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Best Monkey Knife Fight NBA Picks for Tuesday’s Bucks vs. Suns NBA Finals Game 1 | Tonight, 7/6

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Here is a fun little surprise for today’s Monkey Knife Fight column. While this usually focus on baseball, it is hard to overlook Game 1 of the NBA Finals tonight. So today’s article will pivot to look at some featured NBA picks for the series-opener between the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns. Monkey Knife Fight offers users all kinds of contest options and unique ways to win money making NBA fantasy picks on The Finals. Here are a few plays to look at for Game 1 tonight, including a prediction featuring Chris Paul as he makes his long-awaited NBA Finals debut.

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In this Monkey Knife Fight NBA Finals contest, users must predict the winner of two head-to-head stats matchups. For assistance with making NBA picks, players can consult the projections included in the Awesemo NBA Betting Player Props Tool.

The first leg of the prop considers total points for Devin Booker and Khris Middleton. While Middleton is a 1.5-point underdog on the NBA picks line, one of the big factors to consider with this contest is the health of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is officially listed as doubtful for tonight’s Game 1. Such status undoubtedly means that Middleton will be looked to as the primary scorer. The Awesemo NBA Player Props Tool projects Middleton for 25.64 points this evening. Meanwhile, Booker has been a scoring machine for the Suns virtually all postseason long, and he went off for 40 points in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. While he probably will not score that many tonight, the Awesemo projections give him a slight edge over Middleton in this matchup. Booker is projected for 27.53 points.

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The second leg of this contest sees Chris Paul laying 1.5 assists to Jrue Holiday. Playing in the first Finals of his career, many are expecting big things from Paul in the coming days. In fact, the NBA betting market views him as the favorite to win Finals MVP. Laying 1.5 assists is somewhat daunting given the nature of the stat. That said, the Awesemo NBA Player Props Tool once again likes the Suns in this matchup. It has Paul projected for 9.28 assists tonight and Holiday for just 7.74.

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Correctly predicting all four of these Monkey Knife Fight NBA fantasy picks will not be easy, but once again, the Awesemo NBA Player Props Tool can serve as a helpful resource.

While the Props Tool liked Devin Booker to beat out Khris Middleton in total points, the projection of 27.53 points comes in nearly a full point below the Monkey Knife Fight line of 28.5. It would not be a surprise to see this line lower as tip-off approaches. In the same vein, the under on 8.5 total assists for Jrue Holiday is also the preferable play. While he dished more than this total in five of the Bucks’ six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, 8.5 is nearly 2.5 more assists than Holiday’s season average of 6.1 per game. Against a pesky Suns defense it will be tough for him to clear that total.

The other two players in question for this contest both reside in the Phoenix frontcourt. His total of 11.5 rebounds for Deandre Ayton is a number that he has eclipsed in four of the last five games. With Giannis Antetokounmpo not expected to play, the Bucks will be without one of their best rebounders. Ayton will have his work cut out banging down low with the likes of Bobby Portis, but his rebounding tear during these playoffs is a good sign.

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Lastly, Jae Crowder’s over/under on 3-pointers is set at 2.5. After an excellent shooting run through the second round that carried over into the Western Conference Finals, Crowder went back to being his unpredictable self. After hitting just 1 of 10 3-point attempts in Games 4 and 5 combined, Crowder went 5-for-9 in the Suns’ Game 6 clincher. Trusting him is not easy, but it is worth noting that the Bucks were one of the worst teams at defending the 3-point shot all season long. Opponents have hit 37.7% of triples against them, including the postseason. The Awesemo NBA Player Props Tool gives a slight edge to the over on Crowder’s points total tonight.

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