The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet Friday in game two of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the Fiserv Forum.
The Toronto Raptors have another chance to steal home court before heading to Canada for game three. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.8 points and 8.5 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 20.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. Kyle Lowry is the third double-digit scorer and Serge Ibaka is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last six road games.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for another home win to take a solid 2-0 series lead. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 116 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 101.4 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.1 points and 11.6 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 18.3 points and 6.5 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and George Hill is dishing 3.1 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.8 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won five of their last six home games.
The Raptors are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 35-16-1 ATS in their last 52 games playing on 1 days rest and 40-18-2 ATS in their last 60 games overall. The Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bucks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The under is 11-3 in Raptors last 14 overall.
The Toronto Raptors have covered six of their last nine games as an underdog. The Milwaukee Bucks have covered seven of their last eight games as a favorite.
The Toronto Raptors had their chances to steal game one, but they completely fell apart in the fourth quarter where they were outscored by 15 points. What hurts about that loss for Toronto is that it was probably the best playoff game of Lowry’s career, and you know you’re not getting 10-15 shooting with seven threes again. The Milwaukee Bucks got stronger as the game went on, which was probably the rust being chipped away, and they’re certainly capable of playing a lot better offensively than they did despite the eight-point victory. Usually when you have a chance to steal home court and don’t cash, it comes back to bite you. I’ll again lay the points with the Bucks at home.