Raptors vs. Bucks Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Feb 17, 2021

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The Raptors look to win the season series against the Bucks – currently tied 1-1 -- when they close out a two-game set on Thursday with the Bucks favoured on the NBA odds.

Toronto
27-45
AT
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Milwaukee
46-26
Pointspread +7.5 -110
Moneyline +230
Over / Under o +234

61%

Betting Action

39%

Pointspread -7.5 -110
Moneyline -280
Over / Under u +234

61%

Betting Action

39%

How much they will be favoured by could depend on Kyle Lowry’s status.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s not 100 percent certain that Thursday will be the last meeting of the season between the teams – certainly a playoff matchup is possible – but it most likely will be. Everything is a bit up in the air with the NBA yet to release its second-half schedule, but usually these teams play three times in a regular season because they are in different divisions. It’s also the last road/road series against one opponent in the first half for the Dinos. The Bucks are done facing the same team in a two-game set in the first half after Thursday.

Toronto upset Milwaukee 124-113 on Tuesday as a 6-point underdog despite Kyle Lowry spraining his left ankle. The multiple-time All-Star originally did so late in the second quarter but was back out there after halftime. However, he was clearly limping on the court and eventually had to leave for good. Lowry finished with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists in 22 minutes.

His status may not be known until a few hours before tipoff Thursday, but it’s tough for guys to play through a sprained ankle just 48 hours later.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors have been mentioned as a possible trade partner with Cleveland since the Cavs have benched former All-Star centre Andre Drummond to start this week until they can trade him. Toronto doesn’t have a true centre on the roster and is near the bottom of the NBA in defensive rebounding.

With OG Anunoby back from a long injury absence Tuesday, Coach Nick Nurse took centre Aron Baynes out of the starting five and essentially played power forward Pascal Siakam at the five spot. Siakam was the tallest starter on the floor for the Dinos at 6-foot-9 and was terrific with 23 points, 13 rebounds and six assists, while Fred VanVleet had 33 points and Anunoby 13 and seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Toronto is 6-4 ATS in its past 10.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are on their first four-game losing streak (0-4 ATS) since dropping the final four of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals against Toronto. Giannis Antetokounmpo certainly wasn’t at fault Tuesday with 34 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and five steals. However, fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had just 11 points in 38 minute and was minus-19.

Milwaukee clearly misses guard Jrue Holiday, who has missed the past five in COVID protocols and is unlikely to return by Thursday. “Obviously, one of our best players on the team and playmakers and best defenders on the team is not playing with us,” Giannis said of Holiday. “Obviously, it’s not an excuse.” The Bucks are 0-9 this season when trailing after three quarters.

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