Okay MYBookie NBA basketball betting faithful…it’s going down in a big way when Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors host Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in a highly-anticipated showdown between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night. With both championship contenders looking to extend their respective winning ways, let’s find out which team is offering the best value against their NBA Odds for the Bucks vs Raptors.
Bucks vs Raptors 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON
- TV: TNT, TSN, FSWI
- NBA Odds: Milwaukee -1.5 / Total: 231
Why Bet On Milwaukee
The Bucks have won three straight and a blistering 17 of their last 19 games overall. Milwaukee managed to get past Washington 137-134 in overtime on Monday night as Khris Middleton scored nine of his team-high 40 points in overtime to lead the way to victory on a night when superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo had a modest 22 points in just over 24 minutes of action.
“We found a way to win on the road,” relieved Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters after the win. “It’s tough. Crowd gets into it and things kind of went against us for a while but to find a way to get a win was great. Khris was obviously fabulous,” Budenholzer added. “He’s always going to shoot. He’s a winner, he hits big shots. He delivered.”
The Bucks average 120.0 points per game to lead the league in scoring while limiting the opposition to 107.8 points per game defensively (8th). Milwaukee has gone an impressive 23-5 on the road this season.
- Total Score: 120.04
- Field Goal %: 48.29
- Three Point %: 36.18
- Free Throw %: 73.85
- Total Rebounds: 51.75
- Total Score: 107.77
- Field Goal %: 41.24
- Three Point %: 35.98
- Free Throw %: 78.18
- Total Rebounds: 45.88
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Trends
- Bucks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Bucks are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Tuesday games.
- Bucks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
- Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.
- Bucks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Bucks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
Why Bet On Toronto
The Raptors have won two straight and 17 of their last 18 games overall including an emphatic 127-81 blowout of Indiana on Sunday. Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 21 points while veteran point guard Kyle Lowry recorded his sixth straight double-double with 16 points and 11 assists. Now, the Raptors heady floor leader says his team is ready to take on the challenge of facing the Bucks on Tuesday night.
“They’re a well-coached team, they’re a well-oiled machine,” Lowry told reporters. “All we can do is worry about ourselves.”
Toronto averages 113.3 points per game (10th) while limiting the opposition to just 106.1 points per game defensively to rank a stellar second in points allowed. The Raptors have gone 23-7 at home this season.
- Total Score: 113.28
- Field Goal %: 46.2
- Three Point %: 37.7
- Free Throw %: 79.81
- Total Rebounds: 45.49
- Total Score: 106.07
- Field Goal %: 42.71
- Three Point %: 33.47
- Free Throw %: 76.58
- Total Rebounds: 46.3
Toronto Raptors Betting Trends
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
- Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- Raptors are 5-2-2 ATS in their last 9 games as a home underdog.
- Raptors are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Raptors are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Bucks vs Raptors Expert Analysis and Prediction
The Bucks will be going all-out to make a statement to Toronto that, should they meet in the playoffs this coming postseason, things will go a lot different than they did a year ago when the Raptors bounced the Bucks in six games in the Eastern Conference finals en route to winning the first NBA championship in franchise history. Still though, I’m expecting the well-balanced Raptors to show up with a great effort in this one, plus I’m thinking Milwaukee could be dealing with a bit of ‘tired-leg syndrome’ after playing on Monday night.
I know Milwaukee recorded a solid 115-105 home win over Toronto on Nov. 2 with Antetokounmpo going off for 36 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists and four blocked shots and that’s another reason why I like Toronto in this huge matchup. The Bucks might be 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall, but Toronto has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games. In addition to that, the home team in this budding rivalry has won six of the last seven meetings. While a whopping 64 percent of public bettors are currently backing the Bucks to get it done in this one, I’m going with Toronto to take care of business in an absolute thriller!
Pick: Toronto 111 Milwaukee 108