Raptors vs. Bucks Prediction & Odds
The number nine seed Raptors travel to Milwaukee to take on the #1-seed Bucks on Sunday night on NBA TV at 8:00 PM ET. Can the Raptors cover the 9.5-point spread as road underdogs?
The Toronto Raptors are 35-36 on the season. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games. The Raptors are 36-35 ATS on the year.
The Milwaukee Bucks are 50-20 on the season. They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Bucks are 39-27-4 ATS on the year.
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
553 Toronto Raptors (+9.5) at 554 Milwaukee Bucks (-9.5); O/U 233.5
8:00 PM ET, Sunday, March 19, 2023
Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Raptors vs. Bucks Public Betting Information
Our NBA Public Betting Information page indicates that 77% of public bettors are currently backing the Raptors +9.5 in this contest. Note that these numbers are subject to change, so be sure to check the link to receive the most up-to-date public betting data.
Toronto Raptors DFS Spin
Toronto small forward Scottie Barnes is stuffing the stat sheet in 2022-2023. The former #4 overall pick in the 2021 draft is posting 15.7 points, 7 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and 1 steal per game for the Raptors this year. He’s shooting 47.7% from the field and 87% from the free throw this month and might be a nice value play in DFS on Sunday.
Raptors center Jakob Poeltl has been playing well since he arrived via trade at the beginning of February. The Utah alum is averaging 14.8 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.6 blocks per game in 14 contests with the Raptors this year. He could be a cost-effective center option in DFS this weekend.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Spin
Bucks small forward Khris Middleton has been rounding into form for Milwaukee in the past few weeks. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 6.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.7 made three-pointers per game in six contests this month. Middleton has increased his scoring average in each of the past three months and appears to be nearly back to 100% after he missed multiple weeks earlier this season with a knee injury.
Bucks forward Bobby Portis has only logged 19 starts this season, but he’s one of the Bucks’ first players off the bench in nearly every game. In 26 minutes per game, Bobby Portis is putting up 13.8 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.2 made three-pointers per game this season. Portis has some additional value in DFS due to his excellent shooting splits of 50/34/82 on his field goals, three-pointers, and free throws this season.
Raptors vs. Bucks NBA Betting Trends
Toronto is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning straight-up record.
Toronto is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against Milwaukee.
Toronto is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Raptors vs. Bucks NBA Prediction
I think this line is too high. The Raptors will be playing their fourth game in six nights in Milwaukee on Sunday night, but Toronto has won their previous three contests by double digits over Denver, Oklahoma City, and Minnesota. What’s more, Toronto has gone 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors may be playing on the second night of a back-to-back, but they are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days’ rest. Toronto always seems to play Milwaukee tough, and I think they will give the Bucks a competitive game on Sunday night. I’ll take the Raptors and the points on the road.
NBA BETTING PREDICTION: TORONTO RAPTORS +9.5