Date/Time: 01-05-2019, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -6
In this high caliber Eastern battle, the squads that hold the two best records currently in the conference are clashing, when the 2nd Toronto Raptors, looking to bounce back from an 18-point loss in San Antonio, are hosting the 1st Milwaukee Bucks, who want to extend their current lengthy winning streak.
Top Basketball BookmakersRaptors are 28-12 so far in the league and are sitting on the 2nd place of the Eastern Conference. In their latest matchup they saw a 2-game victory streak end with a road defeat by San Antonio, 107-125. Bucks are 27-10 so far in the league and are sitting on top of the Eastern conference. They are 9-1 in their last 10 games and in their latest matchup they were victorious against Atlanta at home, 144-112.
Toronto are led in scoring by Kawhi Leonard with 27.1 ppg. He also leads the team in rebounding with 8 per game, while Serge Ibaka follows with 15.9 ppg, adding 7.3 rebounds per game. Pascal Siakam adds 14.7 ppg and 6.5 rebounds. Milwaukee are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 26 ppg. He also leads the team both in assists with 6.2 and rebounding with 12.5 per game, while Kris Middleton follows with 17.9 ppg, adding 5.7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Eric Bledsoe adds 15.4 ppg, 4.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
This will be third meeting between those two squads so far this season with Milwaukee having a perfect 2-0 lead, winning at home with a 124-109 score and on the road 99-104. Milwaukee are 18-3 at home, while Toronto are 13-8 on the road. Milwaukee have the best offense in the league with 117.7 ppg to Toronto’s 113 ppg and both squads have almost identical defenses, allowing 107.8 and 107.9 ppg. Milwaukee have a better accuracy both from the field (47.8% to 47.3%) and from behind the arc (34.7% to 33.8%). Toronto on the other hand commit fewer turnovers (13.2 to 14.1), while Milwaukee are better in rebounding (49.8 to 45.2) and in assists per game (26.4 to 23.7). Milwaukee are the absolute favorite at home even against the Raptors, who will be missing Kyle Lowry in this game as well. Pick Bucks for a win by more than 6 points tonight.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -6 (-108)