I’m now 4-3 in Raptors picks as Memphis (+2.5) was downed by Toronto 96-92 on Wednesday evening. Tonight the Raptors play at home versus the 7-5 Milwaukee Bucks.
Milwaukee Bucks (7-5) @ (9-2) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Milwaukee – Point Guard – Brandon Knight Shooting Guard – Khris Middleton C- Larry Sanders Small Forward – G. Antetokounmpo Power Forward – Jabari Parker
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Milwaukee – Points Per Game – Brandon Knight 17.9 Rebounds Per Game – Larry Sanders 7.3 Assists Per Game – Brandon Knight 6.8
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.2 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.0 APG – Kyle Lowry 5.8
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Milwaukee – Points For (Per Game) – 96.4 (23rd) Points Against (Per Game) – 96.4 (8th)
Toronto – PF – 106.0 (5th) PA – 96.4 (9th)
The Milwaukee Bucks come in to this evening’s contest winners of 3 in a row and 5 of their last 6 games. On Wednesday they out-lasted the Nets in Brooklyn in 3 overtimes 122-118 as head coach Jason Kidd got a victory against the club he coached last season. Rookie forward Jabari Parker led the team in scoring with 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting in 42 minutes of action. He also had 7 rebounds. He was 7 of 10 from the foul line. Shooting guard O.J. Mayo came off the bench to score 21 points on 7 of 17 shooting in 39 minutes. He also grabbed 7 boards. Point guard Brandon Knight netted 18 points on 5 of 20 shooting in 49 minutes. He also had 8 assists. Shooting guard Giannis Antetokounmpo chipped in with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. He was 7 of 11 from the field in 48 minutes on the floor. The team shot 44.4% from the field, 20.8% from the 3 point line (5-24), and 75% from the 3 point line (21-28). The Bucks out-rebounded the Nets 51-49. In the 3rd overtime they out-scored their opposition 10-6. Milwaukee is 3-4 on the road this season. Tonight is the 1st of a back to back. Tomorrow night they play at home versus the Wizards.
The Toronto Raptors have won 2 straight games. On Wednesday in a match-up of the teams with the best record in their respective conferences the Raptors defeated the Grizzlies 96-92 in Toronto. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the team with 21 points on 10 of 22 shooting in 38 minutes. Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 18 points and dished out 7 assists. He was 7 of 16 from the field in 37 minutes. Small forward Terrence Ross chipped in with 16 points on 6 of 14 shooting in 34 minutes. Shooting guard Louis Williams scored 13 points in a reserve role. The team shot 45.8% from the field, 34.6% from the 3 point line (9-26), and 84.6% from the foul line (11-13). They were out-rebounded 50-35 in the game. The Raptors had a big 4th quarter as they out-scored the Grizzlies 27-17. Toronto is 7-1 at home this season. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. Tomorrow night they play at Cleveland.Center
Last season Toronto won all 4 meetings with Milwaukee.
The Raptors look pretty strong at home and the Bucks may still be a little fatigued after that 3 overtime affair with the Nets. Take the Raptors -8.5 (1.86) (Bet365)
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