Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are looking to stake their claim over the series as they take on the Toronto Raptors during Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 PM EST at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada. Broadcast is available on TNT.

How to Watch

What: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Sunday, May 19th at 7:00 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 2-0 MIL

Game 2 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 looked like their regular selves when they routed the Toronto Raptors during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

After pulling off a surprising victory in Game 1, the Bucks are now in the drivers seat heading into Toronto for two straight away games.

The Bucks have had all the composure so far this series. If they can continue their hot shooting, they'll be steps away from the NBA Finals

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

The exciting and decisive Toronto Raptors are nowhere to be found. After an an amazing three quarters in Game 1, the Raptors have failed to stay competitive since.

The Raptors weren't awful from the field, and their defence wasn't exactly a turnstile. But their inability to control the ball and limit the Bucks drive-and-kick game plan spelled their doom from the first quarter.

If the Raptors want to take Game 3 for themselves, they'll need to find the offensive style that made them so successful in the previous rounds of the playoffs.

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 have the chance to be on the cusp of finishing the series if they take a win from the Toronto Raptors on their home court.

The Toronto Raptors look to acquire the first win of the series during the first of this two-game home stand.

The Bucks Bench is the Key

While the Toronto Raptors boast a versatile bench unit, they have struggled in this series. For Milwaukee, the bench has been the difference maker.

Led by Malcolm Brogdon, the Milwaukee Bucks haven't dropped in production when the starters hit the bench. They are still defending the ball, while still maintaining leads and scoring in timely fashion.

While the Raptors are on a strict eight-man rotation, the Bucks' nine-man rotation has worked wonders. Their starters are better rested and they've been able to adjust matchups on the fly. The Bucks reserves have been brilliant.

The Raptors Need Their Veterans

In playoffs past, the Toronto Raptors were criticized for their inability to perform in clutch moments. Many thought they had rectified that problem when they acquired the likes of Danny Green and Marc Gasol.

So far in this series, Green and Gasol have been ineffective. Not only on offence, but their defensive contributions haven't been nearly enough. Green and Gasol have were a -11 and a -14 in Game 2, not good enough to slow the Bucks.

The question has been raised to see if the Raptors need to make a personnel change. Norman Powell has been successful against the Bucks while starting Serge Ibaka has been considered. Time will tell what the Raptors do, but what they're currently doing isn't working.

It Is Feast or Famine for the Bucks

There's no secret about how the Milwaukee Bucks play basketball. It is either at the rim or from the three-point line. For Milwaukee, they've found their shooting rhythm after a tough Game 1.

In Game 2 the Bucks converted on 13 three-point field-goals while all but two players that appeared outside of garbage time made a three. The consistent shooting from every position has worked to their advantage.

Hitting or not, the Bucks are going to fire away from three. The Raptors defence has failed to adjust, so expect some more liberal offensive choices considering their 2-0 lead over the Raptors.

The Raptors Defence Needs to Adjust

The Toronto Raptors' defence was stout against the Sixers. Switch-happy, the Raptors rotated their pieces on every screen against the Sixers. Against the Bucks, that strategy hasn't worked.

The Bucks are a drive-and-kick oriented team, by switching on screens they are opening themselves up to mismatches that encourage the kick-out. The Raptors have double Giannis in the post, and more often than not it has resulted in uncontested threes.

The Raptors need to adjust their defence. Teams have succeeded when smothering Giannis a the rim and making the Bucks have the paint or the inside, but not both. We'll see if the Raptors can make the changes needed for a win.

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: Eric Bledsoe (MIL) vs Marc Gasol (TOR)

Eric Bledsoe and Marc Gasol are essential to their teams success. Bledsoe has struggled to shoot the ball while Gasol hasn't found his mojo since an amazing opening two rounds. Both will look to improve in Game 3.

Eric Bledsoe

Point Guard | 6-1, 205lb (185cm, 92kg) | Kentucky | Exp. 8 Years

15.9 PPG | 5.5 APG | 4.6 RPG | 1.5 SPG | 0.4 BPG | 2.1 TOV | .484 FG% | .329 3P%

To this point in the series, Eric Bledsoe has struggled to find success against the Raptors.

In Game 2, Bledsoe posted 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 7 assists on the evening. He's shot poorly from the field, but his physicality on both ends has still been valuable.

Bledsoe is not a good shooter. Considering the Raptors are a stout rim protecting team, he has struggled on offence. He did accumulate 7 assists, proving his kick-out ability. But the Bucks still need him to show up to compete with the Raptors.

Marc Gasol

Center | 7-1, 255lb (216cm, 115kg) | Spain | Exp. 10 Years

13.6 PPG | 3.9 APG | 7.9 RPG | 1.1 SPG | 1.1 BPG | 2.0 TOV | .448 FG% | .363 3P%

The Toronto Raptors rely on Marc Gasol to be a defensive presence and a facilitator for their offence. So far in this series, he has failed to be either.

In Game 2, Gasol posted only 2 points, 5 rebounds, and a single assist in 19 minutes of play. Gasol has struggled to contain Brook Lopez, whose outside shooting threat runs counter to his tremendous post defence.

There have been conversations regarding Toronto starting Ibaka in pace of Gasol. Regardless off the change, the spaniard needs to be productive. As a scorer and defender he must perform, if not the Raptors will struggle.

Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The Bucks have the upper hand, but you can't take too much from the Toronto Raptors' home court advantage. If the Bucks keep their offensive rhythm, the Raptors will really need to find their defensive presence.

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Point Spread

Sportsbook MIL Bucks +2 TOR Raptors -2 Link
888Sport NJ -109 -110

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Total Points

Sportsbook Over 219 Under 219 Link
888Sport NJ -112 -108

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Money Line

Sportsbook MIL Bucks TOR Raptors Link
888Sport NJ +112 -132

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