Toronto Raptors (12-15) at Milwaukee Bucks (16-11)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -5.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks do battle at the Fiserv Forum on Tuesday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in good form as they’ve won five of their past eight games, but they will be hoping to put an end to a two-game skid after falling just short against the Timberwolves in a 116-112 home loss on Sunday. Kyle Lowry le the team with 24 points on six of 12 shooting, Norman Powell and Fred VanVleet each scored 22 points while Pascal Siakam chipped in with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. As a team, the Raptors shot just 41 percent from the field and 10 of 33 from the 3-point line as they fought hard to take a narrow lead into halftime, before getting blown out in the third quarter where the Timberwolves took control with a pivotal 17-2 run.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been in decent shape as they’ve won seven of their past 12 games and they will be hoping to stop a three-game skid after getting stopped by the Thunder in a 114-109 road loss on Sunday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with a triple-double of 24 points with 17 rebounds and 10 assists, Khris Middleton added 23 points on 10 of 22 shooting, Bobby Portis scored 21 points off the bench while Donte DiVincenzo chipped in with 17 points on six of 10 shooting. As a team, the Bucks shot 46 percent from the field and 13 of 38 from the 3-point line as they poured in 40 points in the third quarter to rally back from a 12-point deficit, only to slip late in the fourth quarter where the Thunder went on a pivotal 12-4 run to steal the game.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last four games playing on one days’ rest. The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last seven home games following a road trip of seven or more days and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss.
Head to head, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Milwaukee and the under is 6-0 in the last six meetings overall.
The Raptors had to endure a rough start to the season, but they found form with five wins in seven outings before getting dropped by the Timberwolves in a poor loss on Sunday. The Bucks haven’t quite been at their best lately despite big games from Antetokounmpo and they will be low on confidence after losing to the slumping Thunder who were without their best player on Sunday. This should be a close one, so I’m taking the Raptors with any points I can get.