Nobody is more ready for Game 2 than Khris Middleton. The Bucks All-Star shot 6-23 overall, 0-5 from three and finished with 13 points in Game 1. Middleton underperformed and Milwaukee wasn’t able to take advantage of the short-handed Nets.
Middleton has been instrumental in what Milwaukee has done all year long. Despite having a bad game, Vegas doesn’t expect a repeat performance in Game 2.
Middleton’s player prop for points is an intriguing play in tonight's game. WynnBET set his line at 22.5 points, with the under (-125) being favored against the over (+104). With Harden out, Middleton has one less thing on his plate, and he can just focus on getting into a rhythm.
Middleton, along with Jrue Holiday, handles the ball and gets the offense into its flow. Holiday is also taking on the assignment of guarding Kyrie Irving, which can take a game’s worth of energy out of anyone. Knowing that, Middleton will have all the opportunities to score and help the Bucks even the series going back to Milwaukee.
On the year, Middleton averaged 20.4 points per game in the regular season. However, against Brooklyn that number rose to 24.6. Game 1 was more of the exception to the rule. Middleton knows how to get buckets against the Nets, and he should be able to get back to his normal self.
It's unknown what the full extent of Harden's injury is, so Middleton needs to focus on scoring while he can. The odds project Game 2 is when he'll return to his regular season form.