Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Predictions

Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Regular Season NBA
Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Predictions

The Toronto Raptors have impressed so far in the NBA bubble with three victories while the Milwaukee Bucks have lost two of three in Orlando. Toronto is trying to catch Milwaukee for the top-seed in the Eastern Conference, but that requires the Raptors to win out and have the Bucks lose out. The Raptors will move a step closer in that direction with a win Monday.

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

It isn’t time for Milwaukee to panic just yet, but the Bucks have not been very sharp since returning from the intermission in the season. The losses to Houston and Brooklyn left a lot to be desired from the best team in the NBA, but there is still time for Milwaukee to rediscover its winning ways from the regular season.

But hot on the Bucks’ heels are the Raptors, who won their first three games in Orlando and look to be peaking at the right time. Toronto sent a statement with a 15-point win over the Lakers to start the bubble and it hasn’t let up since in dispatching Miami and the “host” Magic.

What has made Toronto successful is the play of its role players, all of whom have stepped up at different times to lead the Raptors to victory. Fred VanVleet poured in 36 points to beat the Heat, OG Anunoby added 23 points to complement Kyle Lowry’s 33 points in the win over the Lakers, and six players scored in double figures when Lowry had an off night against the Magic.

Milwaukee played it easy against Brooklyn and limited most of its starters, but the Houston loss is far more concerning. Against the Rockets, Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points, Khris Middleton added 27 and Brook Lopez had 23, but the rest of the team combined for just 30 points, which isn’t good enough to win most nights.

Monday’s game will really be the Bucks’ final test before the postseason while the Raptors still have two tricky games remaining after facing Milwaukee. I’d expect the Bucks to start to ramp up for the playoffs with Monday’s game against Toronto serving as the litmus test to how close Milwaukee is to playing its best basketball. The Raptors will use Monday’s game to send a statement that the Bucks won’t have a cakewalk to the NBA Finals and that they are able to defend their title.

I’d expect Milwaukee to still be favored by the New Jersey online sports betting sites, but the Raptors are in form and have looked better so far. It will be hard for the Bucks to just flip a switch and play their best basketball, something Toronto won’t have to do.

My Prediction

Raptors

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