Phoenix (65-25 straight up, 55-33-2 against the spread) took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals on Thursday night by beating Milwaukee 118-108 as a 4.5-point home favorite. The 226 combined points elevated North of the 221-point total to give the ‘over’ a 2-0 record in the series.
Devin Booker led the winners with a team-high 31 points. He also had six assists and five rebounds. Booker hit 12-of-25 field-goal attempts and made 7-of-12 launches from 3-point land.
Chris Paul committed an uncharacteristic six turnovers, but he still managed 23 points, eight assists, four boards and one steal. The 17-year veteran point guard buried 10-of-20 FGAs and 3-of-5 from downtown.
Mikal Bridges added 27 points and seven rebounds, while Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points, 11 boards, four assists, three steals and a pair of blocked shots. Jae Crowder contributed 11 points, 10 boards and three assists without a turnover. Phoenix was on fire from 3-point territory, hitting 20-of-40 attempts.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo drained 15-of-22 FGAs en route to a game-high 42 points. He also had 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal. However, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday combined to make merely 12-of-37 FGAs. Pat Connaughton scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting from long distance.
For Sunday’s Game 3, most books have the Bucks installed as four-point home favorites with a total of 222. The Suns are +155 on the money line.
Milwaukee (58-33 SU, 42-49 ATS) has compiled a 33-11 SU record and a 23-21 ATS mark in 44 home games. The Suns are 30-14 SU and 25-17-2 ATS in 44 road assignments.
FanDuel has Phoenix as the -480 ‘chalk’ for the updated series price, leaving the Bucks at +380 on the comeback. The betting shop also has the Suns at -1.5 games at a -200 price, with Milwaukee at +1.5 for a +160 return.
Tip-off for Game 3 on Sunday night is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Eastern on ABC.