Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks

Somehow the Milwaukee Bucks roared back in the fourth quarter of Game 1 to take the match from the Toronto Raptors. They'll look to maintain their momentum in Game 2 on Friday, May 17th at 8:30 PM EST at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI. Broadcast is available on TNT.

How to Watch

What: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks

Where: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI

When: Friday, May 17th at 8:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 1-0 MIL

Game 1 Recap:

Toronto Raptors (Away)

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

The Toronto Raptors came out of the gate on fire, showing the Milwaukee Bucks that they are not a side to be trifled with. Led by Kyle Lowry they led for the majority of the match, however key mistakes late and an inability to score the ball led to their eventual downfall.

It was a vintage Kyle Lowry performance that reminded fans that Kyle Lowry is one of the NBA's best point guards. He, along with Leonard and Siakam, gave the Bucks all they could handle.

Unfortunately for the Raptors, they again failed to receive production from their auxiliary pieces. Surprisingly it was veteran stars Danny Green and Marc Gasol that let them down in the clutch. The Raptors are sure to rectify their mistakes going into Game 2.

Milwaukee Bucks (Home)

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

It looked like it would be another Game 1 loss for the Milwaukee Bucks to begin this match. They struggled to convert from range and the Raptors started the match hot as they could be.

It took a massive fourth quarter and the performance of Brook Lopez's career for the Bucks to turn around and win this game. They came down with some lucky bounces and misses from the Raptors, but their grit and effort are what led to their victory.

The Milwaukee Bucks are sure to improve on their three-point shooting, but their interior defense on the Raptors was suspect for three of four quarters. Despite the win, they can't be satisfied with their performance.

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 Toronto Raptors had the win in their hands and just let it slip away. They'll go into Game 2 looking for a split, before heading home for a two-game homestand.

The Milwaukee Bucks pulled off an unexpected Game 1 victory. They have the chance to put the Raptors against the wall with a win before traveling to Toronto for two matches.

The Raptors Were Humbled on the Glass

Coming off of a physical series with the Philadelphia 76ers, many thought the Raptors would receive a bit of a break as the physical matchup between them and the Bucks was evener. This match showed that size doesn't matter, as the Bucks out-hustles the Raptors at every opportunity.

The Raptors allowed the Bucks to collect 60 rebounds to their 46. Even more worrisome was the 15 offensive rebounds that they allowed which turned into second chances. Siakam, in particular, needs to be more of an impact on the glass, as his leak-outs leave the likes of Lowry and Green to pick up the pieces.

Nick Nurse didn't walk out a lineup of Gasol and Ibaka too often in this match, as their foot speed wasn't enough to keep up with the Bucks' ball movement. It all comes down to effort and during Game 1, the Bucks wanted it more. The Raptors need to defend their glass in Game 2.

Brook Lopez Looked Like A Star

All credit to Brook Lopez, he was the best player on the court for the Milwaukee Bucks, not Giannis Antetokounmpo. While the Greek Freak commanded the paint, as usual, it was Lopez that capitalized on key possessions.

Lopez had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks on the match. His threat from deep and presence in the paint are what stifled the Raptors late in the fourth quarter.

Give credit to Lopez, as he negated the defensive threat that is Marc Gasol. Gasol famously kept All-Stars Nikola Vucevic and Joel Embiid at bay in the previous two rounds, but Lopez was not deterred. Expect Gasol to overcome his Game 1 issues, but Lopez has landed the first blow in this decisive matchup.

The Raptors Need Contributions From All Parties

The Toronto Raptors' stars showed up to the party. Unfortunately, the additional pieces that they have didn't appear to support their star pieces. Lowry, Leonard, and Siakam were their usual selves, but they needed more from everyone else.

Outside of those three, the Raptors only received 24 points. That includes contributions from their key starters Danny Green and Marc Gasol. Those two were a combined 3 of 15 from the field despite contributing solid defense and 18 rebounds on the match.

The Raptors bench hasn't been in rhythm for the majority of the playoffs, but they need all of their pieces to contribute to the game. It was Gasol and Green that lost them in key moments. They're talented veterans, so you'd expect them to improve in Game 2. If not, the Raptors may be down two when they head back to Toronto.

The Bucks Need Their Backcourt

Khris Middleton was an All-Star this season while Eric Bledsoe was on the cusp of making his first All-Star berth. Unfortunately for them, neither performed particularly well in Game 1 against the Raptors.

Bledsoe had 9 points on 3-12 shooting while Middleton had 11 points on 4-12 shooting. While both contributed defensively, they failed to make a meaningful impact on offense that would've saved their side the late dramatics.

Alarmingly Middleton and Bledsoe were 1-12 from three-point range on the match. While Bledsoe isn't the greatest shooter on their side, he and Middleton should be contributing more than that from range. They'll need to find their accuracy in Game 2, or they may not get the late second chance to take the game as they did in Game 1.

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 1 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.

F DJ Wilson - 14 May 2019 - Out (Ankle) - Wilson was ruled out for the Bucks' Game 1 match against the Toronto Raptors.

X-Factors: Norman Powell (TOR) vs Malcolm Brogdon (MIL)

Two reserve combo-guards will do battle when the Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks face off again. Norman Powell contributed lightly in limited minutes, while Malcolm Brogdon is looking back to form since returning from injury.

Norman Powell

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

8.6 PPG | 1.5 APG | 2.3 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.1 TOV | .483 FG% | .400 3P%

The Toronto Raptors don't maintain a deep bench rotation in the playoffs due to the injury to OG Anunoby, however, Norman Powell has done his best to step up to the plate.

In his last match against the Bucks, scored six points on 2-4 shooting from three-point range. He was, however, a -6, not the evening, as he was ineffective on the defensive side of the ball - which limited him to 10 minutes of play.

Powell is an athletic combo guard with the ability to hit from range. He is however predictable going to the rim. The Raptors need his spark off of the bench, especially considering only Lowry, Leonard, and Siakam scored in double-digits for the match.

Malcolm Brogdon

Point Guard | 6-5, 229lb (196cm, 103kg) | Virginia | Exp. 2 Years

15.6 PPG | 3.2 APG | 4.5 RPG | 0.7 SPG | 0.2 BPG | 1.4 TOV | .505 FG% | .426 3P%

Brogdon was fantastic in Game 1 against the Toronto Raptors. He showed no signs of injury, as he hit open shots, got into passing lanes, and even skied for a rim-rattling dunk.

 

 

He was the best of any reserve to touch the court for the Raptors or the Bucks. He contributed 15 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds, on the evening to a +18 net rating on the night.

He still looked a step slow on the defensive side, but that will likely come back to him with repetition. He was the most effective player on the court when he was on the floor and was efficient as ever. More nights like this and Brogdon may find a longer role as the Bucks' new bench captain.

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

It's a toss-up between these two teams in Game 2. While the Toronto Raptors dominated for the majority of Game 1, the Bucks were able to go on a late run to take the game from them entirely. Game 2 is expected to be a back-and-forth affair.

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Point Spread

Sportsbook TOR Raptors +7 MIL Bucks -7 Link
888Sport NJ -110 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 218 Under 218 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -109

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Money Line

Sportsbook TOR Raptors MIL Bucks Link
888Sport NJ +235 -295

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