Just when it appeared that the 2021 NBA Finals were going to end quickly, the Milwaukee Bucks flipped the script on their home court.
After falling behind 2-0 in the series with two defeats on the road, the home environment provided new life for the Bucks. They won an incredibly exciting fourth game on Wednesday night to even the series at two games apiece.
Now, as the NBA Finals transition back to Phoenix for a pivotal Game 5, West Virginia sportsbooks have updated all of their betting odds.
While you can wager on the next game on Saturday night, you can also put some action down on team and player futures.
The series is back to even despite the fact that the Suns’ Devin Booker looked unstoppable in the previous tilt. Thankfully for the Bucks, Khris Middleton was spectacular as well and took control in the final minutes.
Let’s examine the adjusted odds available at WV online sportsbooks and how this series might play out.
NBA Finals Odds At WV Sportsbooks
Suns-Bucks Game 5 Preview
Milwaukee needed to take care of business at home, and it did just that. The Bucks rolled to a 20-point victory in a must-win Game 3, then took last night’s contest with a comeback in the fourth quarter.
After Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 40 points in consecutive games, he was much more pedestrian on Wednesday. He still recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds; however, it was Middleton who did the heavy lifting for Milwaukee.
He scored 40 points, including 10 in the final two minutes and change. The Bucks actually trailed by seven points with fewer than nine minutes remaining.
Booker tried to do everything he could for Phoenix, but it just wasn’t enough. He also hit the 40-point mark with 42 on 61% shooting from the field.
Unfortunately for the Suns, point guard Chris Paul had his worst showing of the postseason. He looked out of it the entire duration of the game, and his statistics show it.
Paul tallied only 10 points in 37 minutes, while turning the ball over five times.
The Suns looked like they were in firm control of the NBA Finals but now must regroup as they head home. Typically, role players are much more effective during home games as opposed to on the road in the playoffs.
Although center Deandre Ayton is more than a bench contributor, he wasn’t his best in the last two contests.
He was effective on the offensive end in Game 3, but foul trouble kept him off the court. Ayton played just 24 minutes total as Antetokounmpo dominated inside.
Then, in the most recent game, he scored only six points on nine shot attempts.
For the Suns to get back to their winning ways, they’ll need their big man to stay on the floor and be efficient.
Betting On The 2021 NBA Finals
With the series going back to Phoenix Suns Arena, WV sportsbooks have the home side as a slight favorite for Game 5. According to DraftKings WV, the Suns are laying -3.5 in the point spread, while their moneyline is available at -165.
Bettors can take the Bucks receiving the points or their moneyline odds of +145.
The game’s total, which has remained around the same for the whole series, is posted at 218.5 points right now.
Through the first four meetings, the home team is unbeaten against the spread.
As far as the series is concerned, the odds are much tighter now. Phoenix is considered the favorite still but is listed only at -145. The Bucks are shown at +125 to win two of the next three.
Before the finals began, the Suns were around -200 to win it all, compared to Milwaukee at +165.
With three games left, it’s difficult to tell how the series might unfold.
Since the home team has dominated thus far, DraftKings created a market to wager on whether a road side will ever win. You’re able to bet on the over 0.5 road wins at -370 or the under with odds of +280.
Bettors can pick the exact number of road victories as well. The online sportsbook has the following odds:
- 0 wins +280
- 1 win -175
- 2 wins +750
- 3 wins +1300
Determining which player wins the MVP award is another market that’s been updated. Paul was the favorite to start the NBA Finals, but now he’s second behind Antetokounmpo.
Booker’s performance helped get him back in the mix, but he’s still looking up at both players.
FanDuel Sportsbook WV lists the following odds for finals MVP:
- Giannis Antetokounmpo +110
- Chris Paul +170
- Devin Booker +240
- Khris Middleton +2000
- Deandre Ayton +10000
- Jrue Holiday +12000