Could Bucks Be In Danger Of A Slow Start In Game 1?

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:50 PM UTC

Wednesday, May. 15, 2019 6:50 PM UTC

The two best teams in the Eastern Conference are set to meet for Game 1 on Wednesday. What should we expect from this game and how can we profit from the results?
<div><div><p style="text-align:right"><em>Jordan’s NBA Picks: 78-58-1, Playoffs 24-20-1</em></p></div><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Toronto (66-28 SU &amp; 44-48 ATS) at Milwaukee (68-23 SU &amp; 55-33 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday, 8:30 PM EST, TNT</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="" target="_blank">1H Under</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=Heritage" target="_blank">Heritage</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3795285, "sportsbooksIds":[169,19,238,1096,999996], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":2}[/]</p><p>There might not be anyone on the Raptors that can stop Giannis Antetokounmpo, even Kawhi Leonard. However, the Bucks have had a ton of time off in between the end of the second round and the start of the Eastern Conference Finals. Will that have an effect on their play in Game 1?</p><h2>Can Toronto Shock Milwaukee?</h2><p><a href="" target="_blank">These two teams match up so well</a> that it’s definitely hard to pick a winner. They both have a ton of depth and they know how to use it. Both teams are outstanding defensively and both teams have a player worthy of being a Finals MVP.</p><p>With that in mind, the scoring for this one might be limited. If both teams are well-rested and have their defenses engaged, we might be in for a lower scoring first game.</p><p>The trouble for that is the Bucks’ lightning-fast pace, which they have used quite effectively this postseason against teams more accustomed to playing halfcourt defense. Toronto is better equipped to slow down the Bucks’ pace than any tea Milwaukee has faced so far, but if the Raptors are unsuccessful in slowing down the pace of this game, they might be in for a long night.</p><p>While the second half will be where the game is won, the first half is where the tone is set for the rest of the game.</p><h2>The Sharp Pick</h2><p>Toronto has the best first half defense of any team this postseason, holding their opponents to just 100.5 points per 100 possessions in the first 24 minutes.</p><p>Milwaukee is right behind them in that metric with a 101.1 first half defensive rating in the playoffs.</p><p>Considering the Raptors’ struggles though, in Game 1’s in the recent past, it’s hard to trust them in the first quarter or half, although I am a bit tempted.</p><p>With that said however, the safer play here is <a href="" target="_blank">the under with the first half total sitting at 108 ½. You can even get the number at 109</a>. If the Bucks are sloppy early in the game, it might be just enough to keep both teams from getting past the low 50s.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Wow. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Since 2005, per &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Bet_Labs&lt;/a&gt;, home teams in Game 1 of the Conference Finals are 11-17 ATS, and 6-12 with 4 days off or more headed in. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Bucks are -6.5 in Game 1.&lt;/p&gt;— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;May 14, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>First Half Score Prediction: Raptors 51 – Bucks 54</strong></p></div>
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