The Phoenix Suns are now huge underdogs in their NBA Finals series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
But they still have a chance to win the NBA title.
After going up 3-2 with a win in Game 5, OddsChecker put the Bucks' NBA title odds at -400, or 80%.
It placed the Suns at +310, or 24.4%.
Kyle Newman wrote: “It took a total team effort for the Bucks to pull off the road win (Saturday). Giannis 32, Middleton 29, and Holiday 27, all chipped in to make it happen. Now they get the chance to close it out at home, where they have just 1 playoff loss this year. It’s easy to see why oddsmakers have shifted so strongly. On the other hand, the Bucks needed 3 players to be stars to pull this one off. How likely is that to happen again?”
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FiveThirtyEight is a little higher on Phoenix's chances after the Suns' Game 5 loss.
It currently gives Phoenix a 25% chance to win the title, with the Bucks at 75%.
The Ringer has Milwaukee with a 73% shot at winning the NBA title heading into Game 6 and Phoenix with a 27% chance.
It has the Bucks winning the series in six games with a 53% chance and the Bucks winning the series in seven games with a 20% chance.
It gives the Suns winning the championship in seven games a 27% chance.
Basketball Reference gives the Bucks a 74.8% chance to win the finals and it gives Phoenix a 25.2% shot.
ESPN has the Suns at 22.9% to win the title right now and the Bucks at 77.1%.
Those NBA championship odds would shift dramatically if Phoenix were to somehow win Game 6 and force a Game 7 at home.
Yahoo Sports' Frank Schwab wrote that the Suns may be down in the series against the Bucks, but they are definitely not out of it.
He wrote: "The Suns are still perfectly capable of winning two in a row. The road is a lot harder now, of course. Milwaukee will be fired up with its chance to clinch an NBA title at home for the first time in franchise history. The only time the Bucks won an NBA championship, in 1971, they were on the road. Even if the Suns steal Game 6, the Bucks have now shown they can win in Phoenix. But the series isn't over. Far from it. The Suns can still win it, and now you're getting pretty good odds on it.
How do you think the series will end?
Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2021/07/19/nba-title-odds-phoenix-suns-milwaukee-bucks-nba-finals/8020875002/1077