Bucks and Raptors Tied at Two a Piece
The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks will meet on Thursday at Fiserv Forum. They will be squaring off in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Finals series in the NBA Playoffs. The Raptors have rallied back to knot the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2. Toronto averaged 119 points in back-to-back victories on their home-court. The Dinosaurs were impressive in their 120-102 victory in Tuesday's Game 4.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, TSN (Toronto) LINE: Bucks -7; O/U: 214.5.
The Bucks played their worst game of the series in Game 4. The cushy 2-0 lead they once held has vanished. Toronto coach Nick Nurse is looking for the same type of effort his club displayed in Game 4. They are looking to ride the momentum to take the series lead.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
The Raptors' forward Kawhi Leonard scored at least 30 points in each of the first three games of the series. He had just 19 in Game 4 while appearing to be bothered by a left leg injury. Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 25 points in Game 2. It was his second-highest total of the series. Power forward Serge Ibaka played his best game of the series with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Norman Powell is averaging 17 points over the past three contests. Backup PG Fred VanVleet scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Game 4. He broke out of his slump as he was just 7-of-44 over the previous 10 games.
The Bucks' point guard Eric Bledsoe has been a non-factor in the series. He is averaging 8.3 points and made just 11-of-45 shots. Middleton and Bledsoe each were 3-of-16 from the field in the Game 3 loss. Only Middleton shook it off. He was 11 of 15 from the floor and Bledsoe continued to struggle by going 2 of 7. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds in Game 4 for his fourth straight double-double.
The Dart Throw: Bucks 112, Raptors 96
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds & Trends
|Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Toronto is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games|
|Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road|
|Toronto is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 8 games on the road|
|Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee|
|Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games when playing Milwaukee|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto's last 11 games when playing Milwaukee|
|Toronto is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee|
|Milwaukee is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games|
|Milwaukee is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee's last 20 games|
|Milwaukee is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|Milwaukee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home|
|Milwaukee is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee's last 11 games when playing Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto|
Toronto home to Milwaukee Saturday, May 25