Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 Pick
Atlanta Hawks (41-31 SU, 39-32 ATS) at Milwaukee Bucks (46-26, 32-40), 6/25/21
When: 8:30 pm ET Friday, June 25
Where: Fiserv Center
NBA point spread: Atl +7.5/Mil -7.5
After taking the opener of this best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals on the road Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks hunt for a 2-0 lead when the teams meet again Friday night in Milwaukee. Atlanta opened this series as a +390 underdog to win it, with the Bucks giving -490 as the favorites. Now, the Hawks are only getting +180, with the Bucks now giving -220. Can Atlanta go up 2-0? Can Milwaukee avoid that hole? And how are we betting this game with our free NBA pick?
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
The NBA playoffs betting market opened Milwaukee at -7.5 for this Game 2, with an over/under of right around 226.5. Early betting action then dipped that total to 226.
Any bettors out there looking to eschew the point spread on this game could find the Bucks at -350 on the money line at Intertops while the Hawks were getting +290 at BetOnline to win this game outright.
Hawks-Bucks NBA Playoffs Betting Preview
Fifth-seeded Atlanta grabbed the opener of this series Wednesday night in Milwaukee 116-113. The Hawks trailed the Bucks for much of the night and 105-98 with just over four minutes to go. But Atlanta then ended the game with an 18-8 run to steal the victory outright as a seven-point underdog.
The Hawks also cashed in, getting upwards of +275 on the Game 1 money line.
On the night, Atlanta shot 49.5 percent from the field, hit 14/16 from the free-throw line, and won the battle on the glass 51-45, including a key offensive rebound with 90 seconds left that led to a big Hawks three-pointer.
Also, Game 1 played over a total of 225.
With Wednesday’s win/cover, Atlanta is now 9-4 both SU and ATS this postseason. The Hawks are also currently 36-15 SU, 30-20 ATS since putting Coach McMillan in chargeback in March.
With Wednesday’s loss third-seeded, Milwaukee is now 8-4 SU, 6-6 ATS this postseason.
On the injury front, Atlanta was already playing without F De’Andre Hunter (15 points, five rebounds per game this season), and now F Bogdan Bogdanovic (16 PPG) is listed as questionable with a sore knee. He was questionable for Game 1, played but only shot 1/6. Obviously, he’s not at 100 percent.
The Bucks played five games better than Atlanta during the regular-season standings, 46-25 to 41-31,
and took the season series from the Hawks two games to one. But Atlanta G Trae Young missed both games the Hawks lost. So Atlanta with Young is 2-0 against Milwaukee this season.
Hawks-Bucks NBA Betting Trends
- The Hawks are an impressive 6-2 both SU and ATS on the road this postseason.
- The Bucks are 5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS at home this postseason.
- The Hawks are 7-4, both SU and ATS as underdogs this postseason.
Unders are 8-3 in Hawks games this postseason.
Unders are 7-3 in Bucks games this postseason.
Totals are split 2-2 in Hawks-Bucks games this season, as the games are averaging 229 total points against an average over/under of 229. How about that?
Free NBA Playoffs Pick
Atlanta is playing with no fear and Young is creating serious headaches for opponents. He just toyed with Milwaukee at times Wednesday night. Meanwhile, the Bucks are probably the better team in this series, but who can trust them? We don’t. And while Milwaukee might very well win this game outright, it’s favored by more than it was for Game 1. We played Atlanta plus the points Wednesday and don’t see any reason to hop off that horse for Game 2. So we like the Hawks plus the points again for our free NBA betting pick for Friday. We’ve been saying it all season and we’ll say it again… If you’re laying -110 on your bets… You are WASTING money! Ditch your overpriced book TODAY, and start laying only -105 using the less juice option at BetAnySports Sportsbook!