In this high caliber duel between two squads tied on top of the East, the Toronto Raptors (37-15), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Milwaukee Bucks (36-13), who have lost only once in their last 8 games.
Date/Time: 01-31-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -4
Toronto Raptors have a 37-15 record (23-29 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with today’s opponent Bucks in the first place of the East. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Mavericks with a 123-120 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.9 ppg, adding a team high 7.9 boards per game. He is followed by Serge Ibaka with 16.1 ppg and 7.6 boards per game.
Milwaukee Bucks have a 36-13 record (27-19-3 against the spread) so far this season and are currently tied with today’s opponent Raptors in the first place of the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pistons with a 115-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 26.5 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 5.9 and in boards grabbed with 12.6 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.3 ppg, 5.7 boards and 4.2 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Bucks lead the Raptors 2-1 wins, having won the previous game in Toronto with a 99-104 score. Raptors have a 21-4 home record, while the Bucks are 14-9 on the road. Bucks are better both offensively, scoring 117.2 ppg to Raptors’ 114.1 ppg and defensively, allowing 107.6 ppg to Raptors’ 108.7. Bucks have a better field goal percentage (48% to 47.2%), while both teams have almost identical 3-point percentage (35% to 34.8%). Bucks are better both in dimes made (26.3 to 24.4) and in boards grabbed (48.8 to 45), while Raptors are better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 13.8). Raptors have been strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -4 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as the Bucks have been playing much better lately.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks +4 (-106)
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