Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Game 1 - Bucks tipped to take 1-0 series lead at home

Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the Raptors
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Bucks look to get fans to help them extend four-game winning streak (credit: Getty Images )

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Game 1 Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


The Eastern Conference Finals are here with the Toronto Raptors facing the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA this season. I am tipping the Bucks to cover the 6.5-point spread in Game 1 at Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee are 4-1 ATS in their last five games facing the Raptors and are riding a four-game winning streak where they won by an average of 16.3 ppg. 

Toronto Raptors Form & Team News 


The Raptors beat the Philadelphia 92-90 in Game 7 at home with Kawhi Leonard hitting a game-winning buzzer beater. Toronto shot a lower FG% in the game (38.2% to 43.1%), but had 11 more offensive rebounds (16-5) and forced seven more turnovers (17-10). 

Leonard led all scorers in Game 7 with 41 points, but shot 16/39 from the floor and missed seven of his nine 3-pointers. He leads Toronto averaging 31.8 ppg in the playoffs but can averaged 22 ppg on 43% shooting in three regular season games against the Bucks. 

Toronto head coach Nick Nurse needs his team to play solid defense against the highest scoring team in the NBA? It could be a tough battle on the road against the Bucks who are averaging 118.8 ppg in their four-game win streak.

Milwaukee Bucks Form & Team News


The Bucks have had a long layoff after taking out the Boston Celtics in five games in the NBA Western Conference semifinals. They have won four of five games at home in the playoffs and three of their last four games, including their last two by double digits and beat the Celtics 116-91 in their last game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo has led the Bucks in the playoffs in scoring and rebounding (27.4 ppg 11.3 rpg). He has gotten a lot of help as well with four other players averaging in double figures in the playoffs. That should continue here with seven Milwaukee players scoring at least 10 points in their last game.

Milwaukee head coach Terry Stotts has his team tearing it up in the scoring department. I think it will continue as they led the NBA in scoring (118.1 ppg) this season and in the two home games against Toronto averaged 120 ppg. 

The Bucks are on fire in their four-game win streak and are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games. I am tipping them to cover the -6.5 point spread and take a 1-0 NBA series lead. The total for this game is sitting at 218. 

Fiserv Forum
The Bucks have won two in a row and four of their five playoff games at Fiserv Forum


Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Head to Head


The Bucks have won four of their last five games against the Raptors. 

This season the Bucks won three of four regular season games against the Raptors. 

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Match Up


The Raptors played great defense in their last game closing out the 76ers in the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals. That is unlikely to happen in this game facing a deep Bucks’ team that has been killing it on offense. 

Milwaukee is riding high winning four in a row. That can continue for the Bucks who have two straight blowout wins at home. 

Boston Celtics vs Milwaukee Bucks Statistics


  • Toronto Raptors are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games against a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
  • Toronto Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games facing teams from the NBA Central Division. 
  • Toronto Raptors have lost 2 of their last 3 road games. 
  • Milwaukee Bucks are 4-1 in their last 5 games against the Raptors. 
  • Milwaukee Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
  • Milwaukee Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the Raptors. 

Verdict


The Bucks have been lighting up the scoreboard in their current four-game win streak and that should continue in Game 1. Milwaukee can cover the -6.5 point spread against the Raptors who have lost two of their last three road games. 

Best Bet: Milwaukee Bucks -6.5 Spread @ -110 (1.90) at bet365 - 4 Units
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Jason Green 14 May 2019
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