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Will the Bucks win their first championship in 50 years? Or will the Suns force a Game 7 in their quest for their first-ever title? Well, let’s see what William Hill bettors think.
The Bucks picked up a crucial Game 5 victory in Phoenix, and now they hold a 3-2 series edge ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Milwaukee has a chance to win it all at home, with tip set for 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on ABC.
Milwaukee (-200 on the moneyline) is a 5-point favorite over Phoenix (+175 ML) at William Hill, with the total sitting at 222.
“We haven’t moved much,” said Nick Bogdanovich, Director of Trading for William Hill US. “The spread and moneylines have been like rocks at those numbers. Usually you see some movement, it’s nice when you don’t have to get on and off a number. Because they land every now and then.”
Even with the Suns dropping three games in a row for just the second time all season, many William Hill bettors haven’t been afraid to take Phoenix on the road.
“We’re high on the Suns, I’m a little surprised that they’re taking the dog here,” Bogdanovich said. “I guess they feel it’s been a very close series, and that Phoenix will find a way to keep this game close too even with Milwaukee having all the momentum. A few of those games could have gone either way, so they’re biting on the plus money with Phoenix.”
The Suns have collected 61% of the total number of tickets and 68% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets vs. the Bucks, as well as 64% of the total number of tickets and 52% of the total dollars wagered for all moneyline wagers.
That includes one New Jersey bettor putting down $33,000 on Suns +5 (-110) for a total potential payout of $63,000, which is the largest Game 6 wager taken thus far at William Hill. The biggest moneyline bet on the Suns as of now is a Washington, D.C. bettor laying $20,000 on Suns ML +175 for a total potential payout of $55,000.
Meanwhile, the biggest Bucks bet is a Nevada bettor placing $24,635.45 on Bucks ML -200 for a total potential payout of $36,953.15.
The total has experienced a drop of a full point from its opening number, falling from 223 to 222. Yet, it’s the over that has received the majority of the action.
“We’re definitely going to need the under again,” Bogdanovich said. “They’ve been betting the over the entire series. There hasn’t been sharp money on the under yet, but I think they’re waiting for the total to go up. There has been sharp money during the series for the under, so I just think they’re waiting for a bigger number.”
The over has generated 55% of the total number of tickets and 72% of the total dollars wagered so far.
Many William Hill bettors will be hoping to cash their Bucks championship futures wagers tonight. The biggest William Hill wager on the Bucks winning the title came in the form of a series future when Milwaukee was down 1-0 in the NBA Finals. A Nevada bettor staked $100,000 on Bucks +250 for a total potential payout of $350,000.
Additionally, one New Jersey bettor has a two-leg championship parlay, putting $500 down back in early June on Lightning +400 to win the Stanley Cup and Bucks +550 to win the NBA title. If Milwaukee wins either tonight or Thursday if this series reaches Game 7, the total payout would be $16,250.
Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Suns and Bucks below.