Suns Clash with Bucks as Favourites on NBA Championship Odds

Notice! Actual odds are subject to change and are correct as displayed only at the time of publishing: 8:52 AM 25.06.2021.

Two teams aiming to end epic championship droughts will clash on Tuesday night, when the 2021 NBA Finals tip off with the Phoenix Suns playing host to the Milwaukee Bucks. The doormats of the NBA for much of the past decade, the Suns have been spectacular during their first trip to the postseason since 2011, and open this year’s NBA Finals as strong favourites to claim their first NBA title in the franchise’s 53-year history. A rising force in the NBA’s Eastern Conference over the past three seasons, the Bucks have finally erased the memory of recent playoff disappointments with their march to the NBA Finals. However, with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined by injury, the Bucks must overcome long odds to claim their first NBA championship win since 1971.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the battle for this year’s NBA crown gets underway. Sports bettors looking to get in on NBA action for the first time can refer to out our NBA betting guide to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their NBA Finals betting experience.

Odds to Win NBA ChampionshipSports Interaction10BetBetway
Milwaukee Bucks2.502.502.55
Phoenix Suns1.571.541.53

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An Uncommon NBA Finals Matchup

NBA fans will be in for a change of pace this time around as two of the league’s long-time also-rans battle it for the crown. Winners of 40 or more games just twice in the past 10 seasons, the Suns turned things around this season, recording 51 wins during the regular season on their way to a second-place finish in the Western Conference standings.

And after overcoming a shaky start in their first-round series against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, they have been dominant, posting victories in 11 of 13 contests. Pegged as a longshot on the NBA futures prior to the start of the season, with a $20 bet on the Suns at that time paying out as much as $850. But after knocking off the Lakers, and subsequently disposing of both the Denver Nuggets and LA Clippers, the Suns now sit perched as clear favourites to bring the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy to the desert for the first time, with a $20 bet at Betway (1.53) now generating a return of just $30.66.

Suns Owning Milwaukee

Among the most successful home teams in the NBA during the regular season, the Suns have carried that momentum over into the playoffs. The club has compiled a steady 6-2 SU record in postseason action, and now sports a sparkling 20-3 SU record in their past 23 contests at Phoenix Suns Arena. The Suns have also enjoyed steady success in recent meetings with Milwaukee, posting SU wins in five of six meetings, and covering the spread in six of seven. That also represents a major about-face for the club after earning the win in just three of their previous 12 clashes. Phoenix was also ranked among the league leaders during the regular season with 115.3 points scored per game.

However, it has been their defence that has been the difference so far in the playoffs, with the Suns surrendering more than 110 points just three times through their first 16 postseason contests, and holding opponents to 100 or fewer points on six occasions.

Can Bucks Win without Giannis?

That could provide the Suns with a huge edge against Milwaukee, which closed out the regular season as the highest-scoring team in the NBA with 120.1 points per game. Like the Suns, the Bucks are eager to rewrite a losing playoff narrative. Since winning their lone NBA title 50 years ago, the Bucks have been a consistent playoff disappointment. That was particularly true over the past three decades, with the club bowing out in the first round in 12 of 15 playoff appearances.

It seemed that trend would continue this year after superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo suffered a serious knee injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Atlanta Hawks. The Greek Freak has been key to the Bucks’ revival in recent years, claiming MVP honours in each of the past two seasons, and NBA Defensive Player of the Year honours a year ago. Milwaukee managed to hang on without Giannis in the lineup, knocking off the upstart Hawks in six games. However, the absence of their big man, and a lack of home-court advantage against a Suns team they have not defeated on the road since 2017, has dumped the Bucks to very attractive longshots at Sports Interaction (2.50), where a $20 bet on Milwaukee to emerge as champions pays out $50.

Middleton Offers Value on NBA Finals MVP Odds

The glimmer of hope that makes the Bucks the best bet to win this year’s title is the increasing likelihood that he will return to action sometime during the Finals. That speculation alone has fueled the attractive odds at Betway (5.00) of Giannis rebounding to win NBA Finals MVP honours, with a successful $20 bet returning $100. Veteran Chris Paul has emerged as the favourite to be named NBA Finals MVP. The 36-year-old has been a force for the Suns, particularly in big-game situations, averaging 39 points over the team’s past two series-clinching contests. But Bucks fans searching for value on the MVP odds should look no further than Khris Middleton.

The 29-year-old has stepped up in Giannis’ absence, averaging 29 points per game in this past two outings, and scoring 32 or more on four occasions over the past two rounds. Middleton has also been one of the few bright spots during Milwaukee’s recent swoon versus the Suns, draining 25 or more points in seven of his past 11 appearances against Phoenix. That makes Middleton best bet to be named NBA Finals MVP, with a $20 wager at Spin Sports (6.50) generating a return of $130.00.