NBA betting: The pick against the spread for Tuesday's playoff game

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The second round of the NBA playoffs continues Tuesday with just one game. Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay has the advice that you need for a huge Game 5 between the Bucks and Nets.

All odds via BetMGM.

Milwaukee Bucks (-3.5) at Brooklyn Nets, Total: 218.5

The Bucks get the status of road favorites entering Game 5 because of a couple factors. The Bucks have won the last two games in the series to even it at 2-2. And, most importantly, the Nets are entering Game 5 without both Kyrie Irving and James Harden.

Harden is still out because of a hamstring injury. Irving injured his ankle in Game 4 on Sunday and is out for Game 5 — and maybe longer. That leaves Kevin Durant as the only star available for the Nets as they try to stop the Bucks from taking a 3-2 series lead and getting one win away from being the second team in the 2021 playoffs to come back from a 2-0 deficit.

Milwaukee is 5-10 against the spread in its last 15 games, however. So either Milwaukee is bucking a trend — no pun intended — or the Nets are keeping this close if they don’t win outright. Brooklyn is 8-0 in its last eight games against the spread at home. Brooklyn last failed to cover the spread at home on April 30 when they lost 128-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Yahoo Sports’ Jared Quay doesn’t think the Nets will move to 9-0 against the spread since that Portland game.

“I’m backing the Bucks on the road at -3.5,” Quay said.

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