The Milwaukee Bucks dominated Game 1 of their first-round NBA playoffs series against the Toronto Raptors, winning 97-83. Can the upstart Bucks make it two in a row?
The Las Vegas NBA Playoff oddsmakers don’t think so after listed the as 7.5-point betting favorites. Tip-off is this Tuesday, April 18th at 7:00 PM ET on NBA TV from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
FEAR THE DEER! @Bucks upset the Raptors 97-83 to take Game 1 for the 1-0 series lead
— FOX Sports: NBA (@HoopsOnFOX) April 16, 2017
Milwaukee Bucks Vs Toronto Raptors Line & Betting Advice
What: Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) vs Toronto Raptors (51-31)
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Toronto, ON
Stadium: ir Canada Centre
Spread: Raptors -7.5
Moneyline: Milwaukee +280 vs Toronto -350
Game Total: 193
Watch: NBA TV
Stream: NBA Game Pass
Listen: Milwaukee vs Toronto
Why Bet The Milwaukee Bucks To Beat The Raptors
The Milwaukee Bucks finished the regular season with a 42-40 SU and 36-44-2 ATS record this season. The Bucks averaged 103.6 points per game (20th) and allow 103.8 points per game (9th).
In Game 1, the Bucks shot 44.7% from the field and 39.1% from three point land . They shot 37.0% from the field (4th) during the regular season and 37.0% from beyond the arc (10th). Leading the way in game one was SF Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9 PPG & 8.8 RPG) who shot 13-18 from the field, scoring 28 points and pulling down eight rebounds. SG Malcolm Brogdon (10.2 PPG & 4.2 APG) added 16 points and six rebounds.
"It’s big for us, but now we have to focus on Game 2," Antetokounmpo said. "We know they’re going to be more desperate."
Milwaukee averages 40.4 rebounds (29th) and 24.2 assists per game (5th). Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team in the regular season with 8.8 rebounds and 1.64 steals.
Why Bet The Toronto Raptors To Beat The Bucks
The Toronto Raptors ended the regular season with a 51-31 SU and 41-39-2 ATS record. The Raptors averaged 106.9 points per game (10th) and give up 102.6 points per game (8th). This is the fourth consecutive year that Toronto bizarrrely has lost Game 1 of the first round. Do they have the mettle to bounce back and tie the series?
The Raptors opened the series shooting 36.0% from the field in Game 1, the lowest of all playoff teams so far. They also were dead last in three point shooting percentage with 21.7%. Compare that with their regular season numbers. 46.4% from the field (11th) and 37.0% from beyond the arc (3rd).
SG DeMar DeRozan (27.3 PPG & 5.2 RPG) had a perdestrian game for his standards, scoring 27 points going 7-21 from the field. PG Kyle Lowry (22.4 PPG & 7.0 APG) had another awful playoff showing going 2-11 from the field and 0-6 from beyond the arc. He finished with four points.
"Our second half was just abysmal," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "We didn’t play with any pace, any rhythm, any movement. You keep playing that way, it’s always going to bite you in the behind and that’s what happened to us tonight."
Toronto average 43.3 rebounds per game (18th) and 18.5 assists (30th). C Jonas Valanciunas led the team with 9.5 rebounds per game during the regular season and SF DeMarre Carroll was tops with 1.11 steals.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Bucks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog of 5.0-10.5.
- Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
Milwaukee Vs Toronto Expert ATS Pick
Bucks rookies Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker are proving that betting on Milwaukee to beat Toronto is a smart play.
I am betting the Bucks to cover the spread.