Bucks Looking to Take Control Tuesday
The Milwaukee Bucks are in position to take a 2-0 series lead against the favored Toronto Raptors when these two Eastern Conference foes square off against one another this Tuesday night in Game 2 of this opening round best-of-seven matchup in the playoffs. BetAnySports has opened Toronto as a 7.5-point home favorite for this 7 p.m. (ET) tip on NBA TV. The total line for the game has been set at 192.5. The total has edged up to 193.5 and the side still sees Toronto as 7.5 point favorites.
The Bucks stunned Toronto 97-83 in the series opener as 7.5-point road underdogs and the total stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ 197.5-point closing line. Milwaukee is now 3-1 both straight-up and against the spread in its last four games after failing to cover in eight of its previous 12 contests. The total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in its last six games.
Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way in Saturday’s win with 28 points and he has been the Bucks’ leading scorer all season long with an average of 22.9 points per game. Malcolm Brogdon added 16 points and he went 4-for-7 from three-point range. Milwaukee is averaging 103.6 PPG, but it has not been able to reach that total in its last six games.
Raptors Look to Even NBA Playoffs Series at One
The Raptors closed out the regular season with a SU four-game winning streak while going 2-1-1 ATS after knocking off Cleveland 98-83 as four-point road favorites in their final game. With the total staying UNDER in Saturday’s loss, it has now stayed UNDER four of their last six contests. The Raptors went a SU 28-13 at home in the regular season, but they have failed to cover in four of their last five home games.
Toronto was able to open up a five-point lead on the Bucks at halftime of Game 1, but it was only able to post 32 points in the second half. DeMar DeRozan scored a team-high 27 points and Serge Ibaka added 19 points in the losing cause, but the rest of the team only managed to produce a total of 37 points. The Raptors were 10th in the NBA in scoring during the regular season with an average of 106.9 PPG, but they have failed to hit that number in five of their last six games.
I like Toronto’s chances to even up this series at a game a piece with the SU win on Tuesday night, but my “best bet” pick is the UNDER on BetAnySports’ 193.5-point total line in another defensive battle.