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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors - 01/05/2019 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet Saturday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.

The Toronto Raptors look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 113 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.1 points and eight rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.8 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost five of their last six road games.

The Milwaukee Bucks look to keep the ball rolling after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 117 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 43.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.3 points and 12.6 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 17.9 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.2 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.7 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won each of their last six home games.

The Raptors are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bucks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games, 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 10-4 in Bucks last 14 overall. The over is 5-2 in Raptors last 7 overall.

The Milwaukee Bucks have won the last three meetings against the Toronto Raptors, and that includes two wins this season. The Raptors still have key guys out of their lineup and are struggling to score, as they're shooting 42.1 percent from the field and are being outscored by 6.6 points in their last five games. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of the more consistent teams in the league at the moment and are winning by an average margin of 14.7 points at home. Until the Raptors get healthy, it's hard to back them against above-average teams, especially on the road. Give me the Bucks and the reasonable chalk. 

Pick:
Milwaukee Bucks -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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