Top betting sites favor the Milwaukee Bucks by 2.5 points over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bucks lead the series 2-1 SU, as well as 2-1 ATS, according to the best online sportsbooks. The Raptors pulled within one game with some double overtime heroics on Sunday. Kawhi Leonard scored a series-high 36 points – and a career-high 52 minutes. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol added 12 rebounds and six assists. Toronto entered its very own Scotiabank Arena as 2.5-point home chalk. An advantage that wasn’t warranted, at least according to the New York Post. Shows what they know. I guess they weren’t counting on Leonard. “It’s playoff basketball,” the small forward said. “I want to win. … We’re still here. Nobody wants to go home. We’re going to keep striving to reach that goal. That’s what I pride myself on, both ends of the floor.”
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Information & Odds
- Date: Monday, May 21, 2019
- Time: 18:30 PM (CST)
- Venue: Scotiabank Arena Toronto, Ontario
- Odds from Intertops.eu:
|Bucks||-2 (-110)||216 (-110)||-132|
|Raptors||+2 (-110)||216 (-110)||+112|
If we lived in a Jurassic World, a raptor would probably devour a buck. But in an NBA world, it’s the Bucks that have the munchies. According to Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee roster is “really, really hungry.” “There’s so many things that we can get better [at],” the forward said. “And we will get better. And we’re gonna come out in Game 4, and we’re gonna be us. We’re gonna be the team that we’ve been all year.” Speaking of which, Ante played 33 minutes per game during the regular season. He played 45 on Sunday, so he must be feeling the postseason burn.
Per top betting sites, the Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games. 6-2 ATS in their last eight games versus the Raptors. And 6-1 SU in their last seven games against an Eastern conference team.
Kawhi was very offensively active on Sunday. But like Anthony Mason’s head used to say, he was also back to D. Leonard held Giannis to just 12 points on 5 of 16 field goal shooting after 45 minutes of playtime. Antetokounmpo also turned the ball over on eight occasions. Nonetheless, the former Spur knows that “one man can’t guard him. It takes the whole team.” The Raptors clamping down on Giannis was reflected on the Bucks’ 112 points on 120 possessions. Which is their second-worst offensive production in these playoffs. The Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five games. 13-7 SU in their last 20 games. And 6-1 SU in their last seven games at home.
Pick: As Nick Nurse said, “[Kawhi’s] defense was probably the biggest key of the game.” one might say Kawhi was the biggest key of the game, period. Bigger than the keys to the city of New York. So the question is, has Leonard got anything left in the tank? And will we still have Giannis’s number? My guess is Kawhi will show some wear-and-tear, especially considering he appeared to injure his leg on Sunday. Additionally, we can expect Ante to up the ante following a disappointing Game 3. In other words, users of top betting sites should take Milwaukee and the points.
The Bucks won a league-best 45 of its 60 games by at least 10 points. They have also logged six 20-points victories in the playoffs. Milwaukee has the best defense and second-best offense in the postseason. They score 113.5 points and allow 98.4 per game during these playoffs. Winning by an average margin of 15.3 points per game.