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Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Predictions, Money Line, Picks (Game 2)

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
12 min read
Bucks Vs Phoenix Suns Game 2
  • The Phoenix Suns were firmly in control for the majority of Game 1 and look to go up 2-0 on their home court!
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo surprisingly returned to the lineup in Game 1, but it wasn’t enough for the Milwaukee Bucks to take the victory.
  • The Suns are favorites entering Game 2.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Odds

Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Milwaukee Bucks +5.5 (-110)
O 219.5 (-115)
Phoenix Suns -5.5 (-110)
U 219.5 (-105)

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Predictions and Picks

Our Pick

The Phoenix Suns looked in control through Game 1 against the Bucks. While Milwaukee were able to find their offence, they couldn’t contain the Suns on the defensive side. We expect Phoenix to push go up 2-0 with a win!

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How to Watch Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns

Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns Information
Teams Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns
Location Phoenix Suns Arena, Phoenix, Arizona
Time 9:00 PM EST, July 8th, 2021
How to Watch ABC

Head-to-Head: Milwaukee Bucks vs Phoenix Suns

Milwaukee Bucks Head-to-Head Phoenix Suns
Mike Budenholzer Head Coach Monty Williams
46-26 (3rd in East) Standing 51-21 (2nd in West)
L-W-W-L Form W-W-L-W
117.2 (6th of 30) Off Rtg 117.2 (5th of 30)
111.4 (10th of 30) Def Rtg 111.3 (9th of 30)
102.2 (2nd of 30) Pace 97.2 (26th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

G. Antetokounmpo (28.2) PPG D. Booker (27.0)
G. Antetokounmpo (12.7) RPG D. Ayton (11.8)
J. Holiday (8.4) APG C. Paul (8.7)
J. Holiday, K. Middleton (1.5) SPG C. Paul (1.4)
B. Lopez (1.8) BPG D. Ayton (0.9)
B. Lopez (.572)/G. Antetokounmpo (11.6) FG%/FGM D. Ayton (.706)/D. Booker (9.2)
J. Teague (.500)/K. Middleton (2.6) 3P%/3PM C. Johnson (.451)/J. Crowder (2.4)

MIL: Set the Standard Early

The Milwaukee Bucks were easily controlled by the Phoenix Suns in Game 1. While Antetokounmpo was a welcome return to the lineup, Milwaukee struggled to take advantage of his presence. A large reason was their slow start out of the gate.

The Suns outscored the Bucks 30 to 26 in the first quarter, but it was the last time the Bucks saw a lead for the remainder of the game. Milwaukee’s start wasn’t slow, but they need to take control or face the possibility of Phoenix running away with the game.

Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with eight points in the first quarter, but they’ll want a more defensive focus in order to keep pace with the Suns to open Game 2.

Bucks Key Player: (C) Brook Lopez

The Milwaukee Bucks are much more than their key players Antetokounmpo and Middleton. Despite not getting the applause, Lopez is crucial to the Bucks’ success. However, his defensive struggles in Game 1 spelled Milwaukee’s early doom.

Lopez posted 17 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes of play. He converted on 50% of his field-goal attempts and hit three three-point field goals. Unfortunately, Lopez’s defensive issues made him a team-low minus-17 for the game.

The veteran big man needs to sort out his defensive issues if he wants to keep contributing for the Bucks. Helping to control Ayton on the glass would also help their chances.

PHO: Space the Floor

The Milwaukee Bucks are an athletic and tough defensive team. Switchable at most positions, the Suns found success by stretching the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense.

While the Suns only converted on 11 of 34 three-point field goal attempts, their offensive spacing and the playmaking of Chris Paul opened up the paint for them. Added on top of their running game, Phoenix shot 30 of 54 from two-point range.

The Suns are either pushing the pace or searching for advantageous matchups. Unless the Bucks adjust, Phoenix’s offense looks as if it’ll be difficult to contain.

Suns Key Player: (G) Chris Paul

We talked about Chris Paul being the veteran leader of the Phoenix Suns, but he showed that he shouldn’t be taken lightly in terms of his production either. Paul was fantastic in 37 minutes of playing, pressing the Suns to victory early.

In Game 1 against the Bucks, Paul posted 32 points, nine assists, and four rebounds on 12 of 19 shooting from the field. He was sharp from three-point range as well, hitting on 4 of 7 attempts.

Paul was able to manipulate the Bucks’ defence with his playmaking and wasn’t afraid to create for himself when the opportunity presented itself. If he can maintain his scoring threat, the Bucks won’t be able to stop them.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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