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Last Updated Mar 06, 2022, 21:31 PM

Phoenix Suns vs. Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume Sunday mid-afternoon with a highly anticipated NBA Finals rematch between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Coverage begins from Fiserv Forum at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Score Prediction

Bucks 122, Suns 112

Best Bets

Bucks -6.5 (-110) at BetMGM

Suns vs. Bucks Predictions

After last year’s impressive NBA title run, Milwaukee posted a surprisingly slow start to this season, as the Bucks kicked things off with a lackluster 6-8 SU and ATS skid – with four of those SU losses coming in matchups they were favored in.

The Bucks have quietly dominated since their opening skid though, considering Milwaukee enters Sunday riding a sturdy 33-17 SU run, with 24 of those victories coming by eight points or more – despite sitting just 22-28 ATS across that same window.

On the other hand, Phoenix barreled out to an excellent start to the season, as the Suns kicked things off with a sturdy 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

Despite the absence of Chris Paul, Phoenix rode that momentum all the way through February too, considering the Suns boast records of 24-4 SU and 16-12 ATS across their last 28 games – while scoring 116.3 OPPG and allowing just 106.8 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll back Milwaukee here, as the Suns are 4-2 SU and 2-4 ATS since CP3’s latest injury, with their only SU victories across that window coming against opponents with losing records (HOU, OKC, POR, NYK) – setting the stage for a tough road matchup against a Bucks squad that’s scored 120+ PTS in five of their last six games (123.2 OPPG).

Suns vs. Bucks Betting Odds

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Suns vs. Bucks Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Central
  • Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum
  • Location: Milwaukee, WI
  • TV-Time: ABC - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis

  • SU: 51-12
  • ATS: 34-29
  • O/U: 31-31-1

After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), the Suns were surprisingly rusty to start this season, as Phoenix dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while scoring just 106.3 OPPG across that window.

Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few days to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 49-9 SU and 32-26 ATS since their opening skid, while ranking fourth in the league in both scoring and offensive efficiency (113.8 OPPG, 1.109 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking sixth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (105.8 PPG, 1.031 DE).

Milwaukee Bucks Betting Analysis

  • SU: 39-25
  • ATS: 28-36
  • O/U: 32-32

After finishing with the best record in the East in two of the last three regular seasons, Milwaukee’s rough start was a bit of a head-scratcher, as the Bucks’ compiled a record of 162-65 SU across the previous three seasons – and then opened this season just 6-8 SU.

Milwaukee has played excellent basketball, when healthy, since mid-November though, considering the Bucks enter Sunday riding a sturdy 33-17 SU run – with a decent chunk of those losses coming in the absence of two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (5). 

The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups against Phoenix. (AP)

Suns vs. Bucks Head-to-Head

The Suns swept a two-game regular-season set against Milwaukee last year, with both matchups soaring over the total at a lofty average of 252 PPG. These teams also met up in last year’s NBA Finals, which resulted in a six-game series victory for the Bucks – ultimately yielding a 4-4 SU split for the year. The most recent matchup between these teams took place just a few weeks ago though, which resulted in another high-scoring home victory for Phoenix (131-107).

Key Players to Watch

  • PHX: Devin Booker - SG (25.6 PPG, 5.2 REB, 4.6 AST)
  • PHX: Deandre Ayton - C (16.3 PPG, 9.8 REB, 1.4 AST)
  • MIL: Giannis Antetokounmpo - PF (29.4 PPG, 11.6 REB, 6 AST)
  • MIL: Khris Middleton - SG (19.7 PPG, 5.4 REB, 5.3 AST)

Suns vs. Bucks Betting Conclusion

After posting a tough road victory in Chicago on Friday night (W, 118-112), the Bucks return home for Sunday’s NBA Finals rematch as short favorites over the Suns at Fiserv Forum – marking just the second time Phoenix has been an underdog across their last 16 games.

I’ll back Milwaukee here, as despite Phoenix scoring 116.5 OPPG and allowing 110.3 DPPG since CP3’s latest injury, the Suns sit just 2-4 ATS across that window – setting the stage for another unfavorable matchup against a Bucks squad that’s averaging 123.2 OPPG across their latest 4-2 SU stretch.

Suns vs. Bucks Betting Trends

  • The Suns are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups against Phoenix.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the last 11 Suns' games.
  • The Bucks are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the last 11 Bucks' games.
  • The total has gone OVER in eight of the last 11 matchups between Phoenix and Milwaukee.
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