The 2021 NBA Finals moves on to Game 2 tonight, following up on the Phoenix Suns’ big win over the Milwaukee Bucks in the opener. While Phoenix now has an edge in the series, the team can’t let up and should expect a desperate Milwaukee foe’s best shot in Game 2. It should be an exciting one for fans to watch, so read on to find out how you can catch all the action this evening:
2021 NBA Finals Game 2 Viewing Guide
Date And Start Time: Thursday, July 8 at 9 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN.com and ESPN App
Chris Paul, making the first Finals appearance of his Hall of Fame-caliber career, was instrumental in Phoenix’s 118-105 victory on Tuesday. The 16-year veteran racked up 32 points and nine assists in the contest, helping the Suns win a game in the Finals for the first time since 1993.
That performance not only helped Paul’s case to become the Finals MVP—he already had the best chances going into it and is now the odds-on favorite at -150—but also bumped the Suns to -300 chalk in the series. Bettors now need to risk $3 to win $1 on Phoenix raising a banner, while the Bucks have dropped down to +240 underdogs, a line that would return $2.40 for each $1 wagered should Milwaukee come back and win it all.
It may not be an elimination game, but the Suns could get one giant step closer to raising the franchise’s first ever Larry O’Brien Trophy with a victory tonight. Bookmakers like their chances of doing so, installing Phoenix as a 4.5-point favorite for Game 2. You can check out the complete list of odds for the contest, the series and the MVP below.
NBA Finals 2021 Odds
Championship Odds: Suns -300, Bucks +240
Game 2 Odds: Suns -4.5
Game 2 Total: Over-Under 220.5 Points
Game 2 Moneyline: Suns -200, Bucks +165
NBA Finals odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook
NBA Finals 2021 MVP Odds
- Chris Paul -150
- Giannis Antetokounmpo: +500
- Devin Booker +500
- Khris Middleton: +800
- Deandre Ayton: +1200
- Jrue Holiday: +4500
- Mikal Bridges: +13000
- Brook Lopez: +19000
- Jae Crowder: +24000
One of the major storylines leading up to the 2021 NBA Finals was the status Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks star who had missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals with a hyperextended left knee. He was listed as doubtful leading up to the contest’s start time, but ultimately was healthy enough to give it a go, chipping in 20 points and a team-high 17 rebounds in the losing effort.
While going down a game is tough, the Bucks have displayed resilience from this unenviable position before. The team has now lost Game 1 in each of its three most recent 2021 NBA Playoff series, battling back from the deficit and advancing on both prior occasions. Losing Game 2 will be much more difficult for Milwaukee to overcome, however, as only 7% of teams have gone on to win an NBA Playoffs series after trailing 0-2 in it.
You can track how both the Suns and Bucks reached the 2021 NBA Finals by checking out the 2021 NBA Playoff bracket:
2021 NBA Playoff Bracket
Even if the Suns go up 2-0 with a Game 2 victory, there will still be at least two more NBA Finals games on the schedule. The series will go on hiatus until Sunday, giving players time to rest and travel before things pick back up in Milwaukee for Game 3. Below you will find the full series schedule and NBA Finals standings, as well as some highlights from Game 1 to get you ready for tonight’s clash.
NBA Finals 2021 Standings, Scores And Schedule
- Game 1: Suns 118 – Bucks 105 (Phoenix 1 – Milwaukee 0)
- Game 2: Thursday, July 8, Milwaukee at Phoenix, 9p ET, ABC
- Game 3: Sunday, July 11, Phoenix at Milwaukee, 8p ET, ABC
- 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*