Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 1/1/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (19-15) at Toronto Raptors (24-10)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -6 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, Sportsnet One
The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors meet Monday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for a big victory after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 104.8 points on 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.1 points and 10.4 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.5 points and 4.4 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 110.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 102.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.1 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 15.9 points and 7.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 11 straight home games.
The Bucks are 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Atlantic and 1-8-3 ATS in their last 12 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Central and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The favorite is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to be hit or miss and have a lot more misses than hits on the road this season. The Toronto Raptors have been covering machines as of late and are outscoring clubs by 13.3 points on their home court. The Raptors have also won four of the last five meetings against the Bucks. I have to lay the reasonable number with Toronto at home, as the Bucks simply aren't playing well enough to trust right now.