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Bucks' NBA Championship Odds Plummet After Game 2 Loss & Khris Middleton Injury

Isaiah De Los Santos
Milwaukee Bucks' NBA Championship odds plummet after their Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls and Khris Middleton's injury.
Milwaukee Bucks' NBA Championship odds plummet after their Game 2 loss to the Chicago Bulls and Khris Middleton's injury. / Michael McLoone-USA TODAY Sports
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Wednesday night was a disaster for the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks dropped Game 2 of their opening series with the Chicago Bulls, and All-Star Khris Middleton was forced to leave in the fourth quarter with an MCL injury.

Middleton's uncertain status for the rest of the series has caused Milwaukee's NBA championship odds on FanDuel Sportsbook to plummet.

The Bucks owned +500 odds to win the title entering Wednesday night, which placed them third behind the Golden State Warriors (+350) and Phoenix Suns (+360).

Following the loss to the Bulls and Middleton's injury, Milwaukee has fallen to +750, landing them in fifth. Their drop-off has allowed fellow Eastern Conference foes the Boston Celtics (+550) and Miami Heat (+600) to surpass them as the first round heats up.

It's certainly surprising to see the Bucks go from Eastern Conference favorites to fighting for their playoff lives against the 6-seed Bulls. Middleton isn't the only one who left Wednesday's contest injury, either, as Bobby Portis also exited with an eye abrasion.

Now both teams will eagerly await an update on the severity of Middleton's injury. There's a chance he's knocked out for the rest of the series given how MCL sprains can take weeks to heal, and Portis missing games would hurt the team's depth even further.

NBA playoff odds on FanDuel Sportsbook still currently favor the Bucks at -270 to win the series, while Chicago is +220 to pull off the upset.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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