Nets NBA Championship Odds Skyrocket While Bucks Plummet

Devon Platana
The Brooklyn Nets' NBA Championship Odds skyrocket while the Milwaukee Bucks' odds plummet.
The Brooklyn Nets' NBA Championship Odds skyrocket while the Milwaukee Bucks' odds plummet. / Elsa/Getty Images

When the Brooklyn Nets acquired James Harden from the Houston Rockets near the start of the 2020-21 NBA season, fans and experts wondered if they could win it all. Fast forward to the second round of the playoffs and the Nets are absolutely dominating the Milwaukee Bucks to the tune of a 2-0 series lead. Keeping that in mind, it's no surprise that Brooklyn is seeing its NBA Championship odds skyrocket.

FanDuel Sportsbook has listed the Nets at +105 odds to win this season's championship. At the end of the day, these odds shouldn't come as a surprise. The Nets are looking pretty unstoppable in Round 2 and the craziest part is that they're doing it without Harden.

However, it's not like they need him as long as NBA Finals MVP favorite Kevin Durant is averaging 30.5 points/7.0 rebounds/4.5 assists in the series. Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving is doing his own damage, averaging 23.5/5.0/7.0. That's not to mention how Joe Harris has been lethal from 3-point range (8-for-16, .500) while Blake Griffin has managed to turn back the clock, as seen by how he posterized Giannis Antetokounmpo in Game 2.

Bucks Championship Odds Plummet

While the second-round series has done wonders for the Nets' NBA Championship odds, it's done the opposite for the Bucks. Down 0-2, Milwaukee's odds to win the championship have plummeted to +1660, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. That puts them ahead of only the Atlanta Hawks (+3200) and Denver Nuggets (+4200).

The Bucks were once seen as one of the few Eastern Conference teams who could stop the Nets. Instead, they've been outscored 240-193 through the first two games. Antetokounmpo has done his best to keep Milwaukee in the series, averaging 26.0/11.0/4.0, but he hasn't gotten much help from the supporting cast. Khris Middleton, who's supposed to be the Bucks' No. 2 option, is averaging an abysmal 15.0 ppg on .302/.231/.500 shooting splits. The entire team has also turned over the ball 30 times so far, compared to the Nets' 16 turnovers. There's just no way that Milwaukee can be successful playing this kind of basketball.

All in all, the Bucks just aren't living up to their potential. Until they prove that they actually pose a challenge to the Nets, it wouldn't be surprising to see their NBA Championship odds plummet even more as the series continues.

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