A battle between the second and the fifth best teams of the Eastern Conference take places today, when the Milwaukee Bucks (20-16), are hosting the Toronto Raptors (26-10), in a rematch of New Year’s day thrilling game that was decided in overtime.
Date/Time: 01-05-2018, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks +1
Bucks have a 20-16 record (16-15-5 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 5th place of the East. They have won three of their last four matches and in their last game they won at home against the Pacers with a 122-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 29.1 ppg, adding a team high 10.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 20.5 ppg, 5.2 rebounds and a 4.4 assists per game.
Raptors have a 24-10 record (20-14 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Hawks with a 111-98 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 24.1 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 15.9 ppg and a team high 7.1 assists per game. Serge Ibaka adds 13.8 ppg and 6 rebounds.
In their previous meeting on New Year’s day, Raptors won at home in overtime with a 131-127 score. Bucks are 13-6 at home, while Raptors are 12-9 on the road. Raptors are better both offensively, scoring 111.6 ppg to Bucks’ 105.9 and defensively, allowing 103.8 ppg to Bucks’ 105.8. Bucks have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with a third-best 48.5% to Raptors’ 47.1% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.6% to Raptors’ 35.3%. Raptors are better in rebounding, grabbing 42.6 to Bucks’ league-low of 38.7, while Bucks are better in turnovers committed (13.3 to 13.9) and both teams are almost equal in assists made (23 to 22.9). It is going to be another very close game so expect the home court advantage to be a major factor. Vegas odds give Raptors a -1 spread but don’t expected to beat the odds and get defeated on the road today.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks +1 (-110)
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