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Defense Will Dictate Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 1 Tonight

The Toronto Raptors battle the Milwaukee Bucks in a fun-to-watch Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 on Wednesday night.

Wednesday, May 15 at 8:30 PM ET

Fiserv Forum

Coverage: TNT

The Raptors beat the 76ers 92-90 in Game 7 after an unbelievable Kawhi Leonard series-clinching buzzer-beater that bounced off the rim four times last Sunday.

According to sports analytics and strategy site Positive Residual, Leonard scored 41 points on 42 true shot attempts in 43 minutes, using up nearly half of Toronto's possessions while he was on the floor. Only three of the star forward's 16 made field goals were assisted and he was 7-for-13 at the rim and 7-for-8 at the free-throw line. Leonard also added eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Serge Ibaka gave the Raptors a spark off the bench with 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists on 6-for-10 from the field and 3-for-5 from 3-point range and Pascal Siakam had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.

After losing Game 1, the Bucks won four their next four contests against the Celtics, including a dominant 116-91 victory last Wednesday. Giannis Antetokounmpo carried the team with 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and he played incredibly well against the Raptors in the regular season, averaging 27.0 points, 15.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals on 58.5 percent shooting and 41.7 percent from beyond the arc in 35.0 minutes over three games.

NBA Trends:

The Under is:

6-0 in Toronto's last six games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

6-1-1 in Toronto's last eight road games

6-1-1 in Toronto's last eight road games against a team with a winning home record

10-3 in Toronto's last 13 overall

5-0 in Milwaukee's last five games playing on three or more days of rest

7-3 in Milwaukee's last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record

Team rankings based on defensive efficiency in the playoffs:

Raptors – 2nd (97.5 points allowed per 100 possessions)

Bucks – 1st (97.1 points allowed per 100 possessions)

There's a reason why these are the two best defenses in the playoffs and they will dominate tonight.

NBA Pick: Under 217.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports

Check odds here: http://bit.ly/jazzonaff

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