Date/Time: 05-15-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -6
In the opening game of the finals of the East, the second Toronto Raptors who managed to come out of an exciting series against the Philadelphia Sixers that was decided in seven games, are visiting the first both in the East and in the NBA Milwaukee Bucks, who eliminated the Celtics 4-1 and have a total record of 8-1 in the postseason so far.
Raptors had a 58-24 record (38-44 against the spread) in the regular season and finished in the second place of the East. They are 3-1 in their last 4 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Phiadelphia at home in the seventh game of the series, 92-90. Bucks had a 60-22 record (47-30-4 against the spread) in the regular season and finished in the first place of the league. They are 8-1 in their last 9 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Boston at home in the fifth game of the series, 116-91.
Top Basketball BookmakersToronto are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 31.8 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game, while Pascal Siakam follows with 20.8 ppg, adding 7.2 boards per game. Kyle Lowry adds 12.4 ppg, 5 rebounds and a team high 7.1 assists per game. Milwaukee are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.4 ppg. He also adds 4.4 assists and leads the team in rebounding with 11.3 per game, while Kris Middleton follows with 19.1 ppg, adding 6 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe adds 16 ppg, 3.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Milwaukee leads Toronto 4-1 wins so far this season with both teams having split wins in the two Milwaukee games. Milwaukee are 37-9 at home, while Toronto are 29-17 on the road. Milwaukee have a better offense with 118 ppg to Toronto’s 113.1 ppg, while Toronto have a better defense, allowing 106.8 ppg to Milwaukee’s 108.5. Milwaukee have a better accuracy from the field (47.5% to 47.1%), while Toronto have a better accuracy from behind the arc (36.1% to 35.3%). Both squads commit almost the same number of turnovers (13.1 to 13.2), while Milwaukee dish more assists (26 to 25) and grab more rebounds per game (50 to 44.8). Expect a close game tonight so pick Toronto Raptors in this one.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Game 1 Prediction: Toronto Raptors +6 (-106)