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Toronto Raptors Should Make a Lineup Change in Game 3 vs. Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks visit the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night.

Sunday, May 19 at 7:00 PM ET

Scotiabank Arena

Coverage: TNT

After a comfortable 125-103 win against the Raptors in Game 2 last Friday, the Bucks are now 10-1 in the playoffs with a staggering 15.3 margin of victory.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 30 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two blocks, Ersan Ilyasova had 17 points on 7-for-11 from the field in 21 minutes off the bench and Nikola Mirotic added 15 points and six rebounds.

The Greek Freak became the second player in Bucks franchise history with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists in a playoff game, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (10 games).

Kawhi Leonard finished with a game-high 31 points to go along with eight rebounds and two assists on 10 of 18 shooting for the Raptors and Kyle Lowry scored 15 points but he was just 4 of 13 and 2 of 9 from 3-point range.

The Raptors need to win Game 3 and changing their starting lineup is a must. Marc Gasol has scored just six points in this series, going just 3-for-20 from the field (14.6 percent) and Serge Ibaka should replace him.

Ibaka is faster and has better outside shooting ability than Gasol and he can help counter the freakish length of the Bucks. Marc Gasol in a bench role leading the second unit could help his game, he's really struggling right now so it's clear that what he's doing so far isn't working.

NBA Trends:

The Under is:

5-0-1 in Toronto's last six games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points

7-1 in Toronto's last eight games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game

6-1 in Toronto's last seven games following an ATS loss

11-4 in Toronto's last 15 games overall

10-4 in Toronto's last 14 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600

Team rankings based on defensive efficiency in the playoffs:

Bucks – 1st (96.9 points allowed per 100 possessions)

Raptors – 2nd (99.8 points allowed per 100 possessions)

NBA Pick: Under 220 (-110) at Jazz Sports

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