NBA Predictions, Picks & Preview – Raptors vs Bucks Game 1
We have NBA Predictions for Game 1 between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday May 15.
This is one of the more highly-anticipated Eastern Conference Finals we’ve seen in recent history. The Bucks have been on fire all season and they are well rested as they welcome the Raptors into town.
Toronto got into this game by a last second shot by Kawhi Leonard against Philadelphia. It was an amazing end to the game and they will look to carry over that momentum in Game 1.
Our NBA Predictions look at the form and latest news from both the Raptors and Bucks for the all-important Game 1.
Toronto Raptors Form & News
In terms of drama, Game 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers couldn’t have been any more dramatic. Kawhi Leonard sinks the game-winner on the buzzer after the ball bounced around the rim.
It was a fitting end to a series which was a coming out party for Leonard, who continues to be one of the best and most underrated players in the league. If Leonard had the personality to match his game, he would be a polarizing figure in the NBA.
“It was one of those moments where it’s just like a real-life game winner, Game 7, like count-it-down when you’re back home, and everyone was celebrating like that,” Kyle Lowry said. “It was a pretty awesome moment.”
Despite the dramatic win, there were signs of concern for the Raptors. They didn’t play well as a team down the stretch and it was up to Leonard to do all the scoring. Leonard outscored the 76ers over the last six minutes, but his teammates did little to help.
Leonard scoring 30+ points isn’t going to win Toronto this series. When you’re up against a guaranteed points scorer like Giannis, the whole team needs to chip in on the scoring front.
Defensively, Toronto will need to be on point as the Bucks have both an inside and outside presence. That being said, the Raptors are a top team in the east and they should be treated with respect in Game 1.
Milwaukee Bucks Form & News
The Bucks have had the luxury of getting some rest after defeating Boston 4-1. They dropped the first game against the Celtics before going on a four-game winning streak.
During that series, Giannis Antetokoumpo was simply outstanding and his record of 27.7 points per game and 12.5 rebounds during the NBA Playoffs is incredible.
However, the Bucks don’t simply rely on the ability of Giannis. They have good perimeter shooters who help space the floor, which enables Giannis to get what he wants in the paint.
It’s the perfect recipe for good basketball and they’re going to be a serious winning chance in every game during this series.
Bookmakers have the Bucks as –5.5 favorites of Game 1 and it could come down to rest or rust. Bucks have had plenty of time rest after their series but they could also be rusty.
Raptors vs Bucks Game 1 Betting Trends & Statistics
- Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Bucks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win.
- Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 against NBA Central.
- Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss.
- Road team is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Underdog is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Raptors vs Bucks Game 1 NBA Predictions
Our NBA Predictions are tipping the Milwaukee Bucks to come away with an easy Game 1 win.
The Bucks should be able to space the floor beautifully and put the Toronto defense under immediate pressure.
If Giannis stays out of foul trouble, and he usually does, then the Bucks are going to go inside to start off the game. If Leonard is put on Giannis, that could put Leonard into early foul trouble.
Bucks match up perfectly and they should cover the spread.
Raptors vs Bucks NBA Predictions: Bucks –5.5 @ BetOnline