Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

December 9, 6:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
Toronto -5

The Toronto Raptors (21-6) and the undefeated Milwaukee Bucks (16-8) will face off in a highly-touted Eastern Conference featuring the present top two teams in the conference. The tip is set for 6:00 PM ET and will be televised on FSN. Corresponding coverage will be available on NBA TV. In the series, the Deers have galloped to two straight victories against the Raptors. Earlier this season, Milwaukee hosted Toronto and defeated the Raptors 124-109 to pull an upset as a 2.5-point underdog.

Milwaukee Bucks at Toronto Raptors Overview

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks come in off a 105-95 loss at home sustained on Friday against the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. Despite Golden State boding its prestigious pedigree, the Deers were favored by 2.5-points in their own stead. The Bucks are 1-6 ATS in their last seven outings where they were favored in each and every fixture.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are proud owners of the best record in the NBA with just six losses on the year. Two of these aforementioned defeats were suffered in Toronto’s last three outings. Most recently, the Raptors suffered only their third loss at home this season hosting their divisional rival the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Despite being favored by nine, the Raptors fell in the Great White North in overtime by a score of 106-105 to the boys from Brooklyn. The Raptors are 1-3 ATS in their previous four matches.

Reasons To Avoid Milwaukee

Milwaukee relies heavily on their home court to get most of their wins. Milwaukee owns a 12-3 SU record at home, but they are just 4-5 SU on the road. The Bucks’ struggles on the road are amplified by a present two-game skid outside Milwaukee where they fell to teams such as the Charlotte Hornets and most recently the New York Knicks. In both these games, the Bucks were favored to win showcasing the narrative that they play at a lower level on the road and down to the level of their opposition. The problem for Milwaukee here is that they are going against a basketball team that is 11-3 SU on their own court who is the best in the business at the moment.

Reasons To Back Toronto

The Raptors can first and foremost hone their robust home court advantage, but it goes beyond that. Toronto owns all the metrics to maximize their edge in the Great White North, including a deeper bench, better defense, and a squad that overall commits fewer turnovers.

Bucks at Raptors Prediction 12/09/2018

Though the Bucks are one of the premier teams in the NBA at the moment, all of their productivity, efficiency, and explosiveness circulates around one man: Forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. “The Greek Freak” has been putting together a freakishly awesome campaign with 26.8 points per game, six assists per outing, 13 rebounds per game, and 1.5 steals per game. Giannis is also the Bucks’ best shooter hitting 57% of his field goals. The strategy for the Raptors is simple, shut down The Greek Freak and then the Bucks become far easier to lock horns with. So far this season, no one has really had an answer for The Greek Freak, but the Raptors have one of the best defenders in all of the NBA, and that man is Forward Kawhi Leonard. The Raptors will deploy Leonard on Anteokuonmpo and force the Bucks to win with their supporting cast. Given the location of the venue, we have to like Toronto’s prospects of winning and covering while they are at it.

Free Pick: 
Take Toronto -5
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