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Rebounding Will Be Key to Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Game 2

The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks clash in what should be an entertaining Eastern Conference Finals Game 2 on Friday night.

Friday, May 17 at 8:30 PM ET

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Coverage: TNT

Brook Lopez Plays the Hero

The Bucks trailed for most the game but they still beat the Raptors 108-100 last Wednesday, outscoring them 32-17 in the fourth quarter. Brook Lopez was phenomenal with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 4 of 11 from beyond the arc, Giannis Antetokounmpo had a fantastic all-around effort with 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points off the bench.

Lopez had a 26 percent usage and 22 true shot attempts, including 7-for-7 at the rim and 4-for-11 from 3-point range. Four of his 11 rebounds were on the offensive glass and he added four blocks. Lopez scored more points in Game 1 than in the entire series against the Celtics (27 points on 10 of 35 shooting in five games).

Turnovers and missed 3-pointers cost the Raptors and Marc Gasol and Danny Green were non-factors from the start but Kyle Lowry played extremely well, scoring 30 points on just 22 percent usage and 17 true shot attempts. Lowry was 7-for-9 from 3-point range and he grabbed eight rebounds, including three on the offensive glass.

Lowry recorded just two assists and he turned the ball over four times (two were live-ball) but he was clutch in the fourth quarter, shooting 5-for-7 from the field while his teammates were 0-for-15 from the field, including 0-for-7 from downtown.

Rest difference was evident in the fourth quarter. The Raptors were gassed after playing a Game 7 on Sunday while the Bucks had almost a week to recover. The Raptors had a 100-98 lead with 3:31 left but went scoreless for the rest of the game.

NBA Trends:

The Under is:

7-0 in Toronto's last seven games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

7-1-1 in Toronto's last nine road games

7-1-1 in Toronto's last nine road games against a team with a winning home record

11-3 in Toronto's last 14 games overall

6-0 in Milwaukee's last six games playing on three or more days of rest

8-3 in Milwaukee's last 11 home games against a team with a winning road record

4-1 in Milwaukee's last five games following a straight up win

4-1 in Milwaukee's last five games following an ATS win

7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee

Rebounding made a big difference in the outcome of Game 1. The Bucks outrebounded the Raptors 60-46 and this series won't be long if that happens again. I'm leaning towards this being another low-scoring game.

NBA Pick: Under 216 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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