NBA Odds

Playoff Trend Favors Bucks and Jazz Tonight

Peter Dewey
Jun 10, 2021, 10:18 AM EDT
Donovan Mitchell is looking to give the Jazz a 2-0 lead against the Clippers.
Donovan Mitchell is looking to give the Jazz a 2-0 lead against the Clippers. / Alex Goodlett/Getty Images
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This year’s NBA playoffs hasn’t seen a single major upset in a series, even though the Dallas Mavericks pushed the Los Angeles Clippers to the brink in the first round. 

Favorites have dominated this postseason against the spread, and that’s good news for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz heading into tonight’s matchups. 

Milwaukee is somehow a 3.5-point favorite on WynnBET after getting blown out by the Brooklyn Nets in Game 2, but favorites are 36-20 against the spread this postseason, which is good news for the Bucks.

As for the Jazz, who are 5-1 against the spread through the first six games of their playoff run, WynnBET has them as three-point favorites in Game 2 against the Clippers.

If anyone could buck this trend, it’s the Nets. Brooklyn is 6-1 against the spread this postseason, which should cast some doubt on the Bucks’ chances tonight, but Milwaukee is due to bounce-back after a dreadful Game 2. 

It’s not clear whether or not James Harden will return for Brooklyn tonight. The Nets have been fine without him, as they’ve shot the lights out this postseason. Mike Budenholzer and company will need to make some adjustments, but if you think that this trend for favorites will continue, the Bucks are the pick to make tonight. 

While Utah took Game 1 against the Clippers, they won’t simply walk to a 2-0 lead tonight. Los Angeles did not shoot well in Game 1, as Paul George and Marcus Morris combined to shoot 8-for-31 from the field, yet the Clippers only lost by three points. 

Still, the Jazz have been fantastic at home this season (31-5 during the regular season), and they have gone 5-0 with Donovan Mitchell in the lineup. They’ve also covered the spread in all five of those wins, so while Los Angeles may keep it close, the Jazz look like the bet to make tonight.

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