The best and the sixth best squads of the Eastern Conference are clashing on Friday night. The Toronto Raptors (41-16), who want to extend their big winning streak and stay on top of the East, host the Milwaukee Bucks (32-25), who want to return to the winning ways. Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-23-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -7.5
Raptors have a 41-16 record (32-25 against the spread) so far this season. And Toronto has risen in the first place of the East. They have seven consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Bulls with a 122-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 23.9 ppg, adding 4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.4 ppg, 5.8 rebounds and a team high 6.4 assists per game, while Serge Ibaka adds 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Bucks have a 32-25 record (24-28-5 against the spread) so far this season. Milwaukee currently rest in 6th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Nuggets with a 123-134 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.6 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 10.4 per game and in assists made with 4.7 per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 20 ppg, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.
Raptors have won both previous meetings against the Bucks this season (by 19 points on the road and by 4 points in overtime at home). The Raptors are 24-4 at home so far this season, while Bucks are 13-15 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 111.9 ppg to Bucks’ 104.6 and defensively, allowing 103.4 ppg to Bucks’ 104.6. Bucks have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.84% to Raptors’ 47.04, while Raptors have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.66% to Bucks’ 34.93%. Toronto is better in rebounding, grabbing 43.6 to Bucks’ league-low of 39.3 and in assists made, with 23.5 to Bucks’ 22.5. Raptors are the best and hottest team in the East right now and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -7.5 (-115)
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