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Looking for Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors free NBA playoff picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Bucks taking on the Raptors on Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario for game 1. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA playoff basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(42-40) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors (51-31)
Eastern Conference Round 1: Game 1
Date: Saturday April 15
Time: 5:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Toronto -7
NBA Betting Total: 201.5
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On the season the Toronto Raptors are 3-1 in their season series against Milwaukee. But none of that is going to matter once the playoffs start, and only the best teams are going to advance to the next round. An as of now, the Raptors look to be the team to do so.
The Milwaukee Bucks are easily one of the most in experienced teams in the postseason. Now that isn’t all bad, but it could also come back to hurt them down the line.
But if they hope for that not to happen, they’ll need to be locked right from the opening tip.
The Bucks don’t have as much offensive firepower as the Toronto Raptors, so that means the team is going to need to lock down defensively if they hope to win.
An first and foremost, the two culprits that they need to stop are DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.
Those two are the key catalysts for the Raptors offense. So if the Bucks can stop them, they’ll shutdown the entire Raptors offense.
But that’s only going to happen if Khris Middleton can lock down DeRozan and Brogdon can lock down Lowry.
Both of them need to do a good job containing their defenders one on one.
If they can do that they’ll make the job easier for the rest of their team. Because the Bucks aren’t going to be able to match the Raptors tit for tat in the scoring department.
The Raptors are clearly the better team between the two, due to their experience and overall talent. However, talent alone doesn’t just win you games.
Therefore, the team is going to need to defend in order to win.
The Bucks are no slouch, so the Raptors are going to need shutdown their stars if they hope to advance on to the next round.
That means stopping Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton needs to be a priority for them, because either one of those guys can get going any second. And the last thing the Raptors want is a hot shooting Milwaukee Bucks squad.
So if Toronto hopes to win Saturday, they need to be ready to bring it on the less glamourous end of the floor. If they can do that, they’ll be walking away up 1-0 in the series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Favorite is 20-8-1 ATS in the last 29 meetings
- Raptors are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central.
- Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Bucks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
- Bucks are 2-5-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto.
Free Game 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Although the Bucks are no joke, look for Toronto to come away with the first game in the series. Milwaukee is just too young an in experienced to beat Toronto, so for that reason I’m picking the Raptors to come away victors in their first meeting.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto -7
The Raptors should get the win by 7 points or more, so look for Toronto to earn the “W” in this outing.
NBA Free Game 1 Score Prediction: Toronto 98 – Milwaukee 91
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