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Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors pulled off a huge road performance in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, giving themselves the 3-2 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks heading into Game 6. A win for the Raptors at home on Saturday would see them advance to the NBA Finals, while a Bucks win would stretch the series to a Game 7.

Toronto Raptors

Scotiabank Arena in Toronto is sure to be bumping for Game 6, as the Raptors will have a chance to advance to the NBA Finals. Behind the heroic performances of small forward Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors have clawed all the way back into this series, taking a 3-2 series lead with the first road win of this series in Game 5. Leonard put up 35 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists in Game 5 on Thursday, leading his team in scoring and assisting. If the Raptors are going to get the series-clinching win on Saturday, it will be on the back of Leonard. He’s put up 30.4 points per game in this series so far, and his defense on Giannis Antetokounmpo has been immense. Expect an All-star showdown between Giannis and Leonard in a huge Game 6 in Toronto on Saturday.

After losing back-to-back games opening the Eastern Conference Finals, Toronto have caught fire, winning three straight games against the Bucks. The Raptors were able to win away in the last game, forcing a must-win for the Bucks when they visit Toronto in Game 6. Toronto is 7-2 at home in the playoffs, going 4-1 in their last five games at home in the postseason.

Toronto Raptors Expected Starting Lineup
Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol

Toronto Raptors NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.21 MIL
TOR
31
32
24
33
26
29
21
26
102
120
2019.05.19 MIL
TOR
21
30
30
28
24
19
21
19
16
22
112
118
2019.05.17 TOR
MIL
21
35
18
29
39
31
25
30
103
125
2019.05.15 TOR
MIL
34
23
25
28
24
25
17
32
100
108
2019.05.12 PHI
TOR
13
18
27
26
24
23
26
25
90
92
2019.05.09 TOR
PHI
21
29
22
29
24
29
34
25
101
112
2019.05.07 PHI
TOR
26
27
17
37
27
28
19
33
89
125
2019.05.05 TOR
PHI
24
21
23
24
28
30
26
21
101
96
2019.05.02 TOR
PHI
29
32
24
32
28
25
14
27
95
116
2019.04.29 PHI
TOR
26
17
25
21
18
25
25
26
94
89
2019.04.27 PHI
TOR
31
39
21
22
29
31
14
16
95
108
2019.04.23 ORL
TOR
19
35
28
32
23
32
26
16
96
115
2019.04.21 TOR
ORL
28
26
30
16
24
28
25
15
107
85
2019.04.19 TOR
ORL
26
21
22
24
28
20
22
28
98
93
2019.04.16 ORL
TOR
18
26
21
25
27
39
16
21
82
111
2019.04.13 ORL
TOR
25
30
32
19
18
27
29
25
104
101
2019.04.09 TOR
MIN
26
28
43
19
29
31
22
22
120
100
2019.04.07 MIA
TOR
26
25
31
25
22
28
24
25
6
14
109
117
2019.04.05 TOR
CHA
34
33
31
24
21
33
25
23
111
113
2019.04.03 TOR
BKN
34
22
23
28
33
28
25
27
115
105
2019.04.01 ORL
TOR
36
29
16
33
23
33
34
26
109
121
2019.03.30 TOR
CHI
26
28
41
28
26
19
31
26
124
101
2019.03.28 TOR
NYK
30
18
25
18
32
28
30
28
117
92
2019.03.26 CHI
TOR
18
26
23
30
31
29
31
27
103
112
2019.03.24 CHA
TOR
27
32
31
25
37
26
20
31
115
114
2019.03.22 OKC
TOR
22
29
26
29
35
22
33
29
116
109
2019.03.20 TOR
OKC
39
31
24
24
29
23
18
32
13
4
123
114
2019.03.18 NYK
TOR
29
38
25
35
15
28
23
27
92
128
2019.03.17 TOR
DET
21
25
26
25
37
28
23
32
107
110

Milwaukee Bucks

Things can change very quickly in the NBA. This is a fact that has been proven to the Bucks over the last few days. After jumping out to an ideal 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals, Milwaukee has managed to drop the next three games, turning their trip to Toronto into a must-win excursion. MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo will have to show what he is made of, as Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has taken this series over. Antetokounmpo has been contained in recent games, with the Greek Freak scoring just 20.3 points in the last three games in this series. This total is the lowest of any three-game streak in the postseason so far, indicating a dip in scoring production from the big man. Game 6 in Toronto represents the biggest game of his young career, making this matchup on Saturday a must-watch event.

The Bucks are out of form ahead of Game 6 in Toronto. After winning the first two games of this series, Milwaukee has lost lost the last three in a row, leading to the 2-3 series deficit. Milwaukee will have to get back to winning ways on the road if they want to extend this series to seven games. After starting the postseason 4-0 on the road, the Bucks have lost their last two games in Toronto, putting Milwaukee’s away record at 4-2 in the playoffs.

Milwaukee Bucks Expected Starting Lineup
Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Mirotic, Brook Lopez

Milwaukee Bucks NBA Form

DateFixtureQ1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal
2019.05.21 MIL
TOR
31
32
24
33
26
29
21
26
102
120
2019.05.19 MIL
TOR
21
30
30
28
24
19
21
19
16
22
112
118
2019.05.17 TOR
MIL
21
35
18
29
39
31
25
30
103
125
2019.05.15 TOR
MIL
34
23
25
28
24
25
17
32
100
108
2019.05.08 BOS
MIL
19
22
20
30
23
28
29
36
91
116
2019.05.06 MIL
BOS
22
30
25
19
33
23
33
29
113
101
2019.05.03 MIL
BOS
25
30
30
26
40
31
28
29
123
116
2019.04.30 BOS
MIL
30
25
25
34
18
39
29
25
102
123
2019.04.28 BOS
MIL
26
17
26
33
36
21
24
19
112
90
2019.04.22 MIL
DET
26
28
30
34
39
23
32
19
127
104
2019.04.20 MIL
DET
32
24
35
30
33
24
19
25
119
103
2019.04.17 DET
MIL
27
38
32
20
17
35
23
27
99
120
2019.04.14 DET
MIL
18
38
25
32
18
27
25
24
86
121
2019.04.10 OKC
MIL
29
31
39
27
30
31
29
27
127
116
2019.04.07 ATL
MIL
21
28
24
26
27
31
35
30
107
115
2019.04.06 BKN
MIL
34
26
32
39
42
31
25
32
133
128
2019.04.04 MIL
PHI
30
26
26
32
26
28
46
36
128
122
2019.04.01 MIL
BKN
35
20
24
34
32
35
40
32
131
121
2019.03.31 MIL
ATL
43
26
28
42
26
30
25
24
13
14
135
136
2019.03.28 LAC
MIL
25
28
21
39
31
33
41
28
118
128
2019.03.26 HOU
MIL
25
20
28
38
18
32
23
18
94
108
2019.03.24 CLE
MIL
27
32
28
36
22
22
28
37
105
127
2019.03.22 MIA
MIL
32
33
19
30
18
31
18
22
87
116
2019.03.20 MIL
CLE
24
30
23
28
34
23
21
26
102
107
2019.03.19 LAL
MIL
24
35
34
26
26
38
17
16
101
115
2019.03.17 PHI
MIL
31
28
31
25
27
29
41
43
130
125

The Money Line

Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.

Milwaukee Bucks to win @ 2.23 (123/100) with Unibet.
Toronto Raptors to win @ 1.76 (3/4) with Unibet.

Odds taken at 20:00 GMT 24/05/2019

Key Points

  • Toronto Raptors have won the last three games of this series
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 20.3 points per game in his last three games (lowest three-game average of his postseason)
  • The Raptors have won their last four home playoff games

Our Verdict and Best Bets

The Raptors were able to overcome a halftime deficit to come back and beat the Bucks in Game 5, setting up a huge Game 6 for both teams. The Bucks come into this game as the underdogs, but don’t let this scare you. Milwaukee will come out playing like a desperate team in Toronto on Saturday, which is likely to bring out the best in this Bucks team. Bettors should be considering placing a bet on the Bucks moneyline (+110) for the first quarter. Milwaukee will want and need a quick start, making a first quarter bet the perfect pick to take advantage of the top-seeded Bucks when they have their backs against the wall.

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