I like the Bucks at home in this spot. All season and including the playoff the Bucks have played significantly better at home. So the fact that they are at home and have pretty much dominated the Raptors all season makes this -6.5 a lock for me. I dont think the Raptors will be able to match up with the Bucks and their depth. Look for a double digit win here
Raptors Team Total is at 106. They're averaging 103.6 in the playoffs (100.4 on the road) and are playing much better defensive team than the Sixers and Magic. MIL is contesting 72.1% of shots in the playoffs, Sixers were at 54.2, Magic were lower than that. The total has gone under in 10 of Toronto's previous 13 games.
Milwaukee had a cake walk against Celtics and Toronto beat a tougher team in Philly. I also think Raptors defense going to be able to slow down Bucks more than Celtics did. Raptors are going to hang around tonight; I think it's a lower scoring than 217.5
Bucks have been smashing everyone all season and playoffs. Now that Brogdon is back at 100%, I dont see Toronto being able to hang with Milwaukee and the Bucks should be able to slow Leonard. I've got Bucks in 5.
Bucks trying to avoid another Game 1 letdown after long layoffA 22-point loss to the Celtics in Game 1 of the East semifinals taught the Bucks what could happen after a long layoff, so they were wary not to "overrest" this time. http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/26745627/bucks-trying-avoid-another-game-1-letdown-long-layoff
In Game 1 of their second-round matchup, Boston was able to grind Milwaukee down. The game had 99 possessions, and the Bucks scored just 90 points on their way to a 22-point loss. The rest of the series was played at an almost 106 possessions per game pace and the Bucks swept them all. What does this mean? Milwaukee thrives in transition and Toronto plays transition basketball.
Milwaukee dominated Toronto in three of their four head-to-head duels in the regular season. The Bucks have more quality options at the offensive end and the Bucks second unit seems more dangerous than the Raptors second unit. And the Bucks are 33-8 at home this year.
The Bucks will be tough to beat at the Fiserv Forum where they went 33-8 during the regular season. The Bucks are the more rested team and won the season series by 3-1 and Im taking them to win the series and expect them to draw first blood and cover the 6 points.
Betting Prediction for Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks on May 15, 2019, 8:30 PM ET
Free Betting Prediction: Milwaukee will WIN , Cover the Spread , and the Total will go Under .
After rolling through the Pistons and Celtics and most of the NBA during the regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks will look to draw first blood in the Eastern Conference final vs the Toronto Raptors tonight. The Raptors are coming off a grueling seven-game series and needed a miracle shot from Kawhi Leonard to make it this far. The Raps also dropped three of their four games vs the Bucks during the season and have lost four of their last five games in Milwaukee.The Bucks opened as 6-point favorites with a total of 217.5. Original matchup: http://bit.ly/2YuxObl