I was incorrect on my last Raptors free betting prediction as the Wizards (-5) were downed at home 120-116 in overtime versus the Raptors on Saturday night. I am now 18-17 Raptors free predictions. Tonight the 33-15 Toronto Raptors welcome the 25-22 Milwaukee Bucks to town.
(25-22) Milwaukee Bucks @ (33-15) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Milwaukee – Point Guard – Brandon Knight Shooting Guard – Khris Middleton C- John Henson Small Forward – G. Antetokounmpo Power Forward – Jared Dudley
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – Greivis Vasquez C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – DeMar DeRozan PF – Amir Johnson
Milwaukee – Points Per Game – Brandon Knight 17.7 Rebounds Per Game – Zaza Pachulia 12.6 Assists Per Game – Brandon Knight 5.3
Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.3 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.4 APG – Kyle Lowry 7.4
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Milwaukee – Points For (Per Game) – 98.7 (20th) Points Against (Per Game) – 97.0 (5th)
Toronto – PF – 106.8 (5th) PA – 101.4 (23rd)
The Milwaukee Bucks have won their last 3 games. On Saturday they were victorious at home 95-88 versus Portland. Guard/Forward Jared Dudley led the way with 18 points on 7 of 11 shooting in 34 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds. Backup shooting guard O.J. May scored 17 points on 6 of 18 shooting in 25 reserve minutes. He also had 7 rebounds. Center John Henson netted 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 27 minutes. He had 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Point guard Brandon Knight contributed with 11 points and 8 assists. He was 3 of 13 from the field in 28 minutes. Backup point guard Jerryd Bayless had 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 21 minutes off the bench. Small forward Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with a double-double as he scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. The team shot 45.1% from the field, 38.1% from the 3 point line (8-21), and 92.9% from the free throw line (13-14). The team out-rebounded the Blazers 50-44. The Bucks started the game red-hot as they out-scored their opposition 27-15 in the first quarter. Milwaukee is 14-12 on the road this season. After tonight they play 6 of their next 8 games at home. Their next game is Wednesday versus the Lakers.
The Toronto Raptors have won 6 straight games. On Saturday they notched a 120-116 overtime victory at Washington. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting in 42 minutes. He was 6 of 8 from the foul line. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams netted 19 points on 8 of 16 shooting in 29 minutes off the bench. He also had 5 assists. Power forward Amir Johnson scored 17 points on 6 of 10 shooting in 38 minutes. He also grabbed 6 rebounds. Reserve power forward Patrick Patterson contributed with 16 points on 5 of 7 shooting in 37 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had a double-double as he scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. He also had 7 assists. He was 5 of 16 from the field in 43 minutes. The team shot 50% from the field, 42.3% from the 3 point line (11-26), and 70% from the free throw line (21-30). The Raptors were out-rebounded 40-34. The team was out-scored 31-15 in the 4th quarter as the Wizards forced overtime. Toronto is 18-7 at home this season. Tonight is the start of a 5 game home stand. Their next game is Wednesday at home versus Brooklyn.
Toronto was victorious in their first 2 meetings with Milwaukee this season. On November 21st the Raptors scored a 124-82 home win versus the Bucks and on January 19th the Raptors grabbed a 92-89 victory at Milwaukee. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
The Raptors are rolling but could face a stiff test against a decent (and surprising) Bucks squad. I think the Bucks will keep it close through most of the game but the Raptors will pull away towards the end and cover the spread. Take the Raptors -5 (1.86) (Bet365)
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