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(19-15) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors (24-10)
Date: Monday January 1
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 214.5 (As of 1:55pm ET Sunday)
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Last season the Milwaukee Bucks pushed the Toronto Raptors to six games in the first round of the playoffs before succumbing. The two squads will tip off the New Year facing each other North of the border. The Bucks arrive on the heels of a controversial win in Oklahoma City. Toronto also enters the contest following a win over the Atlanta Hawks.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Raptors winning three of the four contests. The Bucks hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors 47 of their 82 matches.
Giannis Antetokounmpo stepped out of bounds driving to the basket in a tie game with seconds’ ticking off the clock at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Every fan in attendance screamed at the officials who chose to say they didn’t see the Greek Freak’s feet and since this isn’t one of the 15 things the referees can check in review the Bucks left Oklahoma with the victory.
With a generational talent like Antetokoumopo on their team Bucks are expecting big things from this year’s roster, but the team has played down to the competition. Even with the addition of Eric Bledsoe the Bucks haven’t been winning at the level expected. Through the last ten games the Bucks are 5-5.
The upcoming schedule will be a major test for Milwaukee as nine of their next ten games feature playoff seeded teams. Of those the Bucks play the Raptors, Pacers, Wizards and Heat twice each. Their performance during this stretch could determine precisely how far up or down the ladder the Bucks finish.
Despite feeling shafted by not getting a Christmas Day game the Raptors began their week seeded in first. Unfortunately, back to back losses to the Mavericks and Thunder pushed Toronto back into second place. Just like earlier this season when Toronto lost back to back games to the Knicks and Pacers the Raptors used their next game versus the Hawks to get back on track.
Toronto continues to chase Boston and attempt to hold off Cleveland and enter the next phase of their schedule knowing they have just one game left to play on the opposite coast. This is significant given the teams they hope to beat at the top of the ladder have more than two-thirds of their West Coast games left to play.
Still, the Raptors will need to bring their top ten offense and defense to the court as they face the upper echelon of squads. Like the Bucks the Raptors will face eight playoff squads in their next 11 games as well as the vastly improved Bulls.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 14-3-1 in Milwaukee last 18 overall.
- Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Favorite is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
- Raptors are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Bucks are 3-7 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Record hunting
Two seasons ago the Bucks were the team who stopped the Warriors big win streak. Regardless of the controversial call Milwaukee also stopped the Thunder’s season long win streak. They’ll attempt to play streak spoiler again as the Raptors seek to tie a franchise 12th consecutive home wins. Additionally, the Bucks will be seeking to send a message to the team who ended their season last year.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the best home court in NBA, Raptors -6.5
As much as I want to give the Bucks the edge, the Raptors will have a reinvigorated, rested Serge Ibaka back in the lineup after his one game suspension. The Raptors simply have too much depth and two-way ability for the Bucks to counter. Assuming the refs don’t help Milwaukee with another controversial call this victory gets the Raptors their record.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 110 – Bucks 101
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