Raptors vs. Bucks Prediction
After a late surge to pull away with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, will the Milwaukee Bucks be able to cover against the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 tonight at 8?
545 Toronto Raptors vs. 546 Milwaukee Bucks
Friday, May 17, 2019
8:30PM ET – Fiserv Forum
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Bucks are the favorite tonight, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Raptors. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 216 points. The public betting for the contest has 51 percent going on the Raptors on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Raptors drop opener
Toronto led most of Game 1, but managed to let the game slip away down the stretch, as the Bucks picked up a 108-100 victory. The Raptors are 66-29 on the season, 29-18 on the road, 44-51 against the spread and 47-45-3 with the over.
The Raptors really seemed to have things go their way in Game 1, as the Bucks didn’t shoot well and they finally got a big game out of Kyle Lowry. The point guard had 30 points and was 7 of 9 from the arc, and they still lost. Kawhi Leonard continued his great postseason with 31 points and nine rebounds. Marc Gasol played 40 minutes, but had just six points with 12 rebounds and five assists.
Bucks keep rolling
Milwaukee earned another victory on Wednesday in Game 1, moving to 9-1 overall and 9-1 against the spread in the 2019 postseason. Milwaukee is 69-23 on the year, 38-9 at home, 56-32-4 against the spread and 47-45 with the over.
The Bucks were far from their usual offensive output, as they shot just 37 of 93 from the field and 11 of 44 from the arc. Giannis Antetokounmpo put up 24 points with 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Brook Lopez had a tremendous night, putting up 29 points with 11 rebounds and four blocks. Khris Middleton and Nikola Mirotic were both just 1 of 6 from the arc.
NBA Betting Trends
The Raptors are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven against Central Division opponents.
The Bucks are 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games and 5-0 ATS in their last five Friday games.
Toronto had a great chance to win Game 1 and they were unable to do so. It’s not often that the Raptors are going to get the Bucks to shoot that poorly. Milwaukee is a great offensive team and they were far from the best on Wednesday, yet they found a way to win. Middleton can definitely play better even if Lopez takes an expected step back. The Raptors aren’t going to get what they got out of Lowry often, either. I think Toronto will continue to struggle putting up points, as they did at times against Philly.
NBA Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -6.5