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Giannis Antetokounmpo Has to Step up for Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4 vs. Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors try to even the Eastern Conference Finals when they host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 4.
 
Tuesday, May 21 at 8:30 PM ET
 
Scotiabank Arena
 
Coverage: TNT
 
Kawhi Leonard finished with a game-high 36 points to get the Raptors back into this series with a 118-112 double-overtime win against the Bucks last Sunday. 
 
Leonard also had nine rebounds and five assists and Pascal Siakam added 25 points but it was Norman Powell who surprised everyone by scoring 19 points off the bench on 3-for-5 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes off the bench.
 
Giannis Antetokounmpo really struggled in Game 3 but the Bucks still had chances to win the game during the two overtimes. Antetokounmpo scored just 12 points on 5 of 16 shooting in 45 minutes but the Bucks got help from their bench, with George Hill leading the way with 24 points and grabbing seven rebounds in 37 minutes and Malcolm Brogdon adding 20 points.
 
The Raptors dominated the first quarter in Game 3, shooting 46.2 percent from the field while the Bucks made just 33.3 percent of their attempts and were outscored 30-21.
 
Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam were incredible at the start of the game with 16 of the 30 points scored by the Raptors in the frame while Norman Powell scored 10 points off the bench on 4 of 5 shooting. Getting off to another slow start is not an option for the Bucks, playing from behind for long periods of time on the road would really complicate matters for them.
 
 
NBA Trends:
 
The Under is:
 
13-5 in Milwaukee's last 18 games following a straight up loss</li>
 
8-2 in Toronto's last 10 Tuesday games
 
7-2 in Toronto's last nine games when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
 
8-3-1 in Toronto's last 12 games following a straight up win
 
5-2 in Toronto's last seven games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
 
11-5 in Toronto's last 16 games overall
 
Team rankings based on defensive efficiency in the playoffs:
 
Bucks – 1st (96.9 points allowed per 100 possessions)
 
Raptors – 2nd (99.1 points allowed per 100 possessions)
 
NBA Pick: Under 218.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports
 
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