The Milwaukee Bucks (58-23) are the No.1 seed in the Eastern Conference as they face the Toronto Raptors (40-41) in the final game of the regular season at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday (April 9).
The Bucks have been solid throughout the season and are on a 7-3 run in their last 10 games. But they faced a loss against the Memphis Grizzlies (137-114) in their last outing. The team was without its main players and was led by Lindell Wigginton, who scored 25 points and looked sharp on the night. Jae Crowder has been getting decent playing time off late and finished the game with 24 points. But it wasn’t enough as the Grizzlies had a lot of players scoring for them on the night. Jaren Jackson Jr. single-handedly destroyed the Bucks by scoring 36 points while playing only 27 minutes. Luke Kennard also had 19 points to his name while five other players scored in double digits.
The Bucks will now take on the Raptors, who are ninth in the East and have made the play-in spot. Despite being on a two-game losing streak, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games. Their latest loss came against the Boston Celtics (121-102). Pascal Siakam with 19 points was the leading scorer in the game for the Raptors as the team succumbed to a 19-point loss.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Match Details
Fixture: Milwaukee Bucks @ Toronto Raptors
Date & Time: Sunday, April 9, 01:00 p.m ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Injury Report
There are a number of injury concerns for the two teams at present. Brook Lopez will not feature for the Bucks tonight as he is given rest while Giannis Antetokounmpo is out because of a knee problem. Khris Middelton also has a knee injury and is out whereas Pat Connaughton has an ankle issue and is out as well. Jrue Holiday will also miss the game because of rest and Grayson Allen is yet to recover from an ankle injury. A.J. Green is out with a foot problem.
As for the Raptors, Otto Porter Jr. is out with a toe injury and Pascal Siakam is given rest. Fred VanderVleet has a thumb injury and is doubtful for tonight’s game while OG Anunoby is out with an ankle injury.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Injury List
|Brook Lopez||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Rest|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Knee|
|Khris Middelton||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Knee|
|Pat Connaughton||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Ankle|
|Jrue Holiday||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Rest|
|Garyson Allen||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Ankle|
|A.J. Green||Milwaukee Bucks||Out||Foot|
|Otto Porter Jr.||Toronto Raptors||Out||Toe|
|Pascal Siakam||Toronto Raptors||Out||Rest|
|Fred VanderVleet||Toronto Raptors||Doubtful||Thumb|
|OG Anunoby||Toronto Raptors||Out||Ankle|
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Betting Odds
|Milwaukee Bucks||+135||+3.5 (-110)||O 222.5 (-110)|
|Toronto Raptors||-155||-3.5 (-110)||U 222.5 (-110)|
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors: Starting 5s
Bucks: F MarJon Beauchamp, F Jae Crowder, C Meyers Leonard, G Lindell Wigginton, G Goran Dragic
Raptors: F Gary Trent Jr., F Will Barton, C Jakob Poeltl, G Precious Achiuwa, G Scottie Barnes
Milwaukee vs Toronto: Betting Prediction
The Bucks have a solid 3-0 lead over the Raptors so far this season. As we come down to the final game of the regular season for both teams, the Raptors will look to end it with a win at home. Their home record is pretty decent at 26-14 while the Bucks on the road are not bad at all at 26-14. This marks for a very interesting game where the two teams will play without their main players. However, the Bucks are better than the Raptors both offensively, and defensively. But since the Bucks will miss a lot of key player tonight, expect them to concede a lot of points like they did against the Grizzlies.
This game has the potential to go over the total mark.