The Suns opened at -175 at William Hill’s Caesars Sportsbook, with the Bucks listed as +150 underdogs. Phoenix is a 5.5-point favorite against Milwaukee in Game 1 on Tuesday.
The price of the Line and Series of Game 1 reflects the belief of punters that the Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo The best-of-seven will likely miss at least part of the series. Antetokounmpo missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference final against the Atlanta hawks after suffering a left knee hyperextension at the end of Game 4. His status for the final against the Suns is unclear.
Last week, ahead of Antetokounmpo’s injury and with the Bucks and Suns leading their series, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted a first-series prize on a possible Milwaukee-Phoenix clash in the final. The SuperBook opened the Bucks as a -150 favorite over the Suns.
A week later, with Antetokounmpo injured, the odds have shifted, with Phoenix now the favorite.
The first action came on the Suns at SuperBook, which opened with Phoenix at -150.
Jeff Sherman, who oversees NBA odds for the SuperBook, said they took several limited bets on the Suns to win the series on Saturday night, prompting him to move the price to -170.
Sherman expects Antetokounmpo to at least miss the start of the NBA Finals and believes the date he returns will be dictated by the outcome of the first few games.
“The Bucks would have been the favorites if there had been no injury to Giannis,” Sherman told ESPN.
The Suns won both games against Milwaukee in the regular season, in a pair of tight one-point wins.