NBA Playoffs: Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets Looking To Take 3-0 Advantage Versus Bucks

Even a casual fan watching the NBA Playoffs has to be coming to the same conclusion as New Jersey sportsbooks.

The Brooklyn Nets (+110) are winning the 2021 NBA Championship.
The odds-on favorite Nets are toying with Eastern Conference opponents right now, similar to how a cat plays with a dead mouse.

Five of the team’s six playoff wins have been by double-digits.
Monday’s night dismantling of the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 at Barclays Center was clear and convincing evidence that this team is nearly unstoppable

The Nets led by as many as 49 points in the fourth quarter and won by 39.
And Brooklyn staged that performance with one of its Big Three in street clothes.


NBA Playoffs continue Thursday night in Milwaukee

The Nets have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Game 3 tips off at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum.

Brooklyn will be without James Harden and Jeff Green on Thursday night.
The Bucks are a 3.5 point favorite at BetMGM and DraftKings Sportsbook,  at least as of mid-afternoon Thursday.

Two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is set at over/under 32.5 points at FanDuel Sportsbook. Milwaukee’s leading scorer averaged 28.1 points per game in the regular season. That number dips to 24.3 PPG in the playoffs.

For a Greek Freak combo points and rebounds, FanDuel set the over/under at 45.5.

Over/under for Game 3 ranges between 233.5 to 243.5 points at most NJ online sportsbooks.


Nets superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are both projected to have big games, too. Durant’s over/under is 32.5 points, while Irving’s posted line is 28.5 points at DraftKings. The over is -106 and the under is -121 for both players.

Durant, Harden, and Irving averaged 85.2 points in the first-round series against the Boston Celtics. It is the highest-scoring series for a trio in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

With or without Harden, Durant is playing like the guy who won 2017 NBA Finals MVP with the Golden State Warriors.

Through the first seven games of the 2021 postseason, Durant is putting up otherworldly numbers. He is shooting 55% from the field and 50% from 3-point range, both career playoff bests. His 32 points per game are the third-highest of his postseason career.

And if Durant keeps putting up these numbers, the rest of the remaining NBA team will have a tough time stopping his Nets.

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