The third-seeded Toronto Raptors will take the first step toward getting back to the Eastern Conference Finals at the very least when they host the upstart sixth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in an intriguing first round Eastern Conference matchup that features a trio of all-star performers.
Now let’s find out which NBA squad will advance their odds at winning the 2017 NBA Title.
No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks Vs No. 3 Toronto Raptors Playoff Game 1 Odds, Pick & Betting Preview
Toronto is a 6.5-point home favorite when this game goes down on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET, live from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario while airing live on ESPN. Happy hunting.
When: Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM ET
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Spread: Toronto -6.5
Why Bet The Milwaukee Bucks Odds at +6.5
The Bucks are a good bet to cover the spread in Game 1 seeing as how they beat Toronto 101-94 the last time they met on March 4 to cash in as a 1-point home favorite that day. Milwaukee also has a genuine superstar in still-blossoming, do-it-all forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (22.9 ppg, 5.4 apg, 8.7 rpg) and hit the postseason playing decent basketball by winning two of their final three regular season games and seven of their last nine overall. Milwaukee is also the better shooting team and has the edge in bench production. Last but certainly not least, the Bucks are one of the better defensive teams in the league after finishing the regular season ranked ninth in points allowed (103.8 ppg).
Why Bet The Toronto Raptors Odds at -6.5
The Raptors are a great bet in this contest seeing as how they hit the postseason with some impressive momentum after winning four straight and six of seven to close out the regular season. Toronto also has a pair of all-stars in point guard Kyle Lowry (22.4 ppg) and DeMar DeRozan (27.3 ppg) and a trio of very good frontcourt players in Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll. The Raptors also took three of four from Milwaukee during the regular season and recorded a solid 28-13 SU mark at home.
Bucks Vs Raptors Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I love Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (who doesn’t), but the fact of the matter is that Milwaukee doesn’t have much postseason experience and can often have some seriously perplexing possessions while Toronto is a much smarter team and has the huge edge in experience having reached the conference finals a year ago where they took two games off of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Bucks are a dismal 1-5 ATS in their last six meetings against the Raptors and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record while Toronto has gone 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against teams from the Central Division and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record.
Fueled by what will surely be an emotional arena, Toronto gets the win and narrow ATS cover against the mostly inexperienced Bucks.
My final score prediction is Toronto 103 Milwaukee 95