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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors 5/23/19

The Toronto Raptors Visit the Milwaukee Bucks in the eastern Conference Finals game 5 on Thursday Night at Fiserv Forum Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Date: : Thursday 05/23/19
Time: 08:30 pm ET
Venue: Fiserv Forum Milwaukee
NBA Spread: Bucks -7
NBA Moneyline: off
NBA Total Points: off
NBA Team Points:  off                                 

The Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks meet on Thursday in game 5 of the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference finals at the Fiserv Forum Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Bucks (60-22)

The Milwaukee Bucks have lost back to back in Toronto and the series shift back to Milwaukee and they trying to use their Homecourt advantage to take a 3-2 series lead this Thursday.

Milwaukee has bounced back well after double-digit losses. This season, after losing by 10 or more points, the Bucks are 6-0 straight-up and against-the-spread, covering by an average of 12.8 points. In addition, Milwaukee is difficult to beat at Fiserv. The Bucks were 33-8 at home during the regular season, second in the NBA to the Denver Nuggets (34-7). In the Eastern Conference Finals, the home team has won the first four games.

The Bucks allowed 104.9 points per 100 possessions during the regular season. In the postseason they are allowing just 100.3, the best mark among playoff teams.

The Milwaukee Bucks season stats averaging 118.1 points  in 47.6 field goal percentage. In this Playoffs series the Bucks are rank 2nd  in points averaging 118.1 in 47.6 field goal percentage 2nd in assist averaging 26.0 and 1st in rebounding the ball 49.7 percent per game while 35.3 from beyond the arc and 77.3 from the foul line.

Toronto Raptors ( 58-24 )

the Raptors routed the Bucks, 120-102, to even the series. Toronto got a team-high 25 points from Kyle Lowry, 19 from an ailing Kawhi Leonard and 48 from the bench in the win.

Toronto’s defense has come alive the last two games. In Games 3 and 4, the Raptors limited the Bucks to 41.2 percent shooting and forced Milwaukee into 16.5 turnovers per game. In the previous two games, the Bucks shot 43.2 percent and committed just 10.0 turnovers per game.

Toronto is coming off its best performance of the series. In Game 4, the Raptors had more assists (32 to 30), hit more 3-pointers (14 to 11), won the rebounding battle (44 to 40) and got far better bench production (48 points to 23) than Milwaukee. Much maligned during the NBA Playoffs 2019, Norman Powell (18 points), Serge Ibaka (17) and the once-struggling Fred VanVleet (13) all contributed off the bench.

The Toronto Raptors rank number 10th in points averaging 105.0 points in 46.4 field goal percentage, rank number 8th in assist averaging 22.8 number 13th in rebound averaging 41.9 rebound per game 34.5 from beyond the arc and 82.6 from the freethrow line.

NBA Trends

5-0 in Toronto’s last five games playing on one day of rest
5-1 in Toronto’s last six games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
8-3 in Toronto’s last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record
5-2 in Toronto’s last seven games overall

7-1 in Milwaukee’s last eight games playing on one day of rest
6-1 in Milwaukee’s last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600
8-3 in Milwaukee’s last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record
14-6 in Milwaukee’s last 20 games overall
8-3 in the last 11 meetings
4-1 in the last five meetings in Milwaukee

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