Tonight’s Game 6 of the 2021 NBA Finals begins at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on ABC, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes. For live streaming the entire sixth game of the NBA Finals and checking out how the players match up in this elimination game for the Suns, the downloadable Locast, ABC, and ESPN apps are also available. Not to mention, the best NBA betting apps for 2021 are from BetUS, Bovada, Intertops, MyBookie, and BetOnline.
Referencing NBA betting odds provided via MyBookie, the Milwaukee Bucks are five-point favorites over the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks are also 9-2 at home in the playoffs this postseason. The Suns are aiming to push this series to a Game 7. If there is a Game 7, it will begin Thursday, July 22nd at 9:00 p.m. (EST).
Furthermore, the total for Game 6 is set at 222. The Suns are 55-36-2 ATS this season, while the Bucks are 45-49 ATS. The team total projection is listed at 113.5 (-115) a piece for the sixth game of this series. The Suns had not lost consecutive games this postseason until Game 4 against the Bucks. They are now on a three-game losing streak. For those of you who are new to sports betting, always remember the “-” refers to the favored team, while the “+” refers to the underdog.
MyBookie NBA Finals Game 6 Odds
- Favorites: Bucks -5 (-110)
- Milwaukee Spread: -4.5 (-110)
- Phoenix Spread: +4.5 (-110)
- Over/Under: 222 (-110)
- Best Milwaukee Moneyline: +160
- Best Phoenix Moneyline: -190
MyBookie Contest Game Props
The wager cutoff time for all contest game props for Game 6 is tonight at 9:05 p.m. (EST).
For injuries, keep in mind that Bucks’ small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Giannis, is listed as questionable to play. Before Game 5 began at the Phoenix Suns Arena, Thanasis was placed in the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. It is unknown at the moment if he will even be allowed to join his team members in the courtside seating area.
Having said this, the odds for both teams remain the same. Based on the available data, the Bucks are due for another loss at home. Though, Milwaukee is playing better basketball right now. The Suns have not made it this far since the 1992-93 season. There are fair arguments for either team. Since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks, played on June 23rd, the Bucks have not lost at the Fiserv Forum. Here are the contest game props odds from MyBookie:
- Suns win by 1-2 points: +1100
- Suns win by 3-6 points: +650
- Suns win by 7-9 points: +1200
- Suns win by 10-13 points: +1200
- Suns win by 14-16 points: +2200
- Suns win by 17-20 points: +2200
- Suns win by 21 or more points: +1100
- Bucks win by 1-2 points: +1000
- Bucks win by 3-6 points: +500
- Bucks win by 7-9 points: +750
- Bucks win by 10-13 points: +650
- Bucks win by 14-16 points: +1100
- Bucks win by 17-20 points: +1100
- Bucks win by 21 or more points: +650
Finals MVP Player Odds
According to the MyBookie Finals MVP odds, the Suns’ Chris Paul has +650 odds of winning the award, followed by Devin Booker at +700, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo at -400, Khris Middleton at +2000, Jrue Holiday at +8000, and Deandre Ayton at +15000. However, Paul’s value is dropping fast. With a total of 18 turnovers, he is leading all other players in this metric. None of these players have ever won the Finals MVP. If the Bucks prevail in Game 6, needless to say, Antetokounmpo and Middleton have the best odds of winning the award.
Per Basketball-Reference, the Greek Freak is averaging 32.2 points, 13 total rebounds, and 5.6 assists in this finals series. Thus far, he has scored a total of 584 points and retrieved 255 total rebounds in this season’s playoffs, leading all other players. On the flip side, Middleton is averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 total rebounds, and 5.4 assists. The last Bucks player to win the Finals MVP was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and he won the MVP after sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals.
Game 6 – Suns vs. Bucks Betting Trends
- The Suns are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games played on the road.
- The Suns are 10-4 ATS in their past 14 games played on a Tuesday.
- The total has gone over in seven of the Suns’ previous nine games played against a Central division opponent.
- The Suns are 13-5 SU in their past 18 games played.
- The Suns are also 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games versus the Bucks.
- The Bucks are 6-2 ATS in their previous eight games played in July.
- The total has gone over in six of the Bucks’ past eight games against a Pacific division team.
- The Bucks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games games this season.
- The Bucks are also 17-1 SU in their past 18 games played at home.
- The total has gone over in five of the team’s last seven games.
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Grizzlies trade Jonas Valanciunas to Pelicans for Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew Lopez, the New Orleans Pelicans are shipping guard Eric Bledsoe, center Steven Adams, the Nos. 10 and 40 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft, and two future first-round picks to the Memphis Grizzlies for center Jonas Valanciunas and the Nos. 17 and 51 picks of this week’s upcoming draft. So, the Pelicans are giving up the Lakers’ 2022 first-round pick. Valanciunas, the 29-year-old veteran center, averaged 17.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game in 62 games played throughout the 2020-21 season. He also shot 59 percent from the field. The seven-foot Lithuanian also ranks fourth overall in true shooting percentage (.616) among active players. On July 11, 2019, Valanciunas signed a three-year, $45 million contract with the Grizzlies. He is set to earn $4 million next season.
Additionally, in 71 games played last season, Bledsoe averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. The six-foot-one guard also shot 42.1 percent from the field in the 2020-21 season. On November 23, 2020, as part of a four-team trade, Bledsoe and Adams were traded to the Pelicans from the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with two future first-round picks and the right to swap two additional first-round picks. Last season, in 71 games played, Bledsoe averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. His field goal percentage was 42.1 percent as well. The 11-year veteran is set to earn $18,125,000 in the 2021-22 season. Before he was traded to New Orleans, on March 4, 2019, the guard signed a four-year, $70 million extension. He earned his first All-Defensive second-team selection in the 2019-20 season.
The Grizzlies and Pelicans have agreed on a trade to send Jonas Valanciunas, 2021 Nos. 17 and 51 picks to New Orleans for Steven Adams, Eric Bledsoe, 2021 picks Nos. 10 and 40 and a protected 2022 first-round pick via the Lakers, per @wojespn pic.twitter.com/q7ZoqzpJjt
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 26, 2021
Moreover, in 58 games played last season, Adams averaged 7.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. The six-foot-eleven center ranks fifth among active players for effective field goal shooting percentage (.591). The eight-year veteran also ranks third in offensive rebounding percentage, with an active statistic of 14 percent. On November 23, 2020, the same day Adams was traded to the Pelicans, he signed a two-year, $35 million extension. For next season, he is projected to earn $17,073,171. To add to this trade news, the Grizzlies and Pelicans are swapping second-round picks in this year’s draft, too. Referencing NBA.com’s “Consensus Mock Draft” article, with the No. 10 pick of the draft, the Pelicans were originally expected to draft either Josh Giddey or Davion Mitchell at this number. However, plans have now changed.
From ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the trade will not be finalized until August 6th, and this is because of the annual salaries of these said players. Free agency will begin on August 2, 6:00 p.m. (EST). Furthermore, per Spotrac’s 2021-22 NBA salary cap table, next season’s luxury tax threshold is $136,606,000. The team’s current available luxury tax space is $22,555,195. The Pelicans and Grizzlies have a salary cap maximum of $112,414,000. Brandon Ingram, Bledsoe, and Adams had a combined cap percentage of 39.2 percent. Considering that Bledsoe and Adams are traded away, this will clear up $35,198,171 of dead cap space.
Yesterday, CBS Sports reported the news pertaining to Lonzo Ball’s desire to remain in New Orleans. With extra cap space, the team is expected to re-sign the 23-year-old guard. Likewise, for the Grizzlies, the teams has a luxury tax space of $37,019,952. Their current cap space is $8,321,229. As stated before, the transactions have not yet been finalized. The Grizzlies’ outgoing cap is now $14 million, but from the contracts of Adams and Bledsoe, they are bringing in $35,198,171.
NBA Trade Rumors: Jazz considering trade offers for Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, and No. 30 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft
Per one interesting announcement from Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer, the Utah Jazz are open to trading forward Bojan Bogdanovic, forward-guard Joe Ingles, small forward Royce O’Neale, and the No. 30 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft. Fischer stated, “The Utah Jazz are known to be one of the few teams actually searching to move playoff-tested talent. Retaining Mike Conley is an offseason priority, sources said, and the Jazz have held numerous discussions with teams around the league about offloading salary to create for Conley in free agency.” Point guard Mike Conley is set to become a free agent this offseason. Though, general manager Justin Zanik will aim to re-sign the 33-year-old guard in the coming weeks. Conley earned $34.5 million in the 2020-21 season.
“League personnel most often mention Joe Ingles as the Jazz wing to watch, and Bojan Bogdanovic and Royce O’Neale are also considered available for trade as Utah narrows its focus towards building a contender around Donovan Mitchel. The Jazz are also open to discuss trading their No. 30 pick, sources said.” In the 2020-21 season, in 72 games played, Bogdanovic averaged 17 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. On May 1, 2021, in the team’s 106-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors, the six-foot-seven Croatian scored a season-high 34 points, shooting 12-for-22, and he finished his performance with four rebounds and four assists as well. On July 7, 2019, he signed a four-year, $73 million contract with the Jazz.
In 67 games played last season, Ingles averaged 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. The six-foot-eight forward is set to earn $14 million in the 2021-22 season. Plus, among the mentioned players, Royce O’Neale has contributed the least. In 71 games played last season, he averaged seven points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. On January 19, 2020, the forward signed a four-year, $36 million extension with the team. He will earn $8.6 million next season. According to The Athletic, in the team’s seventh workout for draft prospects, they viewed Quentin Grimes, David Duke, Matt Mitchell, and a few other players. In the first round, if the team chooses not to draft any of the players they are holding workouts for, the organization will trade the No. 30 pick.
Just for a reminder, retrieved from Spotrac, the 2021-22 NBA luxury tax threshold is $136,606,000. Utah’s active roster cap is $133,284,695, the maximum cap is $112,414,000, and the current cap space is $72,990,215. Furthermore, center Rudy Gobert currently has the highest guaranteed contract on the team. On December 20, 2020, Gobert signed a five-year, $205 million extension with the organization. Gobert is set to earn $35.3 million in the coming season, whereas Donovan Mitchell will earn $28.1 million. Gobert and Mitchell combined consume 47.6 percent of the team’s salary cap. For the upcoming 2021-22 season, the Jazz have a guaranteed total of $129,719,453. Based on the team’s future outlook, the Jazz will have to make a trade or two in order to retain their star players. This should go without saying.
NBA Analysis Network reported a few days ago that a potential Jazz-Knicks trade target is Bojan Bogdanovic. Greg Patuto proposed the Knicks receiving Bogdanovic, while the Jazz would receive Kevin Knox II, and the Nos. 19 and No. 32 picks of the 2021 NBA Draft. Now, this could still happen at some point during this draft week, but then again, sports bettors and fans alike understand that these news reports could be just rumors. The most intelligent, unforthcoming general managers know not to leave bread crumb trails for the media, especially leading into the offseason. They will do everything necessary to protect their foolproof plans.
Raptors, Pacers, Timberwolves, Kings, and Cavaliers among teams showing interest in Ben Simmons
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, five teams have shown interest in pursuing Ben Simmons from the Philadelphia 76ers. Fischer reported, “Cleveland, Indiana, Minnesota, Sacramento, and Toronto all showed interest in acquiring the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year.” Furthermore, the teams are wanting Simmons to change position from point guard to forward. “Multiple executives from those teams, when contacted by Bleacher Report, mentioned their excitement at incorporating Simmons as a play-making forward—not at the point guard position he’s played in Philadelphia.” The six-foot-eleven guard averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists in the 2020-21 NBA season. This might sound fine for a young rookie, but as a five-year player, these aforementioned statistics were career lows.
However, the 25-year-old also earned his third NBA All-Star selection and second All-Defensive first-team selection last season. After a less than mediocre performance in his third postseason of his NBA career, the majority of 76ers’ fans would agree that it’s now time for Simmons to have a change in scenery. With a regular season record of 49-23 (.681), the No. 1 ranked 76ers in the Eastern Conference entered the conference semifinals as favorites over the Atlanta Hawks. Leading into this series, some NBA analysts were predicting Philadelphia to prevail four games to two. The 2016 first overall pick was expected to limit Trae Young in scoring and rally his team from point deficits, but none of this ever manifested.
Raptors, Wolves, Cavs, Pacers and Kings have all showed interest in acquiring Ben Simmons, per B/R's @JakeLFischer
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 25, 2021
Pertaining to postseason averages, Simmons had a playoff series-low of 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in the conference semifinals against the Hawks. This lackluster showing proved to be a more significant downfall for the superstar, considering Simmons had only five points, eight rebounds, and 13 assists in Game 7 versus the Hawks. In the 2019-20 season, he averaged 2.1 steals per game, leading all other players in the league. Moreover, Simmons currently ranks sixth in the NBA for active player triple-doubles (32). With a total of 32 career triple-doubles, he ranks 13th on the all-time list, tied with Clippers’ guard Rajon Rondo.
On July 16, 2019, Simmons signed a five-year, $169.65 million contract extension with the 76ers. He is set to earn $30.5 million in the 2021-22 season. Among these teams interested in Simmons, Cavs’ Kevin Love has the fourth largest contract guarantee of $91.4 million. Love is due to earn $31.3 million next season, and the 13-year veteran’s contract consumes 26 percent of the team’s salary cap. He could be traded this offseason. Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns has a contract guarantee of $130.8 million. The 25-year-old Wolves center will earn $31.6 million in the upcoming season.
Plus, Kings’ 2017 first-round pick De’Aaron Fox has a guaranteed contract of $171.1 million. Fox will earn $28.1 million next season. To add to that, Raptors’ Pascal Siakim has a contract guarantee of $131.4 million. Not to mention, reported by Yahoo Sports via trade rumors yesterday, the Golden State Warriors are a potential trade partner for Toronto. The Warriors could make a move on Siakim, clearing up space on the Raptors for Simmons. Per Spotrac, the 2021-22 season cap maximum is $112,414,000. In the coming weeks, one of these said five teams might make a substantial trade offer to the 76ers’ organization that they cannot refuse.
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