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Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks players are having probably their best season ever. They play as one, show great potential and are simply unstoppable. It’s easy to say that the form they are playing in is way better than any team in the whole NBA. However, the Raptors showed this season that they can beat anyone so we can certainly expect a great game. Note that this season these teams played twice and both games were won by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee Bucks

As many predicted, the Milwaukee Bucks are simply amazing this season. They are at the top of the eastern conference table and each and every game they’ve played has been highly entertaining to watch. From the 37 games they’ve played so far, they’ve only lost 10 and they have 27 impressive wins. For this game they face a tough opponent, even at home, but their home games are usually even more impressive. They have won 18 home games and lost only 3 which is quite astonishing form to have. Last game was truly something. They faced Atlanta Hawks at the Fiserv Forum and scored 144 points throughout the game. They showed all round team play and support and the fact that the highest scoring player had only 19 points speaks for itself.

Milwaukee Bucks Home NBA Form

04.01.2019 WIN Milwaukee Bucks 144 – 112 Hawks
01.01.2019 WIN Milwaukee Bucks 121 – 98 Pistons
29.12.2018 WIN Milwaukee Bucks 129 – 115 Nets
27.12.2018 WIN Milwaukee Bucks 112 – 96 Knicks
19.12.2018 WIN Milwaukee Bucks 123 – 115 Pelicans

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors are not that far behind in the Eastern Conference table as they take up second place, right behind the Bucks. Although they’ve played 40 games so far, they have 28 wins and only 12 losses. The previous game they played was an away game and they were defeated by the Spurs. Yet another trip awaits the Raptors, but this time at Milwaukee. Their hope is to win this one and take up first place again. In order to do that they will need to push hard and score as much points as they possibly can (sounds obvious, but true for this team!). The bad news for the Raptors heading into this game is the injury reports for Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas as both are looking to miss this top table fight.

Toronto Raptors Away NBA Form

03.01.2019 LOSS Spurs 125 – 107 Toronto Raptors
28.12.2018 LOSS Magic 116 – 87 Toronto Raptors
26.12.2018 WIN Heat 104 – 106 Toronto Raptors
22.12.2018 LOSS 76ers 126 – 101 Toronto Raptors
16.12.2018 LOSS Nuggets 95 – 86 Toronto Raptors

The Money Line

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

Milwaukee Bucks to win @ 1.41 (41/100) with Guts Sports.
Toronto Raptors to win @ 3.30 (23/10) with William Hill.

Odds taken at 12:00 GMT 04/01/2019

Our Verdict and Best Bets

The Bucks head into this game as the favorites to win. The home advantage is on their side, the odds are on their side, the injuries the Raptors face, are on their side. Everything is as it should be when speaking for the Bucks. It’s safe to say that any Bucks player can shine this game but the eyes should be set on Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez this game. On the other hand, the Raptors play much worse when playing without Kyle Lowry. That does not mean that the chance the rest of the team won’t be seized upon. We can expect to see great performance from Kawhi Leonard and the experienced Serge Ibaka. However, if the Raptors really want to win and surprise everyone, they will have to put a tremendous team effort. This game is going to be one of the most watched games this season as a top of the table derby clash, and we’ll all be hoping for a joyful 48 minutes of basketball for everyone.

Point Spread, Bucks -6 @ 1.83 (5/6) with William Hill.

Total Points, Over 222 @ 1.83 (5/6) with Unibet.

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