The Suns opened at -175 at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, with the Bucks listed as +150 underdogs. Phoenix is a 5.5-point favorite over Milwaukee in Game 1 on Tuesday.
The Game 1 line and series price reflect oddsmakers’ belief that Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely miss at least part of the best-of-seven series. Antetokounmpo missed the final two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks after suffering a hyperextended left knee late in Game 4. His status for the Finals against the Suns is unclear.
Last week, prior to Antetokounmpo’s injury and with the Bucks and Suns leading their series, the SuperBook at Westgate Las Vegas posted an early series price on a potential Milwaukee-Phoenix matchup in the finals. The SuperBook opened the Bucks as a -150 favorite over the Suns.
A week later, with Antetokounmpo injured, the odds have flipped, with Phoenix now the favorite.
The early action was on the Suns at the SuperBook, which opened with Phoenix at -150.
Jeff Sherman, who oversees NBA odds for the SuperBook, said they took multiple limit bets on the Suns to win the series Saturday night, prompting him to move the price to -170.
Sherman is expecting Antetokounmpo to miss at least the start of the NBA Finals and believes how soon he returns will be dictated by the outcome of the early games.
“The Bucks would’ve been a favorite if there was no injury at all to Giannis,” Sherman told ESPN.
The Suns won both meetings against Milwaukee during the regular season, in a pair of tight one-point victories.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.