Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/22/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (52-33) at Milwaukee Bucks (44-41)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -2 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 at the Bradley Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Milwaukee Bucks were able to reclaim control of the series with a 104-77 win over the Raptors in Game 3 on Thursday. Khris Middleton led the scoring with 20 points and seven assists, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 19 points while Greg Monroe chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Bucks shot a healthy 52 percent from the field and 12 of 23 from the three-point line but you can credit this win to their level of intensity they showed as they dominated the Raptors by 32-12 in the first quarter and never looked back. In fact, the Bucks actually led by as many as 34 points late in the third quarter before taking their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors will be going back to the drawing board after coming out flat and getting blown out in Game 3 on Thursday. Kyle Lowry and Delon Wright scored 13 points each, Norman Powell added 12 points while Jonas Valanciunas chipped in with 11 points, but no other player finished in double figures as the Raptors shot just 33 percent from the field and six of 22 from the three-point line. The Raptors need more scoring from DeMar DeRozan who scored just eight points despite shooting zero of eight from the field and Serge Ibaka scored just six points after scoring a combined 35 points in the first two games of the series.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a loss. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last six Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings and the favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings. The under is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Milwaukee.
The Bucks came out firing in Game 3 and took the game away from the Raptors early to take control of the series. I'm expecting the Raptors to bounce back with a better performance, but I think the Bucks have their number now so I'm backing them to pull away late to get the win and cover.