The Toronto Raptors will look to re-write their history this month, as they'll face the heavily-favored Milwaukee Bucks in the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto has never made an NBA Finals appearance, but a Kawhi Leonard-led group is hoping that changes in the coming weeks. Will the Canadian team be able to get the job done and stun the No. 1 Bucks?
Toronto Raptors Next Game
The Toronto Raptors’ complete schedule is listed below with results and betting lines. Be sure to look out for trends like streaks and how the Raptors do at home or on the road.
Toronto Raptors Scores And Standings
This is where the Raptors stand in today’s NBA season. Conference and division standings are separated here. Winning streaks, points for (+) and points against (-) are posted as well.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks
And there there were two teams left out East. As we enter the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals, both the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors are both hungry to reach the NBA Finals. For Toronto, they've never made it to the championship series, while the Bucks haven't been to the Finals since 1974.
The two teams will face off in a best-of-seven series, with the Bucks holding home-court advantage throughout. Should things go a full seven games, the last contest of the series will be played on Monday, May 27. After Milwaukee took down Boston with ease in the Eastern Conference semifinals, they're heavy favorites at -300. The Toronto Raptors odds are at +240, making them an intriguing bet as underdogs.
Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors will look to reach the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise's history
Unfortunately for the betting odds of the Raptors and fans' picks, Milwaukee dominated the regular-season battles between the two teams. In the four games they faced off, the Bucks took home three victories, while the Raptors only had one. Obviously, Toronto will need to make adjustments on both ends of the floor to upset the No. 1 seed.
What are the Raptors odds to win the NBA title
With only four teams remaining in the hunt to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy in June, the Golden State Warriors are the clear-cut favorites to win it all. Should the Warriors raise the trophy once again, it'll mark their four championship in five years and third straight.
Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin durant and the rest of Golden State are listed at -140. The Raptors odds to win the NBA Finals aren't favorable for the team up North, as oddsmakers have them at +800. Only the Portland Trail Blazers have worse odds at +1300.
While Golden State is largely expected to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, the Raptors must first worry about the Bucks. Milwaukee is led by MVP candiate Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging a ridiculous 27.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this postseason. Down in the blocks, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol will have their hands full trying to contain him.
In addition to Antetokounmpo, both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe have been consistent during the playoffs, pouring in 19.1 points and 16 points per game, respectively. On Toronto's side, Kawhi Leonard has been the heart and soul of the team with his 31.8 points per contest. He'll need to continue playing his absolute best if Toronto has a shot at moving on.
Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers
Perhaps no series this NBA postseason was more heartstopping than the faceoff between the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. Evenly matched throughout, the two franchises didn't let fans across the world down with a memorable seven-game affair.
In the finals seconds of Game 7, Kawhi Leonard had the ball in his hands and everyone knew he was going to be taking the final shot. Barely managing to get a shot over the outstreched hands of 76ers' superstar Joel Embiid, Leonard fired off a deep jumper which somehow found the bottom of the cotton as time expired, sending the Toronto faithful into a frenzy. The unforgettable shot gave the home team a thrilling 92-90 win and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Toronto Raptors betting odds heading into the series were listed at -300, while the 76ers were +240. For Game 7, Toronto held the upper hand, entering the final showdown as 1.5-point favorites. With Leonard's shot giving the Raptors the two-point victory, it resulted in sheer jubilation for those who took them with the spread.
Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic
The Raptors were massive favorites against the No. 7 Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs. Raptors betting odds had them at a head-turning -1400, with the Magic at +800. Toronto proved those odds weren't a fluke, as they ended Orlando's season in Game 5 with a convincing 115-96 victory.
In that win, Kawhi Leonard finished the night with 27 points. Fellow stud Paskal Siakim added 24 points, six rebounds and four assists. Toronto truly had no problems taking down Orlando.
The Raptors opened their postseason run with a convincing showing against the Orlando Magic, needing only five games to send them home packing"
Toronto Raptors' Regular Season 2018-19
In Kawhi Leonard's first season with the Toronto Raptors, the team looked sensational from start to finish. The Raptors finished the regular season with a 58-24 record, only two games back of the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks (60-22). And while they themselves nearly posted 60 wins, it's safe to say the team fooled plenty of oddsmakers in the process.
Raptors betting odds weren't favorable back in the fall. Before Game 1 of the regular season tipped off, Toronto's odds to win the NBA Finals were +1400 and their chances to win the Eastern Conference title was +350.
Toronto Raptors Titles
This spring, the Raptors are hoping to win both their first NBA Finals championship and Eastern Conference Finals crown. Here's a look at the franchise's division titles in their history:
- Division: 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019.