Game One – 5:30pm PDT Wednesday, May 15 – Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee
The Eastern Conference hasn’t been this unpredictable since LeBron James started his career at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
With the Milwaukee Bucks finishing first seed after the regular season, they have the home court advantage in Game One against the Toronto Raptors.
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The Raptors made history with a last-second shot from Kawhi Leonard to down the Philadelphia 76ers in Game Seven of the semis.
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Over the course of the 2018-19 NBA season, the Raptors and Bucks faced off four times, with the Bucks winning three of the matches.
This year’s short-priced MVP favourite, Giannis Antetokounmpo, has played well against Toronto so far in his career, averaging 27 points and shooting the three-ball very well at 41 per cent.
The Raptors have had a much shorter break and rest compared to their opposition, who finished their semi-final series in five matches, meaning they played two less full-length games.
This series is bound to be a classic as the winner can challenge either Golden State or Portland in the NBA Finals.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Game 1 betting tips
Nikola Mirotic Over 2.5 Made Threes @ +163 with Bovada
Nikola Mirotic, who was acquired in a trade from New Orleans, is a very capable shooter coming off the bench for the Bucks. With the Raptors being a solid defensive unit in the paint, a player will need to stand up from beyond the arc, and we believe it will be Mirotic.
Pascal Siakam Over 6.5 Rebounds @ -142.86 at Bovada
Brook Lopez is the centre for the Bucks, but he doesn’t exactly play like a big man. Lopez leaves the rebounding to Giannis and tends to stay outside the key on offence. Pascal Siakam is a very sound rebounder with long arms and he will grab more than a half-dozen against the Bucks.
Kawhi Leonard Under 30.5 Points @ +125 at Bovada
He has completely carried the Raptors and will be running on low in the fuel department. Leonard may be the ultimate player at the moment, but when he goes face to face with Antetokounmpo, he will not be able to score so freely.
Milwaukee Bucks to Win @ -277.78 at Bovada
They’ve had a very helpful break and will be ready to play their first Conference Final match. The youth of the side will be ignorant to the pressure and break the Raptors’ game early.
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