NBA Picks: Bucks at Raptors Point Spread
Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Odds
Considering the abundance of young talent on the Bucks, Milwaukee appears to be the most likely challenger to the eastern conference throne occupied by LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Over the next couple of years, given good health, the Bucks will feature peak Giannis Antetokounmpo along with a cast of young stars like Jabari Parker. The current iteration of the Toronto Raptors is the best the franchise has ever witnessed, aiming to make the NBA Finals for the first time in history.
Injuries have taken a chunk out of the Raptors and the Bucks all season, so the NBA hasn’t had a chance to witness either team at top efficiency this year. Milwaukee was dealt a tough hand when their three-and-D man, Khris Middleton, went down with a serious hamstring injury at the beginning of the year. As an elite shooter and defender on the Bucks, Middleton helped stretch the floor and shadow the opposition’s best wing player. The Raptors have been limping all year too. When Sullinger and Patterson finally started to return to health, DeMar DeRozan twisted his ankle against the Suns, depriving the Raptors of their top scorer and best producer against the Bucks.
Bucks at Raptors NBA Prediction
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Over the past ten games, the Milwaukee Bucks have managed to win only three, but two of those wins were against the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs. Consistency is the main obstacle that the Bucks face. Some games they excel, beating elite teams with incredible athleticism. They’re also perfectly capable of losing against the 76ers sans Embiid and Okafor the very next game, which is exactly what happened after the Bucks upset the Rockets two games ago.
This type of inconsistency drives punters mad, requiring a deeper dive into the circumstances of the matchup. The estimated point spread currently sits at five on behalf of the Raptors, which represents a relatively small margin compared to a pair of earlier victories – one by 22 points and another by six. During those victories, DeRozan scored an average of 28 points, spearheading the Raptors attack. Antetokounmpo ran wild in both efforts with 29.5 PPG for those two matches.
A spread of five would be a near-lock in most circumstances, but the absence of DeRozan undermines the Raptors. The Bucks have trouble playing against The North, losing six in a row against Toronto and winning only once in their last 13 games against the Raptors. The Raptors have lost two in a row by one possession, and will likely become involved in another close one. Expect the Raptors to end their five-game losing streak, with Milwaukee beating the point spread. Neither team plays inspiring defense right now, so wagering over on an estimated spread of 212.5 seems to be the less risky bet, even if the under has been 6-2 over their last five meetings.
NBA Picks Tonight | January 27, 2017
Friday night is a busy one for the NBA, which features ten games across the board. Over the past while, a strange upset trend continued to manifest, with teams like the Rockets, the Cavaliers and the Warriors losing head-scratchers. This appears to have influenced the moneylines strongly for tonight’s matches, resulting in the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs listed as moderate favorites against the 76ers and the Pelicans, respectively. Philadelphia and New Orleans don’t have any business winning against these teams. Keep an eye out for last minute lineup announcements before investing with these favorites.
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