Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Game 6: Predictions, Odds and Betting Lines

How to Watch

What: Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors

Where: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON, Canada

When: Saturday, May 25th at 8:30 PM EST

How (TV): TNT

Series Standing: 3-2

Game 5 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 are letting it all slip away. For all the banter and flexing the Bucks have done on the court, they’ve shown their youth and inexperience in clutch moments – as they’ve gone from two up to on the brink of elimination.

The Bucks have made changes in every game since their Game 2 blowout in Milwaukee. They continue to search for answers, despite problems arising with every incoming change. To compound the issue, the Toronto Raptors are locking up the Bucks defensively.

 

 

The Bucks have one last chance to redeem themselves against the Raptors in Toronto. The team needs to show up as a whole if they hope to bring home the chance to play a Game 7.

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

Who are these Toronto Raptors? After Games 1 and 2, it seemed that the Toronto Raptors were without a chance to even win a game in the series. With Kawhi Leonard leading the charge, they now lead 3-2 over the Eastern Conference Champions.

 

 

After an iffy two-game road trip to start the series, the Raptors are now leading the Bucks. Their win in Game 5 was the first by a road team in this series, which forces a Game 6 on their home court to close out the season.

The Raptors are finally regressing to the mean after an awful start, and it seems as if their average is well ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks’. Kawhi Leonard still leads this side, but the complementary play is what will drive them to victory.

What’s At Stake?

The Milwaukee Bucks lead the all-time regular season series against the Toronto Raptors. In 89 regular season games, 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 are on the brink of elimination. A win for them would bring about Game 7 in Milwaukee.

The Toronto Raptors have a chance to end the series and book their first ever ticket to the NBA Finals with a win.

The Milwaukee Bucks Look Inexperienced

Going into this series, it looked as if the Milwaukee Bucks were primed to dominate the Toronto Raptors. However with every punch they’ve thrown, the Raptors have countered with an even more severe blow – resulting in a 2-3 series for Milwaukee.

The Bucks play with heart and passion throughout the game. They were on an 18-4 start to begin Game 5, but the Raptors weathered the storm and took the game. As the match wore on, the Bucks were losing control.

Like an inexperienced boxer who is punching themselves ragged, the Bucks are starting strong and fading late. They need a sustained and shared effort if they want to see a Game 7 in Milwaukee.

The Toronto Raptors Aren’t New To This

It wasn’t long ago that the Toronto Raptors were in the Eastern Conference Finals against LeBron James, down 2-0, then back to level the series with a win. Difference being it is now 2019 and the Raptors have three years of experience to bank on.

Almost toying with the Milwaukee Bucks, the Raptors trailed for the majority of the match until the fourth quarter. That is when they turned it up a notch and took control of the game. Stacked with savvy veterans, the Raptors executed in key moments.

The Raptors closed the second quarter and the fourth with an eight and nine-point scoring differential on the Bucks. In defining moments of the match, they’ve delivered. One more game, on their home court, and the Raptors will be in the NBA Finals.

Changes Abound, But What Has Helped?

Mike Budenholzer has changed up the Milwaukee Bucks lineup a number of times throughout the series. Unfortunately, it has failed to pay off for the Eastern Conference Champions.

First, Budenholzer inserted Mirotic into the starting lineup. He then limited Bledsoe’s minutes in favour of Hill and Brogdon, and in Game 5 he inserted Brogdon to replace Mirotic – who proceeded to play only nine minutes.

The changes made by the Bucks’ head coach haven’t paid off and the team is searching for answers. They dominated the first two rounds but have struggled when faced with equal competition. Regardless of lineups or minutes, the Bucks need production to defeat the Raptors. From wherever it might be from.

The Raptors Are Still Missing Key Contributors

By the box score you would think that all went well for the Raptors, but in Game 6 they were still missing contributions from those who are considered key pieces.

Marc Gasol only had four points on 1-6 shooting while Danny Green was 0-3 in 15 minutes of play. Both struggled to find their rhythm, but their defensive efforts are still valued.

A little more from everyone can push the Raptors to succeed without so much tension at the end of games. Toronto has played excellently as a whole on their home court, so their complementary pieces should produce more efficiently.

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: Khris Middleton (MIL) vs Fred Vanvleet (TOR)

Two players who have been wholly ineffective to begin the series, need to step up to force the game in the favour of their side. Middleton was complacent in Game 5 while Vanvleet emerged a star.

Khris Middleton

Small Forward | 6-8, 222lb (203cm, 100kg) | Texas A&M | Exp. 6 Years

18.3 PPG | 4.3 APG | 6.0 RPG | 1.0 SPG | 0.1 BPG | 2.3 TOV | .441 FG% | .378 3P%

An NBA All-Star, Khris Middleton certainly didn’t look like the star that he was touted to be at the mid-way point of the season. With the series in jeopardy, Middleton needs to step up.

Middleton was invisible in Game 5, accumulating only 6 points in 36 minutes. He did contribute in other areas though, as he totalled 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the evening.

Middleton is most valuable as a second scorer for the Bucks. At the moment, he is attempting the least field-goals of any Bucks starter. For Milwaukee to force a Game 7, they need a combined effort led by Middleton.

Fred Vanvleet

Point Guard | 6-0, 195lb (183cm, 88kg) | Wichita State | Exp. 2 Years

11.0 PPG | 4.8 APG | 2.6 RPG | 0.9 SPG | 0.3 BPG | 1.3 TOV | .410 FG% | .378 3P%

Few are aware of the trials that third-year point guard Fred Vanvleet underwent over the past week. After an abysmal shooting stretch to start the series, he was on fire in Game 5 to take down the Bucks.

Vanvleet was a remarkable 7-13 from three point range while being a +28 on the match – higher than any other Raptors to step on the court.

Perhaps the birth of his son and second child was the boon he needed to get back on track this series. Vanvleet has been tremendous in the last two matches and his playmaking and shooting were sorely missed and very welcome back into the Toronto Raptors fold.

Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Predictions and Odds

The series on the line for the Milwaukee Bucks. After starting the series 2-0 as a -900 favourite, the line has gone toward the Toronto Raptors after three straight wins. The Eastern Conference Finals will either come to an end, or bring about a Game 7 after Saturday night.

If you are in New Jersey you can bet on the Raptors vs Bucks game 6 with 888Sport and BetStars NJ. Here are the latest odds:

Point Spread

SportsbookMIL Bucks +2TOR Raptors -2Link
888Sport NJ-109-112
BetStars NJ-110-110

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Total Points

SportsbookOver 212Under 212Link
888Sport NJ-110-110
BetStars NJ-110-110

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Money Line

SportsbookMIL BucksTOR RaptorsLink
888Sport NJ+108-129
BetStars NJ+120-137

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