Game 5 of the NBA Finals was a surprise to many, with the Milwaukee Bucks defeating the Phoenix Suns on the road. We have Game 6 set for Tuesday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET, airing on ABC. The Bucks will have a chance to win the series on their home floor.
With different players stepping up each game and turning in great performances, player props and parlays have been fun to bet. Let’s take a look at a few parlays that are interesting to place for Tuesday.
Suns vs. Bucks Game 6 Parlay Bet Picks & Predictions
Total Parlay Odds: +550
Wager: $50 (win would pay $325)
Game Result - Bucks Win
Deer District has packed 25,000 fans outside of the arena in each of the NBA Finals home games and still had thousands there when the team was playing in Phoenix. There’s no doubting how great the fans are, and they know they can give their team a massive advantage in winning a championship Tuesday.
Partly thanks to their home crowd, Milwaukee has been dominant at the Fiserv Forum in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, going 9-1 there with six double-digit victories. Chris Paul barely showed up in Games 3 and 4 in Milwaukee. If that continues in this game, the Suns don’t have a chance.
Team Points - Each Team Over 104.5
These teams have both gone on long scoring runs, draining shots from anywhere on the floor. It should continue here in Game 6, with both teams scoring over 104.5 points. The betting odds are also projecting this to happen, with a 222-point implied total and a five-point spread. These teams have now met seven times this season. The Suns have been the only team not to score at least 105 points, and it has happened twice.
Result - Suns Win First Quarter
The Suns have jumped out to early leads in each of the past three games, followed by the Bucks storming back in the second quarter. This was most obvious in Game 5, as the Suns led 37-21 after the first quarter but went into halftime down by three.
Despite the Bucks winning Games 3 and 4 at home, the Suns won both first quarters, starting off sharp. Overall, Phoenix has won the first quarter in four of the first five games of the NBA Finals, and they should be itching to get back on the court in Game 6. In fact, Phoenix has out-scored Milwaukee by 22 points over the past three first quarters, while the Bucks have then out-scored the Suns by 40 points in the last three second quarters. I’m projecting the pattern to continue.
NBA Finals Game 6 Parlay Player Prop Picks
Both organizations play great team basketball, and role players are vital to each club’s success, making the player prop bets more intriguing.
Total Parlay Odds: +550
Wager: $50 (win would pay $325)
Player Points - Chris Paul Under 21.5
While Devin Booker is impressing social media with his highlights, there’s no doubting the Suns’ success is mostly influenced by the performance of Paul. The past three losses have seen Paul score 21 points or less, while the past three wins featured scoring performances of 23 or more. His last two games in Milwaukee were inefficient and sloppy. With Phoenix projected to lose, it seems like Paul will be a reason for that.
Player Points - Giannis Antetokounmpo Over 30.5
Giannis Antetokounmpo has looked exhausted over the past few games, though that hasn’t seemed to matter. The Greek Freak has scored at least 32 points in three of the past four games, and although he scored just 26 points in Game 4, he only attempted eight free throws in the game — his fewest in the series so far.
Player Three-Pointers - Jae Crowder 3+
We have seen Jae Crowder left alone behind the three-point arc often this series, and that’s because the defense is more focused on Booker or the action between Paul and Deandre Ayton. Crowder has taken advantage, shooting 56% from deep over the past four games and 46.7% on the series. Game 5 featured the Suns leading most of the game, which resulted in Crowder getting just four attempts from three. This was a series-low and shouldn’t happen Tuesday.
Player Assists - Jrue Holiday Over 7.5
Jrue Holiday should be given a lot of praise for the Bucks’ road win due to his aggressive offense and pesky defense. While his scoring has been inconsistent during the postseason, his ability to facilitate the offense and find open teammates has been very consistent. Holiday has nine or more assists in seven of his past nine games. The two failed attempts featured games of seven assists, so he was still just below this prop line. Playing alongside Antetokounmpo, he should keep the trend going.
Suns vs. Bucks Game 6 Parlay Longshot
What’s an NBA Playoffs parlay article without a longshot parlay? Something that looks good on paper and would look even better to cash out, although the level of risk is clearly really high. Still, it’s worth sprinkling a little on this parlay since the screenshots you send your friends will be more than worth it!
Total Parlay Odds: +850
Wager: $10 (win would pay $95)
Double Result - Suns/Suns
We discussed above that the Suns have started games off quickly. Their biggest struggle has been staying steady in the second quarter. If they can at least trade buckets in the second quarter, they have a strong chance to win this game.
Team Points - Suns Over 114.5
The Suns and Bucks have now played each other seven times this season, with two of the matchups taking place in the regular season. Phoenix has won four of these games. They scored at least 118 points in all four games, averaging 122.25 points across their four wins. It seems clear that they will need to win a track meet if they are to win this game.
Player Points + Assists - Chris Paul 30+
Again, we discussed above how the Suns’ success has been tied directly to the offensive success of Paul. He has scored 23+ points in each of the past three wins. The last time he finished a game with less than seven assists was June 1.
Player Rebounds - Deandre Ayton 13+
Another pattern that can be seen along with the Suns winning is Ayton dominating the boards. It makes sense, as the Suns playing with a lead likely means their opponents are forced to shoot long-range shots to catch up, thus creating more opportunities for easy rebounds. Ayton has 14 or more rebounds in four of the Suns’ past five wins. He has also averaged 16.6 rebounds over these five games.
All Bucks-Suns Game 6 odds, lines, and bets are courtesy of BetMGM. BetMGM offers a Risk-Free Bet for up to $600 for new players.