The 2021 NBA Finals became much more interesting over the weekend after the Milwaukee Bucks snatched their first win of the series against the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks now have a chance to even things up when they host Game 4 this evening.
Milwaukee looked dominant in the last outing, getting yet another massive performance from superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo on the team’s way to its first NBA Finals victory in almost five decades. Antetokounmpo scored 41 in the contest—the second consecutive game in which he totaled up at least 40 points, joining Shaquille O’Neal as the only player in Finals history to accomplish the feat—while also adding 13 rebounds and six assists.
More importantly, the rest of the Bucks looked motivated and played much better than they had in the initial two games of the 2021 Finals. After being outscored by a total of 27 points in Games 1 and 2 when Antetokounmpo sat, Milwaukee’s finally bench provided the spark the team desperately needed in Game 3. Bobby Portis led the reserves with 11 points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes, while Pat Connaughton hit a pair of treys on his way to eight points.
The Suns struggled far more against the Bucks defense on Sunday than they had at home, with Devin Booker going especially cold in the matchup. The star scorer finished with a meager 10 points on 21% shooting, hitting just one of his seven three-point attempts. Deandre Ayton was Phoenix’s most effective weapon when he was on the floor—going 8-of-11 from the field to finish with 18 points to go along with his nine rebounds—but foul trouble limited him to just 24 minutes of action.
With the victory, the Bucks moved to 8-1 at Fiserv Forum during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the best home winning percentage of any team to appear on the bracket. The club will need to once again successfully defend its digs tonight to avoid going down 3-1 in the series, a deficit that may end up being insurmountable. Only one team—the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers—has ever lifted the Larry O’Brien Trophy after winning just one of the first four games of an NBA Finals series.
Given how well the Suns have played at home during this postseason—they are 8-2 at their own venue, a better winning percentage than every team in the field aside from Milwaukee—it’s exceedingly unlikely they would fail to capture the franchise’s first ever championship following a win in Game 4.
Oddsmakers aren’t too high on Phoenix’s chances to go up 3-1, installing the visitors as a rather sizable five-point underdog for Game 4. The Suns were also ‘dogs in Game 3, failing to cover the four-point spread after getting blown out by a 120-100 margin.
The series and MVP award odds also changed in wake of Milwaukee’s victory, although bookmakers are still predicting the Suns end up as the 2021 Finals champions. The Bucks did move from +370 to +200 after securing a “W”, however, while Phoenix’s line dipped from -470 to -270. Chris Paul is still the odds-on favorite for the Finals MVP award, but Antetokounmpo gained some ground leading up to Game 4. CP3 is still -240 chalk to capture the hardware, but Giannis is sitting at +220 after going into Game 3 at +400. Devin Booker dropped out of contention following his off night, moving from +240 to +1200.
You can find the full list of MVP odds and more betting lines for both tonight’s contest and the series below, but first check out the full Game 4 viewing guide. It includes the schedule, start time, TV channel and live stream site so you won’t miss a minute of the excitement. You can also find the complete 2021 NBA Playoff bracket, the full list of NBA Finals scores and updated standings going into Game 4.
2021 NBA Finals Game 4 Viewing Guide
Date And Start Time: Thursday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and ESPN App
NBA Finals 2021 Standings, Scores And Schedule
Game 1: Suns 118 – Bucks 105 (Phoenix 1 – Milwaukee 0)
Game 2: Suns 118 – Bucks 108 (Phoenix 2 – Milwaukee 0)
Game 3: Bucks 120 – Suns 100 (Phoenix 2 – Milwaukee 1)
Game 4: Wednesday, July 14, Phoenix at Milwaukee, 9p ET, ABC
Game 5: Saturday, July 17, Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9 ET, ABC
Game 6: Tuesday, July 20, Phoenix at Milwaukee, TBD, ABC*
Game 7: Thursday, July 22, Milwaukee at Phoenix, TBD, ABC*
2021 NBA Playoff Bracket
NBA Finals 2021 Odds
Championship Odds: Suns -270, Bucks +200
Game 4 Odds: Bucks -5
Game 4 Total: Over-Under 221 Points
Game 4 Moneyline: Bucks -200, Suns +168
NBA Finals odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
2021 NBA Finals Props
- Suns 4-1 (+280)
- Suns 4-2 (+320)
- Suns 4-3 (+240)
- Bucks 4-2 (+500)
- Bucks 4-3 (+460)
- Suns -1.5 Games (+110)
- Bucks +1.5 Games (-134)
Series Total Games
- Five (+280)
- Six (+155)
- Seven (+120)
NBA Finals 2021 MVP Odds
- Chris Paul -240
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: +200
- Devin Booker +1200
- Deandre Ayton: +8000
- Khris Middleton: +12000
- Jrue Holiday: +18000
- Mikal Bridges: +24000
- Brook Lopez: +24000
- Jae Crowder: +25000