Toronto At Milwaukee NBA Game 3 Free Picks
In recent years, the NBA playoffs have gone strictly to form, with the top two seeds in either conference being the teams most likely to advance to the Finals. It’s always fun when we get a potential upset, or at least see a series that is pushed further than we might have expected. The Toronto Raptors finished as the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, but were dealt a tricky opponent in the opening round in the Minnesota Timberwolves. The general consensus was still that the Raptors would get past Minnesota without too much fuss, especially since they had won 7 of their last 8 meetings versus the T-Wolves. The playoffs have a way of changing things entirely, though, and Minnesota were able to steal Game 1, thanks in large part to a dominating defensive display. They fought till the very end in Game 2, and it was only a late Kyle Lowry 3-pointer that eventually swung things in the favor of the Raptors. The series now shifts to Minneapolis, with the Raptors looking to in back home court advantage. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.
Here’s A Closer Look At The Raptors At Bucks NBA Game 3 Free Picks
When: Thursday, April 20 at 8 PM EST
Where: Target Center, Minneapolis
TV: NBATV, FOX SPORTS WISCONSIN, TSN
Radio: AM 620 WTMJ, SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
Live Stream: Watch NBA
NBA Odds: Toronto Raptors -1½ (-110)
Why bet on the Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors found themselves in the top 10 in points per game average at the end of the regular season, so it was definitely a surprise when they were held to just 83 points in the opening game of this series. While the Raptors were able to get their groove back with a 106-100 win in Game 2, they are still 0-2 ATS in this series, which is something to consider when they hit the road for Game 3. That said, Toronto were a very good pick against the spread when playing on the road in the regular season, going 23-17-1. They did lose to Minnesota in their last visit there, which broke a 7-game win streak over the T-Wolves.
Why bet on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Timberwolves have already proven that they are not going to go away without a fight in this series, and beating them in their own building is not going to be easy. They went 23-18 in the Target Center during the regular season, and while they have not had a lot of recent success versus the Raptors, they can certainly take encouragement from the 101-94 victory they put up the last time Toronto came to town. While the Timberwolves have been able to go 2-0 ATS in this series, their record against the spread at home during the regular season was not so good, as they went just 20-21-0.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think this series is going to remain tight throughout, but I also believe that Toronto will eventually prevail. That all begins by winning at least one game on the road in the next two games, and I think they will get the one that they need on Thursday night.
Toronto Raptors 101 Minnesota Timberwolves 97