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Suns vs. Bucks NBA Finals Props – Game 4 Best Prop Bets

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In tonight’s Game 4 matchup of the 2021 NBA Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks are aiming to even the series on their home court versus the Phoenix Suns. The game begins at 9:00 p.m. ET. Referencing BetUS, the best moneyline for the Bucks is set at +160, whereas the line is set at -180 for the Suns. Additionally, the total is set at 220.5. Moreover, star players sustaining injuries and missing games has been a major theme for multiple teams throughout this 2020-21 NBA season. Uncertainties, like injuries and COVID-19 cases, have greatly affected betting odds all across the board. Nonetheless, it’s fun to gamble on prop bets.

Anyways, Milwaukee’s two-time MVP winner and points leader, Giannis Antetokounmpo, is averaging 12.9 rebounds and 29.2 points per game in this post-season. In the Bucks’ 120-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 3, Giannis finished his performance with 41 points, 6 assists, and 13 rebounds, over the course of 38 minutes of gameplay. On the flip side, Suns’ point guard Chris Paul ended the regular season, averaging 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.9 assists, and 1.4 steals per game. Both players are expected to dominate the stat sheet and meet expectations in Game 4.

Here are out top 5 NBA betting tips for tonight’s game.

Milwaukee Bucks – Over 20.5 Points in Each Quarter (-250)

The Milwaukee Bucks scored 105 points in Game 1, 108 points in Game 2, and 120 points in Game 3. They scored as many as 29 points in the fourth quarter of Game 1. According to TeamRankings, Milwaukee averaged 30.1 points in the first quarter in the regular season, ranking third overall in the NBA. In Game 2, the Bucks scored 33 points in the third quarter and 30 points in the fourth quarter. It should go without saying that this team was more than capable of outscoring their opponents throughout the season. Their home record is 34-11, and the “Fear the Deer” campaign is still alive.

Having said this, in the second quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Bucks scored only 16 points. So far, this was the only quarter in the series Milwaukee failed to score at least 20 points against the Suns. When it comes to a special, detail-oriented prop bet, it’s vital for bettors to analyze all the little details. Moreover, it’s also important to note that the Bucks are 43-49 at the spread. They are 56-26 as selected favorites this season, and the team is 3-7 as underdogs. The point total has gone over in four of Milwaukee’s previous six games. Despite that one quarter, which could have been just a fluke, it’s definitely best to take the over for this bet. The league favors high-scoring play nowadays.

Giannis Antetokounmpo – Under 34.5 Points (-115)

In Game 1 of the NBA Finals, despite being listed as doubtful on the injury report, Giannis still scored 20 points, earned 17 rebounds, and acquired 4 assists in 35 minutes worth of play. He suffered a hyperextended left knee injury in the Eastern Conference Finals, in the Bucks’ 110-88 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Fast forward to Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Antetokounmpo’s point total was set at 26.5. Last Thursday, Milwaukee lost 118-108, but “The Greek Freak” scored 42 points. Likewise, in this past Sunday’s matchup, he earned a whopping 41 points in Game 3.

These statistics show why his point total for Game 4 is currently set at 34.5. Not to mention, the Bucks are 8-1 at home in the playoffs. They are a formidable force at the Fiserv Forum. However, the Suns suffered only their fifth playoff loss on Sunday. Thus far, they have not lost in back-to-back post-season games. While Phoenix has their fair share of poor performances every here and there, bettors should anticipate the team improving defensively for Game 4. They will hold Giannis to under 34.5 points. It’s a fair bet.

Deandre Ayton – Over 16.5 Points (-113)

Deandre Ayton concluded the 2020-21 regular season, averaging 14.4 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Ayton played 69 games for Phoenix this past regular season, which was certainly an improvement over his 38-game appearance in the 2019-20 season. Nevertheless, in the NBA Finals series against the Bucks, he is averaging 18.5 points, with a field goal percentage of 71.4 percent.

In Ayton’s Game 3 performance, he ended his night with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 steals. Plus, Ayton earned his 13th double-double of the season in Game 3. The 6’11’’ Bahamian center has proven to the basketball world that he is a key contributor for the Suns, especially for acquiring much-needed rebounds. For Game 4, Ayton has great odds of wrapping up his performance with over 16 points, even if he happens to have another lackluster first half.

Brook Lopez – Over 15.5 Points and Rebounds (-120)

In the 2020-21 regular season, Brook Lopez finished with statistical averages consisting of 12.3 points and 5 rebounds. Against the Phoenix Suns this season, Lopez has scored an average of 8.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. In Game 3, he scored 11 points and ended his performance with 2 rebounds. Now, based on 21 minutes of play, it is possible for him to put up over 20 points once in a while, but his minutes are being limited.

In Game 1, Lopez scored 17 points and acquired 6 rebounds, based on 23 minutes of game-time action. Something else to think about is garbage-time points. He is also leading the team in blocks, accumulating 1.7 per game. Game 4 could be one of those must-win games where Lopez plays more minutes to help defend the rim against the Suns’ Deandre Ayton. Take the over on this particular prop bet.

Chris Paul – Over 21.5 Points (-120)

Chris Paul played 70 games in the regular season. He averaged 16.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 8.9 assists, and 1.4 steals. Statistically, his season point average is the lowest since his 2018-19 performance on the Houston Rockets (15.6). However, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals versus the Bucks, Paul finished his performance with 32 points, 4 rebounds, and 9 assists. This is considering the point that he also played 37 minutes in Game 1.

To add to the aforementioned stats, in Game 2, he posted 23 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists, in 41 minutes of game-time action. In the Suns’ 20-point blowout loss in Game 3, Paul put up 19 points and 9 assists, in 34 minutes of playing. All things considered, betting the over is a reasonable bet. Chris Paul is hungry for his first ring. This is his sixteenth season in the league and his first finals appearance, and he’s not getting any younger. Bettors should expect another noteworthy showing.

Other Bovada Requested Specials – Odds +500 and Lower

Each Quarter Over 45.5 Points -200
Giannis Antetokounmpo 31+ Points & Khris Middleton 21+ points -175
Phoenix Suns Over 20.5 Points In Each Quarter -175
Khris Middleton to Have 5+ Assists And Mil. To Win -105

*odds retrieved from Bovada.lv/sports/basketball/nba

In closing, several of these listed NBA betting prop bets are appealing to quick-witted bettors. Pay close attention to detail, considering the data can change over the course of time. Play it safe when necessary, but ultimately, take a few risks when no one else is. The payoffs are rewarding.

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Grizzlies trade Jonas Valanciunas to Pelicans for Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams

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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.

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.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Jazz considering trade offers for Bojan Bogdanovic, Joe Ingles, Royce O’Neale, and No. 30 pick of the 2021 NBA Draft

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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.

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Raptors, Pacers, Timberwolves, Kings, and Cavaliers among teams showing interest in Ben Simmons

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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.

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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