns face the prospect of watching the Bucks hoist the Larry O'Brien trophy in Milwaukee.
Note that the Bucks have now shot better than 50% in consecutive games - only the third time they've accomplished that feat this season. In both previous occurrences they failed to make it three straight games shooting north of 50%, with the 'under' cashing in both of those contests.
Despite losing both games, the Suns have also shot better than 50% from the field in consecutive games. The Bucks certainly haven't been at their best defensively in this series but with a chance to win a championship at home on Tuesday night I would expect to see them rise to the occasion at that end of the floor, noting that they've allowed 2.1 points per game less than their season average and limited opponents to 44.9% shooting at home this season. Milwaukee is giving up just 105.5 points per game in the playoffs and 107 points per contest when attempting to close out a series.
Phoenix had actually done a solid job defensively in this series, apart from allowing far too many free throws in the two games played here in Milwaukee, prior to getting lit up in Game 5 on Saturday. Perhaps building a 16-point first quarter lead was the worst thing that could have happened to the Suns as odd as it sounds, as complacency seemed to set in early in the second quarter and they were never able to regain their footing the rest of the way.
The Suns still have a solid track record defensively in these playoffs, having allowed 104.5 points per game on 44% shooting. After allowing a series-high 21 fast break points on Saturday, look for them to make a concerted effort to slow the pace and turn this into more of a street fight on Tuesday night. Take the under (8*).
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