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Bucks vs Raptors NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors
- Where: Toronto at Scotiabank Arena
- Date: Wednesday, January 4th
- Betting Odds TOR -2, MIL +112 | TOR -136 O/U OFF
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 24-13, while going 19-16-2 vs the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Milwaukee is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Bucks took down the Wizards by a score of 123-113. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 7 point favorites. Milwaukee was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Wizards to cut into their 12 point halftime lead. In the win, Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team in scoring with 55 points on a field goal percentage of 60.6%.
The Raptors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 16-21. So far, the team has gone 18-19-0 against the spread. Looking back on Raptors’ previous 3 games, they have a record of 1-2 while averaging 111 points per game. Over this stretch, their ATS mark is 1-2.
The Raptors are coming off a dissappointing 122-114 loss to the Pacers. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. Toronto was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 9. Leading the team in scoring was Gary Trent Jr., as he contributed 32 points while hitting 61.1% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Raptors not only won their season series against the Bucks (3-0), but they also took care of business at home, going 1-0 at the Scotiabank Arena. Last year, the Bucks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Raptors, averaging 100.0 points per game. While the Bucks struggled on offense in the series, the Raptors maintained their usual level of scoring at 105.67 vs Milwaukee. In terms of betting, Toronto has an ATS record of 5-0 in the previous 5 matchups vs Milwaukee. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +9 points per game in favor of the Raptors. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 2-3. Combined, they averaged 211 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Milwaukee offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 112.7 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bucks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.8 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 20th in made shots per game.
On defense, the Bucks will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 19th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
Power-Foward Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks at 32.8 points per game. For the season, he is 2nd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.8 boards and 5.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 3rd ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Brook Lopez enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 36 games, he is averaging 14.8 and is 93rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
For the season, the Raptors offensive unit is ranked just 25th in scoring at 111.4 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.6 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 28th in the league in possessions per game.
Defensively, the Raptors are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.1 points per contest (7th).
This season, the Raptors offense has primarily worked through Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 27 games, Siakam is 17th in the NBA at 26.5 points per game. So far, him and Anunoby have accounted for 38% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, OG Anunoby is grabbing 5.8 rebounds for Toronto to go along with 2.2 assists.
Bucks vs Raptors Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks +2
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF