Two of the NBA’s best offenses meet tonight as the Bucks (36-13, 14-9 away) and Raptors (37-15, 21-4 home) try to out-gun one another in Toronto. Tip off time for this must-see game between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams is 8:00 p.m. EST at Scotiabank Arena.
Milwaukee and Toronto Have Been Lighting Up the Scoreboard
Both clubs have been creating plenty of excitement – and plenty of points – this season with their high-octane attacks. Toronto is generating 114.1 points on 44.0 shooting from the field and 35.0% from downtown. They’re 16th in rebounds and 15th in assists. The Raptors have been led this season by Kawhi Leonard, who is averaging 27.9 points per game on 48.0% shooting.
— NBA (@NBA) January 30, 2019
Not to be outdone, Milwaukee is generating 117.2 points on 48.0% shooting from the floor and 35.0% from deep. They rank first in rebounds and fifth in assists. The Bucks owe many of their wins this season to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is putting up 26.5 points per contest.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors Statistical Comparison
|113.3 (3rd)||Offensive Rating||112.4 (7th)|
|117.2 (2nd)||Points||114.1 (6th)|
|26.3 (5th)||Assists||24.4 (15th)|
|48.0 (3rd)||Field-Goal Percentage||47.2 (8th)|
|35.0 (15th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.8 (18th)|
|+9.7 (1st)||Plus/Minus||+5.4 (5th)|
|103.8 (1st)||Defensive Rating||107.5 (10th)|
|107.6 (7th)||Points||108.7 (10th)|
|43.2 (1st)||Field-Goal Percentage||45.3 (9th)|
|36.2 (20th)||Three-Point Percentage||34.2 (6th)|
|40.2 (1st)||Points In The Paint||48.2 (12th)|
Milwaukee’s Defense is Tops in the NBA
Even if Milwaukee’s offense falters, their defense is good enough to keep them in any game. The Bucks give up just 107.6 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to 43.2% from the field and 36.2% from beyond the arc. Milwaukee has the league’s top defense rating and grits out 14 turnovers per game.
Milwaukee Has the Series Edge
These two clubs have met three times this year, with the Bucks winning on two occasions. The last time they played on January 5th, 2019, Toronto won 123- 116 behind 30 points from Pascal Siakam and Kawhi Leonard.
RAPTORS WIN! RAPTORS WIN! Raptors get revenge on Bucks 123-116 behind amazing performances by the starters!
Raps regain top seed☝️
Kawhi Leonard – 30 points
Pascal Siakam – 30 points (Career High)
Serge Ibaka – 25 points
Steady Freddy – 21 points
Danny Green – 12 points pic.twitter.com/ttYmDmBoKz
— Raptors FastBreak (@RapsFastBreak) January 6, 2019
Bookmakers have us excited for this one, as they’ve set the game total at a robust 230, with the Raptors opening as 2.5-point favorites. Milwaukee is 27-19-3 against the spread this year and 24-25-0 over/under, compared to 23-29-0 ATS and 30-22-0 over/under for Toronto.