You are currently viewing offers from New Jersey
NJ
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Odds shown as:
NJ
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

Bucks @ Suns NBA Finals Game 5 Prediction:

Will Ayton keep up this rebounding pace?
Will Ayton keep up this rebounding pace?
By Zachary Rainey

With the series back even at two, how will Phoenix respond returning home...?

Despite holding a lead for most of the game, the Phoenix Suns let one get away when the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away late for a 109-103 win to tie the series heading back to Phoenix.

While it was Giannis Antetokounmpo’s big play; meeting Suns center Deandre Ayton at the rim for a highlight reel block that gave the Bucks all momentum to pull that one out, it was the shot-making of Khris Middleton that really won them the game.

Possibly sensing that the superstar Giannis was starting to get tired, it was Middleton who led the team in shooting attempts and points, finishing with 40. It wasn’t much of a surprise, as Middleton’s home and away splits in these playoffs have differed quite drastically.

One player who hasn’t been able to get anything going this entire series to this point is Jrue Holiday. Holiday has been great on the defensive end of the floor, guarding Chris Paul a majority of the time, but with Paul letting Cameron Payne or Devin Booker initiate most of the offense in Game 4 even when he was on the floor.

The home team has won every game in this series to this point, and I don’t expect that to change tonight. The Suns are 4.5-point favorites tonight and a 2-point favorite for the first half.

Even when Phoenix hasn’t looked good in this series, things were still close at halftime, so I’ll be on Phoenix -2 at half.

One thing I’ve found interesting and have been even impressed with at times is Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer. Every round the Bucks have played, especially when behind in the series, his job status has been brought up. Some were even making the joke that he might have had to find his own way back from Brooklyn.

But instead, Budenholzer has taken his team, with an injured superstar, into the NBA Finals, having to make countless adjustments. While he may not make them on the fly, he’s shown the ability to adjust game to game.

Like I said above, I think Phoenix continues the trend of the home teams winning. But if that trend is broken tonight, I think the series is over.

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Chris Paul. His jumpers were coming up short in the last game, and the fact he was willing to essentially play P.J. Tucker’s offensive role of standing in the corner out of the way. With the extra day off, I think Paul realizes that last game will officially go down as the game that got away when defining his legacy.

For player props, I’m once again riding Cameron Johnson over 1.5 made 3-pointers.

I’m also going to ride Ayton’s over rebounds.

We’ll see you for Game 6.

NBA Odds

100% first deposit bonus up to $250

21+,T&Cs apply,Only 1x Wager

Up to $1000 risk-free first bet

New customers,21+,T&Cs apply,NJ only.

Up to $250 risk free bet

21+,NJ residents,T&Cs apply

Bet $50,get $50 (100% deposit match)

21+,T&Cs apply,Please gamble responsibly

Up to $1000 in 4 risk free bets

New Customers only,T&Cs apply,21+,NJ only.

Get $100 in free bets when you bet $20

Min $25 stake,New Plyrs,21+,T&Cs apply

Up to $500 in bet credits

Up to $500 in Bet Credits for new customers . Make a min $10 deposit,place bets to deposit value,once they are settled,matched amount in Bet Credits available to use. Bet Credits risk excluded from returns. T&Cs apply.

Get a $5000 Risk Free Bet

New Customers Only,21+,T&Cs apply,NJ only.

$500 Risk Free Bet

21+,New Customers,T&Cs apply,NJ only.
100% first deposit bonus up to $250
21+,T&Cs apply,Only 1x Wager
Up to $1000 risk-free first bet
New customers,21+,T&Cs apply,NJ only.
Up to $500 in bet credits
Up to $500 in Bet Credits for new customers . Make a min $10 deposit,place bets to deposit value,once they are settled,matched amount in Bet Credits available to use. Bet Credits risk excluded from returns. T&Cs apply.
Up to $1000 in 4 risk free bets
New Customers only,T&Cs apply,21+,NJ only.
Get a $5000 Risk Free Bet
New Customers Only,21+,T&Cs apply,NJ only.
Bet $50,get $50 (100% deposit match)
21+,T&Cs apply,Please gamble responsibly
Up to $250 risk free bet
21+,NJ residents,T&Cs apply
$500 Risk Free Bet
21+,New Customers,T&Cs apply,NJ only.
Get $100 in free bets when you bet $20
Min $25 stake,New Plyrs,21+,T&Cs apply