There should be no shortage of scoring tonight for Raptors
January 01, 2018 7:49 AM
by Bob Harvey
WIN Take 703 Milwaukee Bucks / 704 Toronto Raptors OVER 215
There should be no shortage of scoring tonight in Toronto where the Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. PT at the Air Canada Centre where the Raptors are favored by -6. The total is 215. This will be the first meeting of the year between the two teams who met in the first round of the last season’s playoffs.
Toronto (24-10, 13-1 home) has won 12 straight at home including Friday’s 111-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Raptors lead the Eastern Conference in scoring average (110.6 points) and aren’t shy about putting up shots from beyond the arc. They are fourth in the league in 3-point attempts per game (31.9).
Milwaukee (19-15, 7-9 road) erased a 20-point deficit to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves at home on Thursday before winning at Oklahoma City on Friday in the second night of a back-to-back situation. Giannis Antetokounmpo, who recorded a double-double in each of the victories, is averaging 29.1 points per game – second in the NBA behind James Harden (32.2 ppg.)
Milwaukee is 1-5 ATS in its last six against the Atlantic Division and 1-8-3 against the number in its last 12 vs. the Eastern Conference. Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its past four home games and 5-0 ATS last five against the Eastern Conference. The favorite is 9-3 ATS in the past 12 meetings.
The Bucks are 21-12-1 to the OVER this season including 11-5 to the high side as a visitor. The OVER has cashed in 11 of the last 16 series meetings in Toronto while the UNDER has gone 12-4 in the past 16 meetings overall. The Raptors are 4-0 to the UNDER in their past four home games.
2017 MLB (0-0-0) Overall Record: 75-61-2
2016-17 NBA (1-0-0) Overall Record: 96-99-2
2017-18 NHL (0-0-0) Overall Record: 25-18-1