NBA Playoff Predictions: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 5
- Game 1: MIL 97 – TOR 83
- Game 2: MIL 100 – TOR 106
- Game 3: TOR 77 – MIL 104
- Game 4: TOR 87 – MIL 76
- Game 5: MIL at TOR 4/24 7:00 PM ET
- Game 6: TOR at MIL 4/27 6:00 PM ET
- Game 7: MIL at TOR 4/29 (If Needed)
The only consistent theme during the first four games of the Raptors vs. Bucks first round matchup has been large swings in momentum. This includes individual players and the two teams as a whole. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry alternate between great performances and terrible outings, with neither playing well at the same time.
During game one and three, the Raptors offered little resistance to Milwaukee’s offense, allowing open looks, dunks, and easy points in the paint. During games two and four, the Raptors were victorious because of their ability to hold Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in check, while the rest of the Bucks rotation didn’t step up to contribute extra buckets.
With the exception of game three, which was the most frustrating loss in Raptors history, the Bucks have been similarly inconsistent. Middleton and Giannis alternate between having good and bad games, although they do manage to contribute in other ways during a bad shooting night.
Unlike Lowry and DeRozan, Middleton has distributed the ball well when his shots aren’t falling, and preventing Giannis from padding his stat line with rebounds, assists, steals and blocks is nearly impossible – he was an unprecedented top twenty in all categories during the regular season. The Bucks have an edge in superstar players.
However, the Raptors have reconfigured their defense to make it easier for Ibaka to provide help for whoever’s guarding the Greek Freak and Middleton. P.J. Tucker didn’t start, but he did a great job making life physically uncomfortable for Giannis. In a series filled with unpredictability, it appears the Raptors have finally discovered a predictable way of defending the Bucks speed and length.
Releasing Valanciunas as a sixth man appears to improve his impact on the offensive end, while minimizing his plodding feet as a liability on d. The Raptors bench is already solid on paper, but if Powell continues to start, the reserve crew becomes stronger as a whole – one of the biggest advantages the Raptors have yet to leverage.
Expect the Raptors to maintain home court advantage after winning it back from the Bucks on Saturday. The over/under has been set at 192, despite the fact that this series has averaged 182.5 points per game. Defense is the path to Raptors victory, and Kyle Lowry is experiencing a stiff back, so betting under appears to be the safe choice. Winning margins have been two possessions or more all series. If you’re betting on a 5.5 point spread, tie your wager to the team you believe will win.Toronto Raptors (-235) Bodog
NBA Playoff Picks Today – April 24, 2017
Washington Wizards over Atlanta Hawks (+120) – 8 PM EST @ Atlanta
The Atlanta Hawks received all-star performances from Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroeder, who scored 56 points – nearly half of the Hawks total during their game three win. Taurean Prince had his best game of the playoffs, scoring 16 on 7-10 shooting.
John Wall amazed despite the loss, scoring 29 and dishing seven assists on 10-12 shooting. He was abandoned by his team, in particular by his backcourt partner Bradley Beal, who shot a dismal 6-20 during game three. The Hawks can’t stop John Wall, and the rest of the Wizards won’t collectively shoot 27-77 again. Expect the Wizards to gain a 3-1 stranglehold on the series.
Golden State Warriors over Portland Trail Blazers (-370) – 10:30 PM EST @ Portland
Eulogies have already been written for the Portland Trail Blazers. They lost game three in the same way Indiana lost to Cleveland, coughing up a huge lead to a furious comeback from the best team in the conference. The Golden State Warriors flipped the switch just past the mid-way point of the third, erasing a double-digit Blazers lead in the blink of an eye.
Portland struggled mightily to stay afloat during wave after wave of Warriors offensive bursts, but simply couldn’t win against a Durant-less Golden State. The Warriors will put in the effort needed to sweep the Blazers, without the need for a dramatic comeback.
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