Battle of the Undefeated: Raptors Invade Milwaukee on Monday Night

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Swinging Johnson

Sunday, October 28, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 3:38 PM UTC

Last season’s Eastern Conference regular season champs are once again in familiar territory atop the East and will take on the only other undefeated team in the league when they travel to Milwaukee on Monday night.

 

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee BucksMonday, 8 p.m. ET (NBA TV)Free NBA Pick: Bucks ATSBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Raptors will have had two days to prepare for their showdown with the Bucks after defeating the Mavericks 116-107 on Friday night. The victory notched a franchise record, reeling off six straight wins to start the season, while Kyle Lowry added 20 points and a dozen assists. Speaking of Lowry, he has now recorded at least 10 assists in four consecutive games, a career best for the 12-year veteran. Kawhi Leonard, the big fish that Toronto caught in exchange for DeMar DeRozan et al, added 20 against Dallas and leads the team in scoring with an average of 26.6 points per game. Despite the fact that Toronto dominated throughout most of the game, it was not enough to get the cover as 11-point home chalk and was a money burner for all those who backed the Raps in their NBA picks on Friday night.

The Milwaukee Bucks last took the court on Saturday night and, like their opponents on Monday night, claimed their sixth straight win with a 113-91 win over the Magic and are now 4-2 ATS on the season. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 21 points to lead all scorers despite a season low 19 minutes of action. The Greek Freak crashed to the floor, courtesy of an elbow to the head from Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, in the first quarter and underwent concussion protocol during halftime and throughout much of the second half. It doesn’t appear Antetokounmpo is in any danger of missing this clash of Eastern Conference supremacy against the Raptors.

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Malcolm Brogdon scored 16 points and grabbed 4 boards in 30 minutes tonight!! #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/6fLRsqAW0A

— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) October 28, 2018
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The last time these teams met, the Bucks outlasted the Raptors 122-119 in overtime and in Toronto as seven-point road dogs according to the NBA odds board. Toronto captured two of three from Milwaukee last season but covered the number just once. Monday night will be the first meeting of these Eastern Conference contenders but the Bucks appear to be more seasoned, with Eric Bledsoe now having nearly a full year with the club, and deeper with first-round draft pick Donte DiVincenzo growing into his role as evidenced by his career high 15 points in only 18 minutes against the Magic.

The Bucks appear to be the strong side in this matchup due a few factors including their superiority on the glass. Milwaukee is the No. 1 ranked team in rebounds, averaging 55.3 per game, while the Raptors check in at No. 9. The Bucks seem to do everything just a little bit better and let’s also not forget that the Raptors could very well be looking ahead to their Tuesday night meeting with another Eastern Conference power, the Philadelphia 76ers. On the other hand, the Bucks will have until Thursday before they suit up again which allows them to focus exclusively on Toronto. Let’s also check out the trends working in the Toronto’s favor:

  • Bucks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
  • Bucks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
  • Bucks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points.
  • Bucks are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
  • Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Central.

Back the Bucks on Monday night.

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