The Milwaukee Bucks take on the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. In what should be a very close game, Milwaukee currently leads the series 2-0. However, the Raptors are the favorite in this game as they hold a -2.5 advantage as the spread.
The Greek Freak Getting It Done
Giannis Antetokounmpo does not have the nickname “Greek Freak” for nothing. He was on a tear in Game 2 as he put up incredible numbers on Friday night. In 35 minutes of play, he went 10-of-20 from the field and recorded 30 total points in addition to 17 rebounds.
It was a nice performance that built off his outing in the series opener. Giannis scored 24 points and racked up 14 rebounds in that one, as Toronto has yet to find an answer for him. He has averaged 27 points over the first two games and recorded an average of 15.5 rebounds over the first two contests.
If the Raptors want to have any chance at winning on Sunday, they need to stop the Greek Freak. He is single-handedly destroying the Raptors defense. They need to double him and force him to the outside of the paint if they want to have any chance of slowing them down.
The Bucks Bench Is On Fire
Along with the Greek Freak, the Milwaukee Bucks bench has provided a nice spark to the team. They have kept the team afloat in the tense moments of playoff basketball. Ersan Ilyasova, Malcolm Brogdon, and George Hill have provided a spark for the Bucks.
Ilyasova scored 17 points in their last game, while Brogdon and Hill had 14 and 13, respectively. Toronto needs to make sure that they play them tightly on the perimeter as they can get hot in a hurry.
The bench played a key role for Milwaukee in their 4-1 series win over the Boston Celtics, and we’re seeing them play a factor here. They could be the difference between winning and losing on Sunday.
The Raptors Need Team Effort
Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in Friday’s game while Kyle Lowry scored 15. The rest of the starters scored a combined 18 points. Off the bench, Norman Powell proved to be effective for Toronto. He scored 14 points on six-of-nine shooting.
The Raptors need a more efficient game from the entire team on Sunday. Marc Gasol needs to step up in particular. Scoring two points on one-of-nine shooting, that is not going to cut it. He needs to put forth a better effort in Game 3.
With Milwaukee holding an 8-3 record as the underdog, it would be hard to pick against them. Toronto’s record ATS at home is not exactly promising either. With a 22-26 mark, that leaves a lot to be desired. Milwaukee has a 6-1 record ATS in their last seven games against Toronto. I would buck (no pun intended) the trend here and bet Milwaukee +2.5. They have enough firepower to overtake the Raptors in a tough road environment.