When: 7:30 PM EST, February 18, 2021
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Point Spread: Bucks -6.5
OVER/UNDER Game Total: 235.5
Road Record: 7-9
Home Record: 9-3
Toronto Raptors Vs Milwaukee Bucks Game Day Preview
The Toronto Raptors will go for a two-game sweep when the NBA schedule gives the host Milwaukee Bucks a rematch in a nationally televised game tonight.
The Raptors went small and came up big in a 124-113 win at Milwaukee on Tuesday that featured 33 points from Fred VanVleet and 23 from Pascal Siakam.
Kyle Lowry chipped in with 18 in just 22 minutes before calling it a night early in the third quarter because of pain in his left ankle. He is listed as questionable for the rematch.
The veteran sprained the ankle in the first half, went to the locker room, then was able to return to start the third quarter.
But less than four minutes later, it was clear he was in no shape to finish the game.
Lowry left with the scored tied at 74, after which the Raptors were nonetheless able to get the better of the Bucks, who lost a season-worst fourth straight.
VanVleet was not surprised to see how his team responded to adversity.
“Any time a guy goes down, it’s that next-man-up mentality that we’ve always had here,” he noted. “Something I’ve tried to continue to do is increase my level of play when he’s out. I thought the entire team just picked it up a notch when he went down. That’s what you like to see.”
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 34 points as part of a double-double in the loss, scoring 10 more points than he’d had in the win. But Khris Middleton was limited to 11 points and Brook Lopez nine in the rematch after they’d combined for 44 points the first time around.
The Bucks played without Jrue Holiday, who missed his fifth straight game in COVID-19 protocol. He is eligible to play on Thursday.
With or without Holiday, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer assured after Tuesday’s loss that the approach to the rematch would be the same as any other game.
“You’ve just got to go to work the next day,” he insisted. “We’ve got to look at the film. We’ve got to go to practice. Got to see where we can get better. Nobody’s happy with the result. Nobody feels good about it.”
Raptors Vs Bucks Facts
- Raptors are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Bucks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Under is 6-1 in the last 7 TOR Vs MIL meetings.
Toronto Raptors Vs Milwaukee Bucks Alternative Fantasy Basketball-Statement Games Picks
Raptors 118 Bucks 126
- 10 PT Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo OVER 30.5 PTS
- 9 PT Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo Will Have Over 25 PTS AND 13 Rebounds
- 8 PT Pick: Milwaukee Bucks OVER 120.5 PTS