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Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Milwaukee Bucks (16-8) at Toronto Raptors (21-6)
Date & Time Sunday December 9, 2018, 6:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 229.5
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NBA | Milwaukee Bucks (16-8) at Toronto Raptors (21-6)
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in NBA action at the Scotiabank Arena.

The Milwaukee Bucks look for a statement victory after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 120 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 26.8 points and 13 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 18.1 points and 3.8 assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Malcolm Brogdon is dishing 3.4 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50.5 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 116 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 108 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 26.4 points and 8.3 rebounds while Serge Ibaka is averaging 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds. Pascal Siakam is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 10.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won four of their last five home games.

The Bucks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games, 3-11 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto. The over is 36-15 in Bucks last 51 overall. The under is 4-0 in Raptors last 4 overall.

The Milwaukee Bucks have struggled a bit on the road this season where they're giving up almost 116 points, and they've been a bit hit or miss overall lately. The Toronto Raptors are outscoring teams by 8.2 points at home and are due for a bounce back performance after losing to the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks did beat the Raptors earlier in the season, but it's safe to say Toronto is a much better and more comfortable team than they were seven games into things. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Raptors at home. 

Toronto Raptors -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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