The Toronto Raptors visit the Milwaukee Bucks in crucial Game 5 on Thursday night.
Thursday, May 23 at 8:30 PM ET
The Raptors dominated the Bucks 120-102 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals to tie the series 2-2. Kyle Lowry stepped up to lead the Raptors with 25 points, six assists and five rebounds and Kawhi Leonard had a relatively quiet night with 19 points in 34 minutes.
Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo bounced back for the Bucks but the rest of their teammates failed to contribute significantly and the Raptors simply outplayed them in practically all aspects of the game.
Middleton had a game-high 30 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds and Antetokounmpo finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists but he had a team-worst -19 plus-minus (+/-).
The Toronto second unit made the difference, outscoring the Milwaukee bench 48-23 as Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet all scored in double figures while Ersan Ilyasova led the Bucks reserves with just seven points.
The Over is:
5-0 in Toronto's last five games playing on one day of rest
5-1 in Toronto's last six games when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
8-3 in Toronto's last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record
5-2 in Toronto's last seven games overall
7-1 in Milwaukee's last eight games playing on one day of rest
6-1 in Milwaukee's last seven games against a team with a winning percentage above .600
8-3 in Milwaukee's last 11 games against a team with a winning straight up record
14-6 in Milwaukee's last 20 games overall
8-3 in the last 11 meetings
4-1 in the last five meetings in Milwaukee
The Bucks missed nine free-throws, had 12 turnovers and did things that were very unlike them, which cost them Game 4. They're completely different at home and they know what's at stake on Thursday so look for key contributors like Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, George Hill, Brook Lopez and Nikola Mirotic to step up their game and produce.
NBA Pick: Over 217.5 (-110) at Jazz Sports
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