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Hawks vs. Bucks Predictions, Odds, Preview

June 25, 2021
by Michael Crosson
NBA Expert

The Eastern Conference Finals will resume on TNT this Friday night with the Hawks and Bucks set to square off for Game 2 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 8:30 Eastern time.

Hawks vs. Bucks Betting Resources

Betting Odds - Hawks vs. Bucks

Subject to Change

  • Spread: Bucks -7.5
  • Money-Line: Milwaukee -350, Atlanta +290
  • Total: 226

After a heartbreaking loss in the series opener this past Wednesday, Milwaukee heads into Game 2 at Fiserv Forum as a 7.5-point favorite over the visiting Hawks – which is roughly the same as Game 1 (ATL +8).

The total for Friday’s event is still stationed at OU 226 – which also sits in the same ballpark as the number set for Atlanta’s high-scoring victory in Game 1 (O 225.5).

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks look to rebound from a Game 1 loss to the Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals. (AP)

Hawks vs. Bucks Current Form

After a pair of grueling seven-game victories over heavily favored opponents in the previous round, Milwaukee and Atlanta surprisingly emerged from their respective Game 7’s as the final teams standing in the Eastern playoff bracket – setting the stage for a somewhat unforeseen conference finals matchup.

All that said, the oddsmakers still went all-in on Milwaukee from the jump in this year’s ECF matchup – tagging the Bucks as eight-point favorites in Game 1 while listing them as a -500 favorite to win the series.

Milwaukee’s balloon of confidence was quickly popped at home in Game 1 though, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday combined for 67 points on 56% shooting across Wednesday’s series opener – but it wasn’t quite enough to fend off the Hawks’ late-game scoring invasion propelled by Trae Young (48 points).

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