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The Toronto Raptors are hoping to even up the series against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 on Tuesday night. The Raptors took Game 2 on Sunday, 118-112 in double overtime.
Bucks looking to get back on track in Game 4
The Bucks headed into Game 3 with a sizeable advantage in the series against the Raptors, but things came back down a bit in the Raptors’ favor. Milwaukee suffered a disappointing loss in overtime on Sunday night with Toronto making key plays down the stretch in the contest. All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled a bit offensively in the game as he was able to post a double-double with 12 points and 23 rebounds but he had eight turnovers in the contest while fouling out in overtime. Despite his shortcomings on the court, the Bucks were nearly able to put out the win on the road and kept it close until the final couple of minutes of the overtime period with key plays from Kawhi Leonard proving to be the difference in the contest. The Bucks do have plenty of positives to take away from the game as the team had six players score in double figures with 44 combined points including six 3-pointers off the bench from George Hill and Malcolm Brogdon.
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) May 20, 2019
What is most encouraging about this entire game is that Bucks were able to stay in contention throughout despite their porous shooting from the floor as a team hitting 37.3 percent from the floor and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc while committing 20 turnovers. It is clear that the Bucks are the deeper and more steady team of the two as even an off night on the road they were able to possibly pull out a win. Game 4 is also set up for the chance to bounce back on Tuesday night with a strong effort to push the Bucks to the brink of reaching the NBA Finals. It will be a bit of a tougher effort for him with Leonard covering him, but it’s hard to imagine that he will have another performance where he commits eight turnovers. Meanwhile, Milwaukee’s balanced offensive attack should be poised for another solid outing with albeit more efficient shooting from the floor. All of this simply has the making for the Bucks to push forward for a crucial win on the road to move a step closer toward moving on.
Raptors need another collective performance in Game 4
The Raptors headed into Game 3 of the series with their backs against the wall responded in a major way with a double overtime win over the Bucks. This was once again led by the stellar play of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who had a game-high 36 points that included several key plays in overtime that gave Toronto the necessary separation to pull out the win on their home floor. Leonard has been their lone consistent factor on the floor offensively that was put on full display in Game 3 on Sunday night. The Bucks have had major issues keeping him contained as he has been the lone factor that has given them the chance to remain in the series where they have largely been outplayed. Marc Gasol was able to step it up with a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds along with seven assists and five blocks. It’s quite clear that it’s going to take much more than Leonard’s play to lead them to the NBA Finals.
"This is playoff basketball." – Kawhi Leonard
52 Min | 36 Pts | 9 Rebs | 5 Asts | 2 Stl pic.twitter.com/QRaN94eAns
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 20, 2019
This has seen standout forward Pascal Siakam struggle to make a consistent impact on the game offensively as he has had performances on both ends of the spectrum. It was more of a positive outing as he posted a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds in the contest. This is coming off a quiet performance in Game 2 where he had just eight points. The difference moving forward in the series will be the need for strong supporting production behind Leonard as he has been the only contest for the Raptors. This is certainly why they are in the position of trailing in the series heading into Game 4 of the series. The Bucks’ balanced offensive attack has put plenty of pressure on the Raptors to match that strong level of production. If they are unable to do just that on their home floor this could quite easily turn to them heading back to Milwaukee on the verge of elimination.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games ag. Eastern Conference.
- Bucks are 8-0 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games.
- Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against Atlantic division opponents.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Raptors were able to pull out a much-needed win in Game 3, but it needed another huge performance from Leonard. It is also a chance for the Bucks to bounce back after their shortcomings on Sunday with a strong collective performance. Given how they have played through this point in the series, this is shaping up toward them moving a step closer to reaching the NBA Finals.
Prediction: Milwaukee -2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
These two teams have a pair of the league’s most balanced offensive attacks. This should see that on display once again with it being a pivotal game in the series. Keep in mind, the over is also 7-3 in the last 10 meetings between both squads.
Prediction: Over 216