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Milwaukee Vs Toronto Line & Pick

Milwaukee Vs Toronto Game 2 Line & Pick

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.

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.

NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 2 Best Bets

NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 2 Best Bets

What a wild NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 1 weekend. No time for me to rest on my laurels, though. There are some dynamite Game 2 match ups. I’ve gone ahead and chosen the 3 games that present the best opportunity to win.

On Tuesday, can Toronto bounce back from their Game 1 loss to Milwaukee in Ontario, Canada? Then, on Wednesday, can Atlanta prevent from going 0-2 versus home team Washington? Also on Wednesday, will NBA Championship favorite Golden State drive to a commanding 2 to 0 lead over tough Portland?

2017 NBA Playoff Round 1 Game 2 Best Bets

Milwaukee at Toronto -7.5
When:  Tuesday, April 18 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Air Canada Center, Toronto, ON
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: Milwaukee was terrific versus the Toronto Raptors in Game 1. The Bucks outscored the Raptors 51 to 32 in the second half. Giannis Antetonkounmpo was great when scoring 28 points, but the other Bucks also stepped it up.

Matthew Dellavedova scored 11. Greg Monroe dropped 14. Khris Middleton had 10. Tony Snell scored 11, and Malcolm Brogdon dropped 16. The Bucks played as a team. That’s why they beat Toronto 97 to 83.

It’s tough for me to see Milwaukee playing the same way on Tuesday night. The Bucks can fall apart at times. Plus, Milwaukee got lucky when holding Toronto PG Kyle Lowry to only 4 points. Lowry figures to be much more aggressive versus the Bucks on Tuesday night.

I believe that Toronto beats Milwaukee by at least 10 points. I think Milwaukee bounces while Toronto picks it up on the offensive end.

Pick: Toronto -7.5

Atlanta at Washington -5.5
When:  Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 pm ET
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
TV: NBA TV

Analysis: Washington finally got their offense going. The Wizards entered the NBA Playoffs on a 4-game losing streak. They turned it around big time versus Atlanta in Game 1.

The Wizards had 6 players score in double-figures. John Wall dished 14 assists and scored 32 points. Bradley Beal scored 22. Markieff Morris scored 21.

What’s more important is that the Wizards held Atlanta center Dwight Howard to only 7 points. Howard grabbed 14 boards, but Atlanta needs Dwight to dominate inside. He didn’t in Game 1 on either side of the court because Washington’s Marcin Gortat grabbed 10 boards and scored 14 points.

Although Washington looked good covering the spread, I believe Atlanta bounces back in Game 2. A few adjustments could give Atlanta the straight up win.

Pick: Atlanta

Portland at Golden State -15.5
When:  Wednesday, April 19 at 10:30 pm ET
Where: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA
TV: TNT

Analysis: The Portland Trailblazers hung with Golden State up until the 4th quarter. That’s when things imploded for Portland. The Warriors outscored Portland 33 to 21 in the 4th.

But, Golden State didn’t cover a -15-point spread in their 121 to 109 Game 1 win. In fact, the Warriors are 2 and 3 ATS versus Portland this season. They’ve gone 0-3 versus the Blazers the last 3 times that they’ve faced Portland.

I believe in Rip City. I’m siding with the Trailblazers to cover the spread.

Pick: Portland +15.5

MLB Free Plays April 17-23

MLB Free Plays April 17-23

It’s early in the season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make smarter MLB picks.

While some hot starts have faded, others have continued, and a few slow starts have teams wondering if the playoffs are still a viable option. Let’s get started.

On Wednesday, Cleveland travels to Minnesota. Can Cleveland take down the AL Central rival Twins in ESPN’s Wednesday nationally televised battle? On Saturday, who wins in what could be a pitcher’s duel between Washington’s Gio Gonzalez and the New York Mets’ Matt Harvey? Sunday’s most interesting game has Boston traveling to Baltimore. Who wins when those two AL East squads throw down?

MLB Free Plays April 17-23

Cleveland at Minnesota
When:  Wednesday, April 19 at 8:00 pm ET
Where: Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
TV: ESPN
Listed Pitchers: CLE-Trevor Bauer vs MIN-Adalberto Mejia

Analysis: So far, Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer has been horrendous this season. Bauer has an 8.44 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. He’s allowed 10 runs off 15 hits in only 10.2 innings pitched. Bauer doesn’t have control of his pitches yet.

That’s good news for Twins fans, right? Maybe. Twins pitcher Adalberto Mejia wasn’t much better than Bauer in his first start of the season on April 8. Mejia lasted 1.2 innings versus the Chicago White Sox. He gave up 2 earned runs off 2 hits.

But in his second game versus the White Sox, Mejia pitched well. He lasted 5 innings. Allowed only a single earned run off 4 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4. Minnesota lost 1 to 2 to Chicago.

I think the Twins have better luck against Cleveland on Wednesday. Bauer and the Indians should be favorites. I’m siding with the home dog.

Pick: Minnesota

Washington at New York Mets
When:  Saturday, April 22 at 4:05 pm ET
Where: Citi Field New York, NY
Listed Pitchers: WAS-Gio Gonzalez vs NYM-Matt Harvey

Analysis: Last season, it took Gio Gonzalez a while to get his best pitches going. Not so this season. In 20.1 innings pitched, Gonzalez has a 1.77 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and 15 strike-outs. The Mets bat .248 versus Gio.

Versus Matt “ The Dark Knight” Harvey, the Washington Nationals bat .231. Harvey has a .245 ERA to go along with 15 strikeouts and a fantastic .98 WHIP in 17.2 innings pitched. I believe that Harvey pitches well this Saturday.

But, I still like Washington. In Harvey’s last start, the Mets lost 2 to 4 to Miami. It was a no-decision for The Dark Knight because he left the game when it was tied 2 to 2.

I think Washington’s relievers, and Washington’s electric bats, bail out Gio if he gets into any trouble on Saturday.

Pick: Washington

Boston at Baltimore
When:  Sunday, April 23 at 1:35 pm ET
Where: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Listed Pitchers: BOS-Eduardo Rodriguez vs BAL–Ubaldo Jimenez

Analysis: Baltimore listed starter Ubaldo Jimenez has a 10.38 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP. He’s only pitched 8.1 innings so far this season. What’s strange is that although Ubaldo has been terrible in 2 starts so far in 2017, the Orioles have won both games where he’s started.

The O’s beat the Yankees 6 to 5 on April 7 even though Jimenez allowed 5 home runs on 7 hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Baltimore beat Boston 12 to 5 on April 12 even though Jimenez allowed 5 earned runs from 8 hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Will lightning strike twice for Ubaldo and the O’s versus the Red Sox?

I don’t think so. Baltimore bats .239 versus Boston’s scheduled starter Eduardo Rodriguez. I like the Red Sox on the run line unless they’re getting 1.5 runs in which case I’ll bet Boston on the moneyline.

Pick: Boston