Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. It’s the first match-up of the season between two Eastern Conference rivals as the Raptors and Bucks clash at Scotiabank Arena. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Sitting in just 12th place in the East, the Raptors are considered by many major underachievers this season. Pascal Siakam seems to be the only bright spot with his 26.5 points per game, outside of him nobody else has stepped up on a consistent basis.
Scottie Barnes hasn’t taken the leap everyone has expected him to do, while the likes of Fred VanVleet, Gary Trent Jr. and O.G. Anunoby just can’t seem to develop chemistry for some reason. It’s not all bad for Toronto though, they are 11-8 SU in home games this season and they also enter tonight’s game on a run of 5 wins in a row against tonight’s opponent the Bucks. In games played on a Wednesday, Toronto is 12-4 SU in their last 16, so I wouldn’t discount them so easily here as some people are doing.
Giannis Antetokounmpo put together yet another masterpiece last night as he scored 55 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading the Bucks to a 10-point home win over Washington. It was a much needed win for Milwaukee as they were starting to drop in the standings following a streak of just 1 win in 5 games. Jrue Holiday also returned to the line-up following a brief illness, but he played only 19 minutes off the bench, so he’s not yet at 100%. Khris Middleton continue to rehab his knee, the injury might be worse than initially thought which is a big blow to the Bucks’ ambitions here. All the stats are pointing against them tonight, they’ve covered just once in 7 road games, and as underdogs they’re just 2-5 SU this season.
It’s not often you get Milwaukee as a road underdog, they are 8-9 SU away from home this season and 5-10-2 ATS. This will be a 2nd night of a back-to-back for them, with Holiday still finding his way back from illness and no Khris Middleton, I have to side with Toronto in this one. Raptors to cover.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions & Odds
Milwaukee’s defense has been their Achilles heel over the past 6 games with teams scoring 113, 118, 114, 119, 139 and 118 points. I’m expecting them to tighten things up tonight in Canada as that will be the only way they can stay competitive in this game. The under has cashed in 4 of the last 5 games between these teams played at Scotiabank Arena. That’s been the general trend in Milwaukee games vs Atlantic Division opponents lately as 7 of their last 9 games have finished under the total.
On the road they are 6-11 on the O/U this season, which is another thing to consider. The last 10 meetings have seen a ton of defense played, only 212.2 points per game have been averaged during that stretch and the under has cashed 8 times. With all the Bucks injury woes and Toronto playing quality defense at home, I think backing the under is the way to go here.