Big Al's Daily Angle: NBA and CONCACAF Gold Cup Previews and Odds - 07/14/2021

by Big Al Staff

The Wednesday sports card features action in the NBA Finals and the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The NBA finals continue with Game 4, with Milwaukee hosting Phoenix on ABC at 9:05 PM ET. The Bucks won their first game of the series with a 120-105 victory as a 4.5-point favorite on Sunday.

Milwaukee closed the first half on a 30-9 run to go into the locker room at halftime with a 60-45 lead. The Bucks used a 16-0 run to end the third quarter with a 22-point lead. Milwaukee shot 47.8% from the field, including a 39% mark from 3-point range after making 14 of their 36 shots from distance. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Greek Freak made 13 of his 17 shots from the free-throw line in the Bucks’ first game in front of their home fans in this series. He scored 42 points in Game 2. He is averaging 29.2 points per game, 12.8 rebounds per game, and 5.1 assists per game in this postseason. 

Khris Middleton added 18 points on 6 of 14 shooting. He made 3 of 7 shots from 3-point range. Jrue Holiday scored 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting that included five of his ten shots from 3-point land.

Phoenix made 48.2% of their shots on Sunday despite a 29% shooting percentage from 3-point land after making 9 of their 31 attempts. 

Chris Paul scored 19 points on 8 of 14 shooting. He committed four turnovers and made only one of his four shots from 3-point range. He is scoring 24.7 points per game and 8.7 assists per game in this series. 

 Devin Booker scored 10 points. He converted 3 of 14 shots from the field and one of seven from 3-point range. Deandre Ayton added 18 points and nine rebounds but played less than five minutes in the second half due to foul trouble. 

The Suns have a 2-1 lead in the series. They won Game 1 of the NBA Finals, 118-105, as a 5-point favorite last Tuesday. They followed that up with a 118-108 in Game 2 in Phoenix on Thursday. 

Milwaukee is a 4.5-point favorite, with the total set at 220 (all odds from DraftKings).

The CONCACAF Gold Cup continues with a doubleheader on FS1 involving the second match in Group A. El Salvador plays Trinidad and Tobago at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, at 7:30 PM ET. Los Cuscatelecos defeated Guatemala in their opening match, 2-0, on Sunday. The Soca Warriors earned a 0-0 draw with Mexico in their opening game on Saturday. El Salvador is a -0.5 goal line favorite with over/under at 2. 

Mexico faces Guatemala at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas at 9:30 PM ET. El Tri settled for the 0-0 draw with Trinidad and Tobago to earn a point in Group A play. Los Chapines hope to get their first points in this event after getting beat by El Salvador. Mexico is a -3 goal line favorite with a total of 3.5. 

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