Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors (Game 4): Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

How to Watch

What: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Tuesday, May 21st at 8:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 2-1 MIL

Game 3 Recap:

Milwaukee Bucks (Away)

Head Coach: Mike Budenholzer {All-Time 60-22 | MIL}

Season Record: 60-22, 1st in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Eric Bledsoe – (F) Nikola Mirotic – (F) Khris Middleton – (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo – (C) Brook Lopez

Top Performers:

  • F Giannis Antetokounmpo – 33.5 PPG | 15.3 RPG | 4.5 APG
  • G Eric Bledsoe – 25.0 PPG | 6.8 APG | 5.2 RPG
  • G-F Khris Middleton – 23.2 PPG | 6.7 RPG | 5.2 APG

The Milwaukee Bucks were unable to put together a sustained effort throughout Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors. They left themselves vulnerable in key positions, resulting in their recent loss.

The Bucks look to improve on their last performance, where they were dominated in the clutch by the Raptors. Milwaukee’s starters will need to be better if they hope to defeat the Raptors.

In the second of two home games against the Raptors, the Bucks will need to capitalize. The Raptors were able to get to their spots, but the Bucks’ sustained offensive effort can certainly help them.

Toronto Raptors (Home)

Head Coach: Nick Nurse {All-Time 58-24 | TOR}

Season Record: 58-24, 2nd in the East

Projected Starting Five: (G) Kyle Lowry – (G) Danny Green – (F) Kawhi Leonard – (F) Pascal Siakam – (C) Marc Gasol

Top Performers:

  • (F) Kawhi Leonard – 26.7 PPG | 7.3 RPG | 1.8 SPG
  • (F) Pascal Siakam – 17.0 PPG | 6.9 RPG | .368 3P%
  • (G) Kyle Lowry – 14.2 PPG | 8.7 APG | 1.4 SPG

 

 

After two losses that suggested that the Raptors were out of their depth, they came back to win a double-overtime thriller over the Bucks to take their first win of the series.

The Raptors were saddled with some disappointing performances from some of their roster, but it was clutch play in key situations that saved them in the end. They will look to maintain consistency in Game 4.

They’ll need more from their squad as a whole if they hope to take Game 4 for themselves in order to even up the series.

What’s At Stake?

The Milwaukee Bucks lead the all-time regular-season series against the Toronto Raptors. In 89 regular season game, the Bucks lead the Raptors 51-38.

These two teams have met once before in the NBA Playoffs. In 2017, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in an Eastern Conference First-Round Series. The Bucks are surely looking for revenge.

The Milwaukee Bucks look to place the Raptors a game out from elimination before heading back to Milwaukee for Game 5.

If the Raptors can draw the series level, they’ll be back in the running to make the NBA Finals.

Giannis Is Struggling Against Kawhi

Milwaukee Bucks star forward had a tough night in Toronto during Game 3. While he succeeded in Games 1 and 2 against the Raptors in Milwaukee, adjustments by Nurse stifled the young star.

That adjustment was Kawhi Leonard. Antetokounmpo shot 4-7 from the field when he was guarded by anyone but Leonard. When Leonard was guarding Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak was a lowly 1-9 from the field for only two points. It was his worst performance against any defender in his career.

It is a tough match for Antetokounmpo. He may need to convert on some tough outside shots, as Leonard as a primary defender leaves many more apt defenders like Lowry, Gasol, and Siakam as immediate help.

The Raptors Need to Control Themselves Defensively

There is a fine line between aggressiveness on defense and being out of control. For the Raptors, the team they face is so talented that they must always tow that line.

In Game 3 against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors had five different players accumulate at least four fouls, while two players – Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell – reached the limit and were removed from the game.

Due to their switch-heavy defense, the Raptors can find themselves in compromising defensive positions. Their help must be more disciplined in order to stave off fouls and stay involved in the game.

Bledsoe Has Played His Way to the Bench

Bledsoe’s performance for the Bucks in Game 3 was infuriating for Milwaukee and Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Unlike his Game 1 and 2 performance, Bledsoe laid an absolute egg.

In Game 3, Bledsoe shot 3-16 from the field and 1-6 from three-point range. He was indecisive with the ball and settled for a number of difficult shots from the field. To make matters worse for him, Bledsoe and Hill have been fantastic off the bench.

Bledsoe has been outplayed by every point guard on the Milwaukee Bucks. He is athletic and the most capable to enforce their drive-and-kick game, but his decision making has been poor to this point. If Budenholzer makes a change, expect it to start with Bledsoe.

Raptors’ Missing Players

Physically the Toronto Raptors are accounted for. However many of their key pieces haven’t showed up in this series and it has hurt their chances in every match.

In particular, Fred Vanvleet and Danny Green have failed to make an impact, not the game. In Game 3 they were a combined 2-20 from the field for a total of 6 points on the game.

They’re both passable defensively but haven’t provided needed offense. Should they be unable to find their way, don’t be surprised to see the likes of Norman Powell in a larger role and Jeremy Lin taking minutes for himself.

Toronto Raptors Roster Notes

F OG Anunoby – 13 Apr 2019 – Out (Appendix) – Anunoby will not return until the Eastern Conference Finals at the earliest, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

G-F Patrick McCaw – 16 May 2019 – Out (Personal) – McCaw did not dress for the Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks Roster Notes

G Donte DiVincenzo – 26 Mar 2019 – Out For Season (Heel) – DiVincenzo is out for the rest of the season with bilateral heel bursitis in his right foot according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

C Pau Gasol – 10 May 2019 – Out For Season (Ankle) – The Bucks announced that Gasol had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He will miss the rest of the playoffs, but is expected to be ready in time for training camp.

X-Factors: George Hill (MIL) vs Norman Powell (TOR)

Two key bench contributors take the spotlight in Game 4’s X-Factors coverage. Powell and Hill were both fantastic for their teams. In light of struggles for both starting units, their production is needed for their own respective sides.

George Hill

Point Guard | 6-3, 188lb (190cm, 85kg) | IUPUI | Exp. 10 Years

7.6 PPG | 2.3 APG | 2.5 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 0.9 TOV | .452 FG% | .314 3P%

 

 

While the Bucks struggled as a team, the veteran presence of George Hill was stabilizing for Milwaukee’s young side. His performance in Game 3 was excellent.

Hill contributed 24 points and 7 rebounds on 7-9 shooting and 7-8 shooting from the free throw line. He was the leading scorer for the Bucks in Game 3.

Hill is never expected to continually lead the Bucks in scoring. However, his ability to convert on timely possessions and defend his possession won him more minutes than Bledsoe. Expect that to continue.

Norman Powell

Shooting Guard | 6-4, 215lb (193cm, 97kg) | UCLA | Exp. 3 Years

8.6 PPG | 1.5 APG | 2.1 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.1 TOV | .483 FG% | .400 3P%

You would think that Norman Powell holds a grudge against the Milwaukee Bucks with the way he has been performing against them. In Game 3, he was brilliant with his time on the court.

In Game 3, Norman Powell contributed 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists while shooting 7-13 from the field and 3-5 from three. He was efficient and impactful every second he was on the court.

Powell is the only guard off the bench that has the shooting to keep the Bucks honest and the body and athleticism to challenge them on defense. While he fouled out in Game 3, Nick Nurse expects the same contributions from him in succeeding games.

Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

The Milwaukee Bucks are still in the driver’s seat, but the Toronto Raptors are feeling confident after their Game 3 win. The odds are growing slimmer between both sides.

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Point Spread

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Total Points

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Money Line

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888Sport NJ-150+125

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