The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors find themselves going in two different directions heading into their meeting on Thursday night in the NBA. While Milwaukee is on an extended winning streak, the Raptors are struggling to find the win column on a consistent basis. At home against a Bucks team that had to play a grueling game just a night ago, the Raptors will hope to get a much-needed win to start turning their season around.
This Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors matchup has a very interesting matchup embedded into it, as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Pascal Siakam are going to take the court against one another. Both players have a ton of talent, and the on who gets the upper hand on the other statistically could be the one that leads their team to a win. And with both teams fighting for positioning in an Eastern Conference that is more competitive than expected, both sides will have plenty of urgency to get it done.
Milwaukee Bucks – Looking For Nine Straight
The Milwaukee Bucks secured a two-point victory against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night, earning them their eighth win in a row. Milwaukee trailed by a wide margin in that game, but managed to weather the storm and get the win on a late Giannis basket. It was the Bucks’ first game in five outings that didn’t result in a double-digit win, but it was enough for the Bucks to get the job done.
Now, the Bucks play on a second straight night, heading north of the border to take on a Raptors team that is desperate for a win. If the Bucks want a ninth straight victory, they are going to have to stop the combination of Siakam and Fred VanVleet. Toronto is experiencing some injury woes at the moment, and if Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday can slow down Siakam and VanVleet, the Bucks could make it a long night for their hosts.
Expected Line-Up: Jrue Holiday, Grayson Allen, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bobby Portis
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Toronto Raptors – Banged Up Badly
The Toronto Raptors suffered their third straight loss and their seventh loss in nine games when they fell to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night. That 98-91 loss to Memphis was the third straight game in which the Raptors failed to put 100 or more points on the scoreboard. If Toronto wants to have a better scoring night against the defending NBA champions, they are going to need to overcome some serious injury issues.
Specifically, the Raptors are set to be without OG Anunoby and Khem Birch for Thursday night against the Bucks. They could also be without sharp shooter Gary Trent Jr. due to a calf injury, which would be a significant blow against a Bucks team that needs to be kept honest on defense with quality three-point shooting. Even with Trent, the loss of Anunoby is an important one in this matchup.
Expected Line-Up: Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr., Svi Mykhailiuk, Scottie Barnes, Pascal Siakam
Expert Pick #1 – Bucks -4 @ -115
The first bet to make for this contest is Bucks -4 at -115 odds. This tip is being given with the knowledge that the Bucks are playing on the second leg of a back to back. But the fact that the Raptors are the more banged up team coming into this game should allow the Bucks to use their superior depth to make up for any fatigue that they are dealing with after playing and traveling to another country a night ago.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 213.5 @ -110
The next bet to place in this contest is the Under 213.5 at -110 odds. Given the travel situation for the Bucks and the injury situation for the Raptors, it is expected that some less than stellar basketball will be played by these two teams. Expect both sides to struggle with their shot early on, and for the under to come in when all is said and done.
Expert Pick #3 – Raptors Under 104.5 Points @ -110
Our final bet for this NBA contest is the Raptors under 104.5 points at -110 odds. The Toronto Raptors have failed to break 100 points in three straight games, and they sit in the bottom quarter of the league in terms of points per game on the season. Milwaukee will be able to use its size at the point guard and power forward spots in particular to further disrupt Toronto and force them to miss on a regular basis.
The Milwaukee Bucks may be playing on a second straight night, but that should not stop them from getting the better of the Toronto Raptors. Toronto is in a real rut offensively, and doesn’t appear poised to come out of it based on the way they have played of late.