Milwaukee Bucks (10-6) at Toronto Raptors (7-10)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors +6 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks pay a visit to the Toronto Raptors at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been in decent form this season as they’ve won 10 of their first 16 games and they will be looking to build some momentum after stopping a two-game skid with a 129-115 win over the Hawks on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 27 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists, Bobby Portis scored 21 points off the bench, Khris Middleton scored 19 points with eight rebounds and seven assists while Jrue Holiday chipped in with 15 points and five assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 54 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to an early 17-point lead in the first quarter, before pouring in 35 points in the fourth quarter to make it a blowout.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in good form as they’ve won five of their past seven games, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their two-game win streak halted by the Pacers in a 129-114 road loss on Monday. Fred VanVleet led the team with 25 points and six assists, Norman Powell added 24 points with six assists while OG Anunoby chipped in with 10 points. As a team, the Raptors shot just 40 percent from the field and 14 of 38 from the 3-point line as they clawed back into the contest with 37 points in the third quarter to trail by just one point after three quarters, before getting blown out in the fourth quarter by 31-17. Kyle Lowry scored just 12 points on two of 11 shooting, while Chris Boucher scored just nine points on three of 12 shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Raptors are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the under is 5-0 in the last five meetings overall and the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Raptors could once again be shorthanded for this one as Pascal Siakam is currently listed as questionable with some swelling in his left knee. The Bucks haven’t been at their absolute best lately as you feel they have plenty of room for improvement, but they’ve been making light work of the lesser teams to keep them near the top of the standings. This one is tough to pick, but with the Raptors shorthanded and Lowry in a bit of a shooting slump, I’m taking the Bucks to escape with the win here.