Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors / NBA – Two best teams in the Eastern Conference will meet in the conference final and, we would add, fully deservedly. Due to better score in the regular season the Bucks will enjoy the home-field advantage in first two games. The two teams met four times in the regular season and the Bucks won three times.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors begins 16.05.2019 at 02:30 CET
Milwaukee reached the final of the Eastern Conference over dead bodies of the Pistons (4-0) and Celtics (4-1), meaning they are well rested before facing the Canadian team. The Bucks function like a well oiled machine and are definitely a favourite to reach the NBA final. They lost the first semi-final game with Houston at home 90-112 but then they furiously won four games in a row and eliminated Irving and his teammates. Start no. 1 in the team is Antetokounmpo, who will be the first option in the Bucks attack.
He averages in the play-off 27.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He gets great assistance from Middleton who scores 18.1 points and had 6.1 rebound and 4.3 assists in the play-off. Mirotic will be important player against Toronto, from whom we expect efficiency in attack. We still wait for Bledsoe to wake-up who, just like Lowry in Toronto, has problem with offensive performances. It is important that young Brogdon has recovered and is ready to play.
Probable lineups Milwaukee Bucks: Bledsoe (Brogdon), Middleton, Antetokounmpo, Mirotic, Lopez
Leonard knock-down the 76ers with an incredible shoot in the last second and with it has lead his team to the final of Eastern Conference. In that way the Raptors become the first team in play-off history who won the series thanks to points scored in the last second of Game 7. Realistically, Toronto deserves the final, although the Sixers also showed that have team worth the very top. Leonard plays incredible in the play-off and he averaged in two series 31.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
We should pay attention on power forward Siakam (24.3 points and 10 rebounds per game on average) who might guard Antetokounmpo in the series. That could be the key duel alongside the one between Leonard and Middleton. Toronto needs better Lowry and we will say just that Toronto’s guard had shooting for three points in four games with the Bucks in the regular season at mere 1/20! Gasol and Lopez have similar statistic but the two of them can hardly be important for the end result (we expect that Ibaka be more relevant for making the difference)
Probable lineups Toronto Raptors: Lowry, Green, Leonard, Siakam, Gasol
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Both teams are led by coaches for whom this is the first season with their respective teams. Still, it seems they have put the things in the best possible way and we expect an excellent series. Both teams are in NBA Top 5 in attack and defence so every forecast is a ungrateful job. The Bucks are more rested although it can be double edged sword (they lost to Boston in that way). In any case, we expect open and efficient game, as the two teams prefer to play in that way.
Pick: over 218 points
Odds: 1.90 at 888sport (down to 1.83 can be played)
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