The Milwaukee Bucks look to build off their commanding 120-100 Game 3 victory to even the 2021 NBA Finals with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo finally was able to get significant assistance from his All-Star teammates Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday to not only prevent any talks of a sweep, but also give Milwaukee a real chance to completely turn around the whole series. 

Holiday’s contributions were so key, as his four three-pointers barrage in the third quarter Sunday night took the Bucks to the championship level they hoped his addition would bring them. It also lead to Holiday maintaining that edge defensively to slow down Chris Paul at the other end of the court. 

While CP3 may have been slowed down, the verb to describe his backcourt mate Devin Booker’s Game 3 is that he was “stopped.” The rising star shooting guard finished with an abysmal 10 points from 3 for 14 shooting (1 for 7 from three) on Sunday. However, this is the third time this postseason that Booker has had a forgettable Game 3 on the road, only for him to bounce back in the previous two and get the Suns to where they are currently at. So Suns fans should not overreact to his most recent performance. 

Here are my best bets for Game 4 that you should consider taking. 

Player Prop Bets

Antetokounmpo, Over 34.5 Points (+110)

After back-to-back 40 point games, one could be a little too overconfident that Giannis would come close to three-peating that scoring feat in Game 4. Suns head coach Monty Williams and his staff will do their damnest to limit Giannis’ touches and many attempts at the free throw line, something inconceivable just two days ago. 

Still, this is as good of a chance to make profit with Giannis this series. He has scored 40 points in three of the five games he’s played vs the Suns this regular season and Playoffs combined. And with his resilience towards injuries, free throw shooting and every critic of his right now, it would be very difficult for the Suns to still prevent The Greek Freak from getting at least 35 points. 

Jae Crowder, Over 10.5 Points (+105) 

The terrific road shooting these Playoffs for Crowder continued on Sunday, going 6 for 7 from three to give the Suns 18 points. 

You can expect Mikal Bridges to bounce back from a four-point Game 3, as his surprising passivity allowed Crowder more opportunities for threes. But Crowder has gotten the Over the past two games. He played college at the Fiserv Forum with Marquette, showing how comfortable he is shooting in his opponent’s arena. Once again, his 10.5 total is a friendly Over bet to take. 

Game 4 Total Points Over/Under, 221.5

(Under -110, Over -110) 

We were an Abdel Nader three-poiinter away from having the Over for the Points Total for a third straight Finals game. The Bucks comfortably strolling to a win Sunday slowed down the scoring pace after a torrid first and third quarters for both teams. 

You can expect much better performances offensively from Booker and Bridges, while seeing the likes of Antetokounmpo and Middleton replicate their usual scoring should also occur. The key to how many points we see Wednesday night is Holiday. Can the Bucks point guard match or come close to his peak shooting display of Game 3? 

It’s vital for Holliday to continue attacking the basket first instead of primarily settle for jumpshots. In the end, I think we see the Over return for Game 4. 

Final Score Prediction: Suns 115, Bucks 111 

Keeping Deandre Ayton out of foul trouble, as well as contributing to a decline in Holiday’s production, are the two keys for the Suns to correct from Game 3 and take full control of this series in Game 4 . 

A well-coached team is capable of making winning adjustments during series, and Phoenix certainly is a team not lacking in competence from the sideline. Game 3 got away from them the minute Ayton picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, so you can bet Williams, assistant coach Willie Green, CP3 and others have stressed the importance of him staying on the court. 

The pressure is still on the Bucks to protect their home court against an always potent, balanced Suns team. The loss of Dario Saric was felt on Sunday with Ayton’s foul trouble, but the Western Conference champions still have enough bodies to win the title. Their B-level is still better than Milwaukee’s, and they will take Game 4 to have a 3-1 series lead and be a step away from a first franchise title.