Bucks 1-Point Favorites In Ring Ceremony Opener Against Nets

  • The Milwaukee Bucks have -120 odds and are 1-point favorites to beat the Brooklyn Nets in their ring ceremony opener.
  • The defending champions are 58-16 in Ring Ceremony games such as this one.
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo has +700 odds to score the first basket of the matchup and for the Bucks to win.

MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Bucks are 1-point favorites in their season opener against the Brooklyn Nets. This is also a Ring Ceremony game.

The Bucks won the season series against the Nets 2-1 during the 2020-2021 season. In the 2 games the Bucks won, James Harden did not play. In the game the Bucks lost, Kyrie Irving did not play. Irving will not play during the season opener but Harden will.

NBA sportsbooks also have player props surrounding Giannis Antetokounmpo’s performance. Giannis’ scoring total is set at 30.5.

Game Lines

Brooklyn Nets Vs. Milwaukee Bucks, October 19, 7:30 PM ET, TNT

  • Bucks Moneyline: -120
  • Nets Moneyline: EVEN
  • Spread: Bucks -1.0
  • Totals: O/U 234.5

Historically, the defending champions have a 58-16 record (.784) opening night and have won 7 of their last 10 home openers. The Bucks have also won 3 of their last 4 season opener games.

The Kevin Durant Brooklyn Nets won their sole 2020-2021 season opener, but this was at home. The Nets had a 20-16 record on the road and they will be on the road opening night against the Bucks.

The Bucks are only slight favorites at online sportsbooks with the spread set at -1. Taking the Bucks to cover at -110 is more profitable than simply taking the moneyline at -120.

Alternate spreads are also more profitable. Taking the Bucks -2 nets EVEN odds, -2.5 nets +110 odds, and -3.0 nets +120 odds.

Brooklyn could also see more cash made if sports bettors take them to cover. The Nets -1.5 spread has +110 odds and the -2 spread has +115 odds. Brooklyn is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games against Milwaukee, however.

The Nets Vs. The Bucks matchup has been low-scoring. The total is set at 234.5 with -115 odds on both the OVER and the UNDER. In their last 9 matchups, the UNDER has hit 7-1-1. The UNDER is 5-0 in the last 5 games in Milwaukee.

Giannis’ Player Specials

Reigning NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo has -105 odds to score OVER 30.5 points and -125 to score UNDER. The Greek Freak averaged 39.7 ppg against the Nets during the 2020-2021 season. Giannis also averaged 10.7 rebounds and 5 assists against Brooklyn.

Giannis’ total rebounds and assists are set at 17.5, total points and rebounds set at 43.5, and his total points, rebounds, and assists are set at 48.5.

In the season opener against the Boston Celtics last season, Giannis put up 35 points, 2 assists, and 13 rebounds for 50 total.

There are +380 odds for Giannis to score the first basket. For more action, NBA gamblers can net +700 for Giannis to score the first basket and the Bucks win or +800 for Giannis to score the first basket and the Nets win. Khris Middleton scored the first basket in his season opener against the Celtics last season.

The game begins at 7:30 p.m. EST on TNT.