Raptors vs. Bucks - 11/21/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (7-5) at Toronto Raptors (9-2)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, TSN
The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors play Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Milwaukee Bucks have all of a sudden won five of their last six games and looking like that surprise team in the East. The Bucks are getting the job done on the defensive side, holding teams to 96.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting. The Milwaukee Bucks are 5-2 this season when holding a team under 100 points. Offensively, Milwaukee is averaging 96.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Brandon Knight leads the way with 17.9 points per game on 42.2 percent shooting, and Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 12.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. O.J. Mayo is 10-23 from the field in his last two games and rookie Jabari Parker has 48 points and 18 rebounds in his last three contests. The Bucks are looking sharp and are likely hungry for a statement win. Larry Sanders is probable despite a thigh injury.
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The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last eight games and are playing extremely well at both ends of the court. Overall, the Raptors are averaging 105.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting and are allowing 96 points on 46 percent shooting. The Raptors are 6-0 this season when holding their opponent under 100 points. DeMar DeRozan leads Toronto with 21.2 points on 41.8 percent shooting and Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 assists. Terrence Ross is 8-19 from the field in his last two games and Jonas Valanciunas has 27 points and 19 rebounds in his last two contests. Right now, the Toronto Raptors look like the best team in the East and will likely only get better as this team continues to jell together.
The Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 vs. NBA Central and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 Friday games. The Bucks are 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Toronto and 12-4-1 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall.
The Milwaukee Bucks may be the most underrated team in the NBA right now with their defensive efforts leading the way and Knight turning into a polished offensive player. The Bucks have played the Raptors well over the years and this may be the best Milwaukee team we’ve seen in a while. Give me the Bucks and the truckload of points.