Raptors Look to Close Out Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors will battle on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena. This topsy-turvy Eastern Conference Finals series has made it to Game 6. This has been one of the most unpredictable series so far in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.
The Raptors look to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Toronto has won the past three games, including a 105-99 road win on Thursday. They have roared back by a T-Rex to take a 3-2 series lead. The Bucks are reeling and have to take the skates off or go home.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, Sportsnet One (Toronto) LINE: Raptors -2; O/U: 213.5.
Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points in the Game 5 win. It was his fourth 30-point outing of the series. He has provided Toronto with the big-time performances the club was looking for when it acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points in the loss. He has to have more help from his teammates of offense. The coaching staff has to devise a way to slow down Leonard. Leonard made five 3-pointers in Game 5 for the third time this postseason.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
Milwaukee won a NBA best 60 games in the regular season. This is why Antetokounmpo and others are bullish that the club’s resiliency will ensure that a fourth loss doesn’t occur. They haven’t lost four in a row the entire season. Malcolm Brogdon had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Game 5. Point guard Eric Bledsoe scored a series-best 20. Khris Middleton had just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in Game 5. The letdown hurt after scoring 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Game 4. They need another performance like this to force a game seven.
The Raptors‘ backup point guard Fred VanVleet scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in the Game 5 victory. He is 10-for-12 from long range over the last two games. It was needed after he was only 2-for-11 over the first three games. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry was just 4-of-11 shooting, but scored 17 points and is averaging 19.6 in the series. Pascal Siakam had his second double-double of the series in Game 5. He chipped in a hefty 14 points and 13 rebounds. He is averaging 13.8 points and seven boards.
The Dart Throw: Bucks 110, Raptors 104
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds & Trends
|Milwaukee is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games|
|Milwaukee is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 14 of Milwaukee’s last 21 games|
|Milwaukee is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road|
|Milwaukee is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee’s last 9 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Milwaukee’s last 12 games when playing Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|Milwaukee is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Toronto|
|Toronto is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Toronto’s last 18 games|
|Toronto is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home|
|Toronto is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 8 of Toronto’s last 12 games when playing Milwaukee|
|Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Milwaukee|
|Toronto is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Milwaukee|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto’s last 8 games when playing at home against Milwaukee|
Milwaukee home to Toronto Monday, May 27