- The Milwaukee Bucks visit the Big Apple to take on the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is tipped to outscore Kevin Durant, but only barely.
- The Greek Freak might win the NBA Scoring Title if Lebron James doesn’t play any remaining games.
NEW YORK - The Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets are set to face off on Thursday.
The Bucks and the Nets are some of the most highly regarded teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, both with +550 odds to win the NBA Championship.
Both teams are star-centric, with the Nets revolving around Kevin Durant, while the Bucks key off of the skills of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The two best players in the Eastern Conference are ready to face off, and online sportsbooks have odds on which one will be more effective.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Points O/U Odds
- Over 32.5 -104
- Under 32.5 -126
Kevin Durant Points O/U Odds
- Over 30.5 -130
- Under 30.5 +100
At first glance, it may seem like Giannis is clearly expected to score more points than Durant, as his O/U for points is higher.
However, taking a closer look at the shading on both O/Us reveals that Giannis’ O/U is less likely to hit, while Durant’s is more likely.
Giannis is still likely to outscore Durant, but it is closer than it seems at first glance, as is demonstrated by their head-to-head odds.
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Most Points: Kevin Durant (BKN) vs Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) Odds
- Kevin Durant -112
- Giannis Antetokounmpo -134
In the head-to-head, Giannis comes out slightly favored to outscore Durant, although it should also be noted that there is an astonishingly large vig on this head-to-head matchup.
The Greek Freak is second in the league in points per game this year, averaging 29.9 points per game.
Notably, LeBron James, the only person ahead of him in scoring, plays an average of 4.4 more minutes per game and only scores 0.2 points more.
Additionally, Giannis’ +600 odds to win the NBA scoring title might be a very good bet since Lebron will not be eligible to win it if he does not play the remaining games in the season.
Durant has averaged 29.7 points per game this season, just below Giannis, although he has only played in 49 games so far.
The two seem to be evenly matched, and Thursday’s game could be a playoff preview of what should be a barn-burner of a matchup for NBA betting fans to enjoy.
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