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Suns installed as NBA Finals favorites over Bucks

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 30: Chris Paul # 3 of the Phoenix Suns holds up the Western Conference Championship trophy after the Suns defeated the LA Clippers in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center on June 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How / Getty Images / AFP (Photo by Harry How / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

The Phoenix Suns are the first betting favorites to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and win the NBA Finals.

The Suns opened at -175 on William Hill’s Caesars Sportsbook, with the Bucks at +150. PointsBet (-180), DraftKings (-177) and BetMGM (-165) agreed that Phoenix should be installed as a favorite.

In an NBA postseason characterized by the injuries of one of the best players from nearly every team, the Suns have reached the Finals relatively unscathed, save for two games that Chris Paul missed due to COVID-19 protocols.

The Suns’ favorite status can be seen, at least in part, as a reflection of the uncertainty surrounding Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, who missed Games 5 and 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with a hyperextended left knee suffered in Game 4.

The league’s two-time MVP watched from the bench as Khris Middleton, Jrue Holliday and Brook Lopez led Milwaukee to a 4-2 series victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks are playing in their first NBA Finals since 1974 and are seeking the franchise’s second NBA title after winning in 1971. The Suns, led by Paul, Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton, are seeking their first title. in the history of the franchise; It is his first appearance in the Finals since 1993.

The series begins in Phoenix on Tuesday, with Antetokounmpo’s status still unknown.

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