6:05 pm
December 9

Bucks @ Raptors

Who will WIN this matchup?

Milwaukee Bucks (16-8)

@ Toronto Raptors (21-6)


Current odds:

Milwaukee Bucks: (+170)

Toronto Raptors: (-200)


 The line for this game is Raptors by 4.5 points.

• The Milwaukee Bucks are running into a tough spot in the schedule with a game against the defending champions followed by a date against the team with the best record in the NBA. The Bucks will try to ensure only one of those contests turns into a loss when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Milwaukee could not find a way around the Golden State Warriors at home on Friday and suffered a 105-95 loss while shooting 39.1 percent from the floor and 17.9 percent from beyond the arc. “Obviously, the season is not over based on this one game,” Milwaukee center Brook Lopez told ESPN. “If we won the game, we wouldn’t have necessarily won the championship. We lost. It’s not the end of our season, but it’s definitely a good learning experience.”

• The Raptors are coming off a poor performance of their own after shooting 39.3 percent in a 106-105 overtime loss at the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Toronto dropped two of its last three games following an eight-game winning streak and suffered its first loss of the season 124-109 at Milwaukee on Oct. 29.

• Milwaukee’s 95 points on Friday marked a season low and the first time it failed to reach the century mark this season. “Offensively, I think we can be better,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. “We didn’t move very well or play with very much force. Just we weren’t very good tonight offensively. But I think you have to give their defense credit. They make things difficult on you. I think we’ll learn from both ends of the court.” Small forward Khris Middleton went 4-of-14 from the floor in the loss and is 7-of-25 over his last two contests.

• All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry went 1-of-8 from the floor in Friday’s setback and is 8-of-37 over his last four games. “I don’t have any excuses to make, I’m just not playing well,” Lowry told reporters. “It’s as simple as that. I’m a player that – I have to play better. I hold myself to a high standard and the organization holds me to a high standard, and I have to play better. As a leader of the team, I have to figure out how to play a lot better offensively.” Lowry is 5-of-27 from beyond the arc over his last four contests but totaled 38 assists in that span.

• The Bucks completed a three-team trade on Friday that brought in veteran PG George Hill from Cleveland while sending away PG Matthew Dellavedova and C John Henson.

• Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 25 points on 19-of-28 shooting over the last two games.

• Milwaukee pulled off a 122-119 overtime victory in its last trip to Toronto on Feb. 23.

StreakSmarter Pick
Toronto Raptors