NBA News and Notes, May 2: Giannis, Bucks Defeat the Nets, Lakers Lose

  • Giannis and the Bucks take down the Brooklyn Nets in Sunday’s central game.
  • Portland continued with its winning streak on the road, defeating Boston on the road.
  • The LA Lakers lost at home to Toronto Raptors.

Sunday in the NBA was intense. VegasOdds.com presents a short report of what happened across the league.

Bucks Beat Nets, Giannis outplay Durant and Irving

The latest NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, scored 49 points this Sunday while leading his Milwaukee Bucks to a win over the Brooklyn Nets, 117-114. This is a very important victory for the hosts, who try to reach the No.1 seed in the East currently held by the guests from Brooklyn. What we also need to say is that these two sides meet again in two days’ time.

Giannis added 8 boards and shot 21-for-36 from the field, playing 36 minutes. Khris Middleton was his best support with 26 buckets, 11 rebounds, and six assists, while Jrue Holiday dropped 18. 

On the other side, Kevin Durant had 42 points, 10 boards, 16-for-33, seven threes. Kyrie Irving ended the night with 20 points, seven boards, and six assists.

The game saw both teams leading, yet none of them managed to pull away. Nets had a small, 4-point lead in the final period, but the Bucks bounced back and managed to hold off the visitors in the final moments. 

Another match between these two rivals takes place on Tuesday.

Trail Blazers Perfect on the Road, Beat Celtics

Terry Stotts’ side posted its fourth win in a row, all of them away from Moda Center. In last night’s event, they would beat the Celtics at TD Garden, 129-119, thanks to superb CJ McCollum. The dynamic guard finished the night with 33 points and five boards and assists, pushing his Blazers to another win, their 36th of the year. 

Damian Lillard added a double-double with 26 points and 13 assists, and Norman Powell had another big game with 23 points. Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 and had 11 boards, while Carmelo Anthony dropped 13 points. 

For Boston, Jayson Tatum had a team-high 33 buckets, Evan Fournier scored 21, making five threes, and Jaylen Brown and Aaron Nesmith both had 16 buckets. The Cs slipped outside the playoff into the play-in zone right now, while Portland holds the sixth spot in the West.

Siakam and Lowry Take Down the Lakers

With tonight’s 121-114 defeat against the Toronto Raptors, the LA Lakers slipped down to No.7 in the West and are now in a not-so-great position. However, the purple and gold have the same record as the fifth and sixth-placed Mavs and Blazers, meaning that they have the opportunity to improve the position until the end of the regular part of the season.

Pascal Siakam had 39 points with 13 boards and four assists, while Kyle Lowry dropped 37 with 11 assists. Lowry would add 8 threes, being unstoppable for the purple and gold, the same as Siakam, who destroyed all the guards. 

Anthony Davis and LeBron James were pale. Davis had 12 points, nine boards, and seven assists, while James dropped 19 buckets with seven rebounds and six assists. Andre Drummond had the same number of points with 11 boards, and Kyle Kuzma delivered the team-high 24 baskets. 

In other matches of the night, Miami was better than the Charlotte Hornets on the road, 121-111, New York beat the Rockets in Houston, 122-97, while 76ers outplayed San Antonio in Texas, 113-111. The Sacramento Kings made a surprise on the road in Dallas, defeating the Mavericks, 111-99. 

Ryan has been writing about sports betting for over a decade now, residing in sunny Orlando, Florida. He played 4 years of college basketball which gave him a true understanding of how athletes think and operate. Knup has become a true student of “investing” in sports and has spent endless hours studying odds, line moves, trends, stats and teams to become a true expert in sports betting.

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