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Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
|Team / Live in game Betting at||Spread||Money Line||Total|
|711 –Toronto Raptors||+1½ -110||+100||Ov 196½ -110|
|712 –Milwaukee Bucks||-1½ -110||-120||Un 196½ -110|
The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Bradley Center.
ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Lowry’s solid Game 2 performance was much-needed after he tallied just four points on 2-of-11 shooting in the opener. He has traditionally struggled in the postseason and the Game 1 showing prompted reminders of last season’s poor postseason play but coach Dwane Casey insists he was unconcerned about Lowry. “I’ve been in the trenches with him before and he’s always bounced back,” Casey told reporters. “That’s just who he is. He’s a fighter. I just knew he wasn’t going to be satisfied the way he played in the first game. He’s human. Everybody has a night like that. We just can’t panic every time a guy has a night like that. It’s a tough league.”
ABOUT THE BUCKS: Antetokounmpo is averaging 26 points and 11.5 rebounds in the series and realized after Game 2 he would need to make adjustments to deal with Toronto’s change in defensive tactics. “They didn’t allow me to go in the paint,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “Every time I drove the ball, everybody was sucking into the paint. They were more physical. I still have to make the right plays and try to find my teammates.” Antetokounmpo could use sustained help from shooting guard Khris Middleton, who scored 20 points in Game 2 after struggling to 10 on 4-of-15 shooting in the opener.
The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t won a playoff series since the 2000-01 campaign and can take another step toward ending their drought when they host the Toronto Raptors in Thursday’s Game 3 of the Eastern Conference series. Milwaukee wrestled homecourt advantage away by winning the opener in Toronto but the Raptors regained momentum with a solid 106-100 victory in Game 2.
Toronto All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry was the Game 2 hero by scoring 22 points but perhaps the biggest factor was the defensive effort against Bucks All-Star small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. After being helpless while Antetokounmpo hit 13-of-18 shots in Game 1, the Raptors’ pressure-packed mentality forced “The Greek Freak” to go 9-of-24 from the field despite having 24 points and 15 rebounds. “He’s a heck of a player – you have to give it to him with the things he’s able to do out on the court,” Toronto All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan told reporters. “We try to limit other guys from doing things but it’s tough once he gets going.” DeRozan is off to a strong start in the series by averaging 25 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Milwaukee was a 106-100 loser in its last match on the road against the Raptors. They covered the +8-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 206 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.
Toronto won its last outing, a 106-100 result against the Bucks on April 18. The Raptors failed to cover in that game as a -8-point favorite, while the 206 combined points took the game OVER the total.
Team record: 52-32 SU,44-38-2 ATS
Toronto is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Toronto is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Team record: 43-41 SU,38-46 ATS
Milwaukee is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Milwaukee is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games
Toronto at Milwaukee Saturday, April 22
NBA Playoffs Tips
1. The Raptors were 14-of-29 from 3-point range in Game 2 after struggling to 5-of-23 in the opener.
2. Toronto PF Serge Ibaka drained four 3-pointers in Game 2 and is averaging 17.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the series.
3. Backup Milwaukee C Greg Monroe is averaging 16 points and 9.5 rebounds through two games.
Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Milwaukee Bucks will cover the spread at -1½ and the game will go over 196½ points, according to scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Bucks 108, Raptors 104 at .
|Toronto is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games|
|Toronto is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games on the road|
|Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road|
|Toronto is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road|
|Toronto is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Milwaukee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Toronto’s last 12 games when playing Milwaukee|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee|
|Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Milwaukee’s last 7 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Milwaukee’s last 9 games at home|
|Milwaukee is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home|
|Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee’s last 12 games when playing Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games when playing Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee’s last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto|
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|Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Milwaukee’s Overall Defense||106.9||10||103.8||9|
|Toronto’s Away Scoring vs Milwaukee’s Home Defense||102.8||17||103.5||13|
|Toronto’s Road Rebounds vs Milwaukee’s Home Rebounds Allowed||42.1||23||41.4||6|
|Milwaukee’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense||103.6||20||102.7||8|
|Milwaukee’s Home Scoring vs Toronto’s Road Defense||106.1||18||102.1||4|
|Milwaukee’s Home Rebounds vs Toronto’s Road Rebounds Allowed||39.8||30||43.6||10|
|TOP 3/BOTTOM 3|
|No trends to report|
|Milwaukee has the second worst rebounds in the league at 40.4.|