The Eastern Conference rivals face off Saturday night at the Fiserv Forum. The Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors in a potential playoff preview, with the Bucks bringing a 27-17 record to the contest. Milwaukee is 14-7 at home and at normal rest, with Toronto (20-18) entering the second straight night after facing the Detroit Pistons on Friday. Jrue Holiday (ankle), Brook Lopez (back) and Langston Galloway (protocols) are out for the Bucks. Gary Trent Jr. (ankle) is daily for Toronto.
Tipoff is at 6:30 p.m. ET in Milwaukee. Caesars Sportsbook lists Milwaukee as the home favorite with 7.5 points, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks scored, is 221.5 in the latest Raptors vs. Bucks odds. Before making any Bucks vs. Raptors picks, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now the model has set his sights on Bucks vs. Raptors, and has just locked in his NBA picks and predictions. You can head over to SportsLine now to see the model choices. Here are several NBA betting lines and trends for Raptors vs. Bucks:
- Difference Bucks vs Raptors: Bucks -7.5
- Bucks vs. Raptors over-under: 221.5 points
- Bucks vs. Raptors money line: Bucks -340, Raptors +270
- TOR: Raptors are 5-1 ATS with no rest
- MIL: Bucks are 8-13 ATS in home games
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Why the Raptors can cover
Toronto’s offense is strong this season, scoring more than 1.1 points per possession. The Raptors dominate in key areas, posting the second-highest offensive rebound rate in the NBA. Toronto is also No. 2 in second-chance points, and the Raptors are in the top five in ball safety with fewer than 13 turnovers per game. The Raptors are very athletic and physical, posting a top-five rating in quick break points, and that translates into defense as well.
Toronto is No. 3 in the NBA in quick break points allowed with less than 11 per game. The Raptors are also in the top five in points in the paint allowed, with the No. 2 mark in creating turnovers. Toronto generates more than nine steals per game, and when the Raptors create a giveaway, they turn it into points at the elite level, averaging nearly 20 points on turnovers per game. Milwaukee is below par in free throws and assists, leaving Toronto with avenues for success.
Why the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee is terrific at both ends of the floor. The Bucks are holding their opponents to just 1.07 points per possession on defense, allowing 43.8% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from 3 points. Milwaukee is No. 6 in the NBA in free throw attempts allowed, giving up just 19.3 per game, and the Bucks are in the top 10 in defensive rebounding rate at 73.7%.
Milwaukee uses physics to keep opponents from getting to the edge, allowing just 42.5 points in the paint per game, and the Bucks are averaging 7.8 steals per contest. On offense, the Bucks are dynamic from long range, making 36.2 percent of attempts and averaging 14.4 3-pointers per game, second in the NBA. Milwaukee is also above average in making free throw attempts (21.1 per game), and the Bucks are in the top 10 in offensive standings, scoring 111.4 points per 100 possessions this season.
How to Make Bucks vs. Raptors Picks
SportsLine’s model leans into the total, projecting a combined 221 points. The model also indicates that one side of the gap hits almost 60% of the time. You can only see the model choice on SportsLine.
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