Phoenix Suns Remain Slight Favorites to Win Championship

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By Bryce Derouin

A week ago, the Phoenix Suns held a 2-0 NBA Finals lead over the Milwaukee Bucks and owned the highest odds to win the title the franchise had ever seen at –500. But after the Bucks protected home court and evened the series, the odds have changed at AZ sportsbooks.

At DraftKings AZ Sportsbook, the Suns are still favored at –145, because they have two of the final three games at home. The Bucks were +375 when they were down 2-0 but are now +125 to take the championship after winning two straight games.

For Arizona sports betting sites, the Suns are 3.5-point favorites for Game 5 and are –165 on the moneyline, while the Bucks are +145.

Those who follow Arizona NBA betting trends have noticed that both teams’ dominance at home this postseason has continued throughout the Finals. Phoenix is 8-2 at Phoenix Suns Arena, and after winning Games 3 and 4, the Bucks improved their record at Fiserv Forum to 9-1.

DraftKings has series props, and the most likely outcome at +190 is for both teams to protect home court the remainder of the series, with the Suns winning in seven games. Suns in six is +275, while Bucks in six is +300 and Milwaukee winning in seven is +350.

Finals MVP

Giannis Antetokounmpo +130

From gaudy numbers to an iconic game-saving block, Giannis Antetokounmpo has emerged as the Finals MVP favorite. Antetokounmpo is averaging 32.3 points, 14 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. He put up back-to-back 40-point performances in Games 3 and 4 as he continually dominated inside, then put up 26 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks in the Bucks 109-103 Game 4 win. But Antetokounmpo’s game-saving block late in the fourth quarter that was the most memorable play. Antetokounmpo stuffed an alley-oop attempt to preserve a two-point lead and allow the Bucks to secure the win.

Chris Paul +180

Sportsbooks had Paul as an overwhelming favorite to win Finals MVP after Game 3. His odds were as high as –230 when Phoenix held a 2-1 advantage, but his play severely dropped off in Game 4. Paul had 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting and committed five turnovers in the loss. It was his first poor performance in the Finals after recording 32 points and nine rebounds in Game 1 and 23 points and eight assists in Game 2.

Devin Booker +260

Booker recorded a signature Finals performance in Game 4, recording 42 points on 17 of 28 shots. For large stretches of the contest, he was the Suns’ only viable offensive option.

Khris Middleton +2500

Middleton put up 40 points and made several key midrange jumpers to lead the Bucks to victory in Game 4. If it weren’t for Antetokounmpo’s stat-stuffing numbers, he would likely have better odds in the Finals MVP race.

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Bryce Derouin
Bryce joined BetArizona.com after spending the past nine years covering high school and college sports throughout Michigan. He’s served as the primary Division II beat writer for Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech. Along with his newspaper background, he's worked in marketing and has experience covering casinos and gambling.
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Bryce joined BetArizona.com after spending the past nine years covering high school and college sports throughout Michigan. He’s served as the primary Division II beat writer for Grand Valley State and Michigan Tech. Along with his newspaper background, he's worked in marketing and has experience covering casinos and gambling.
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