Bucks vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 26, 2021

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The Toronto Raptors on Wednesday get their first look this season at two-time reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee
46-26
AT
January 27, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Toronto
27-45
Pointspread -6.5 -110
Moneyline -251
Over / Under o +228

59%

Betting Action

41%

Pointspread +6.5 -110
Moneyline +208
Over / Under u +228

59%

Betting Action

41%

The Bucks are favoured on the NBA odds in Tampa, Fla.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Bucks were one of the huge winners of the NBA offseason because they were able to sign the Greek Freak to long-term contract extension as well as swing a trade for former New Orleans Pelicans All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. Milwaukee led the NBA in wins the past two regular seasons but came up short in the playoffs both times – of course, losing in six games in the 2019 East Finals to Toronto.

While the Bucks are still a very good team, they are no longer the club to beat in the East after Brooklyn traded for James Harden recently, adding the three-time scoring champion and former MVP to Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The Bucks have failed their two biggest tests thus far with losses to the Nets and the defending champion Lakers.

Last season, the Bucks won two of three vs. Toronto. Giannis averaged typically absurd numbers of 27.5 points, 17.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 3.5 blocks. Khris Middleton put up 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Kyle Lowry averaged 23.0 points and 6.0 assists, and Pascal Siakam 17.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.

Milwaukee has covered the spread in seven of the past 10 regular-season meetings.

Milwaukee Bucks

After having a game last Friday vs. Washington postponed due to COVID issues on the Wizards, Brooklyn ended a two-game slide with a 129-115 home win over Atlanta on Sunday – the Bucks lead the NBA in scoring at 120.1 ppg. Antetokounmpo had 27 points (including one of the better dunks this season), 14 rebounds and eight assists. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 19 points and Bobby Portis 21 off the bench.

Middleton is having a career season in averaging 21.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists. He’s on track to post a rare 50/40/90 season in terms of overall field-goal percentage (52.2), three-point percentage (42.6) and free-throw percentage (92.0). That has only been done a handful of times in league history.

Toronto Raptors

The Dinos weren’t able to get the two-game sweep at Indiana on Monday, losing 129-114 and playing a second straight game without Siakam due to swelling in his left knee. Needless to say, that’s something to monitor. Lowry returned from a one-game injury absence (toe) but was held to 12 points on 2-for-11 shooting. He needs two points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points.

Norman Powell started over Stanley Johnson (who had started Sunday for Siakam) and had 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. OG Anunoby went to the locker room to be checked for a concussion after getting hit in the mouth but was able to return. Toronto actually led by two with just under 10 minutes left, but it was all Pacers after that. Toronto is 5-5 ATS in its past 10 as an underdog.

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