NBA betting: Pick against the spread for Wednesday's Game 1 between the Hawks and Bucks

Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks (-8), Total: 225.5

Either the Milwaukee Bucks or Atlanta Hawks are going to break a long NBA Finals drought.

The No. 2 seeded Bucks haven’t been to an NBA Finals since 1974 when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was part of the team. The No. 5 seeded Hawks’ streak is even longer. Atlanta hasn’t been to the Finals since 1961. The team was the St. Louis Hawks back then.

Milwaukee is a big favorite to win the series and entering Wednesday night’s Game 1 and is giving Atlanta a lot of points against the spread. Milwaukee is now an 8-point favorite against the Hawks after the line shifted late Tuesday night.

Why is the line so big? Atlanta is 21-22 on the road this year while Milwaukee is 31-10. Though the Bucks are just 38-45 against the spread so far in 2020-21.

Bucks games have tended to go over the total this year as the over has hit 44 times. But four of the last five games between the two teams have gone under the betting total. And five of the last six Hawks games have also hit the under. You may want to think about betting the under.

Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay also thinks you should go with the upset on the moneyline. The Hawks won Game 1 against the New York Knicks in the first round and also won Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. He thinks that will continue on Wednesday night.

“Follow the trend and take the Atlanta Hawks moneyline on the road,” Quay said.

Prop bet we like: Brook Lopez over 13.5 points

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