Monday’s Sports BIT Show: Bucks-Raptors, Wizards-Hawks & Warriors-Blazers

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No. 6 Milwaukee Bucks at No. 3 Toronto Raptors
This series shifts back to Canada on Monday with it tied at 2; both clubs have split in their first two home games. The Raptors looked feeble in their Game 3 loss in Wisconsin but turned up the defense in an 87-76 win in Game 4 on Saturday. DeMar DeRozan, who was 0-for-8 from the field in Game 3, bounced back in a big way with 33 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. "I'm never too high, I'm never too low. I kept a level head. I knew lighting wasn't going to strike twice in the same place," he said after. Toronto played terrific defense with 11 steals and six blocks. The losing team in three games of this series has scored 83 points or fewer. The pressure shifts back to the Bucks, and they’ll need more from their duo of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton as they were just a combined 10-for-32 shooting in Game 4 with 11 turnovers. Toronto is -6 on NBA odds at SBR’s top sportsbooks.

No. 5 Washington Wizards at No. 4 Atlanta Hawks
The Wizards leads this series 2-1, but Atlanta stole momentum with a 116-98 Game 3 victory. Paul Millsap scored 29 points and Dennis Schroder had 27. The Hawks’ frontcourt of Millsap, Taurean Prince and Dwight Howard combined for 50 points and 29 rebounds. Washington’s frontcourt trio of Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat, meanwhile, had just a combined 18 points and 16 rebounds. Atlanta took control almost from the get go, was up 18 in the first quarter and never let it get closer than 14 the rest of the way. The Wizards aren’t going to win many games when Bradley Beal is 6-for-20 from long range and 0-for-6 on 3-pointers. Washington was outscored by 26 points when he was on the court. The Hawks are -3 for Game 4.

No. 1 Golden State Warriors at No. 8 Portland Trail Blazers
Golden State can join Cleveland as the only teams to sweep their first-round series with a victory on Monday night. The Warriors will do so without Coach Steve Kerr. He’s dealing with some back complications from surgery and missed Game 3 as well. Assistant Mike Brown took over and the Warriors overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to win 119-113 and go up 3-0 in the series. Kerr missed the first 43 games in the 2015-16 season because of those back problems but hadn’t missed any this season. Will the Warriors have Kevin Durant? He’s questionable with a calf injury after missing the previous two games. Portland got back center Jusuf Nurkic from a broken leg for Game 3, and he had two points, 11 rebounds and four assists in nearly 17 minutes of action. However, Nurkic complained of soreness after and will miss Game 4. The Warriors are 7-point favorites to finish things off.

 

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