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Bucks – Raptors

Bucks Raptors Game 2 handicapping

The Bucks and the Raptors will square off on Friday night in Milwaukee in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bucks (top seed) will attempt to go 2-0 up on their opponents, after winning a difficult Game 1 at home. The Bucks were down for most of that game, but their quality eventually prevailed in the 4th quarter and they won 108-100. It was the 9th win in 10 playoff games for the Bucks, who also had the best record in the regular season this year, and are viewed by some as title favorites even over the mighty Golden State Warriors.

The Raptors (2nd seed), who struggled a little bit in these playoffs (losing 1 game to Orlando and 3 to Philadelphia), seemed on track for an upset in Game 1. They were in control of that game for three quarters, leading by double digits at multiple points, but they fell apart in the deciding quarter. Their main man Kawhi Leonard wasn`t able to deliver the goods at the end, and so the Raptors took a hard loss.

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Team news: Both teams are healthy aside from their long term injuries (DiVincenzo, Gasol – Bucks / Anunoby – Raptors).

The Raptors look like they blew their chance in Game 1. They were playing solid and the Bucks were not at their best, but the Raptors still managed to lose the game.

The Bucks won despite shooting worse percentages from the field than the Raptors, and that is saying a lot. The two teams shot pretty much the same FG%, but the Bucks shot just 25% from three, while the Raptors shot 36% (both teams taking almost the same amount of threes)!

If the Raptors lost in these circumstances, it`s hard to imagine what they could do going forward. They are just not as good as a team as the Bucks, who are much better at rebounding the ball and getting to the line. It`s true that Kawhi Leonard can play better for Toronto, but on the other hand Milwauke`s superstar, Giannis, didn`t play very well either – scoring just 7 baskets.

Look for the Bucks to play a much better game tonight, especially since they now also have the momentum on their side. Giannis should be more dominant, and that should translate into another win, probably an easier one.

My tip will be Milwaukee to win the game and cover the -6 (asian) handicap. I recommend looking for the -6 if you can find it, it`s available at many bookies. If not, the -6,5 is of course an option, but I would decrease the stakes by 1 unit for that. Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks – Toronto Raptors 114 – 102.

Pick: Bucks -6
Odds: 1.89 @ 1xBet
Stake: 8
Possible profit: 7.12
Event date: 18 May

About Rostick

Former bookie & water polo player. Rugby Union expert. - EDITOR INFO & STATS
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  1. Why not UNDER again?

    • Well, Game 1 had a pretty fast pace. It went 10 points below the line, but neither team shot the ball very well, and Milwaukee was particularly bad from three. Also the line is now 1-2 points lower. I like the Bucks more than the under for this Game 2.

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