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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (18-12) at Milwaukee Bucks (12-18)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +3.5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSN, FSWI

The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks square off Saturday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

The Toronto Raptors hope to keep rolling after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 99.7 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.9 points and six assists. Luis Scola is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 14.2 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven road games. James Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson are questionable.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 12/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Milwaukee Bucks need a victory here after splitting their last 10 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 96.6 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 rebounds while greg Monroe is averaging 15.6 points and 9.5 rebounds. Khris Middleton is dishing 3.5 assists and Michael Carter-Williams is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. The Bucks are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won four of their last five home games.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. 

The Bucks have been playing well as of late at home and that defense may be slowly coming back to life. The Raptors are still the better team, but I like the value of the points here, especially with the Raptors having to be on the road for Christmas.

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Milwaukee Bucks +3.5

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