The Milwaukee Bucks will take a one-nil lead into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals series – and plenty of punters will be backing Giannis Antetokounmpo and co to push on and build an unassailable lead. Most NBA fans are expecting the Bucks to represent the East in the next round of the competition…
However, it wasn’t plain sailing for Milwaukee. The Bucks had to work hard to turn things around and Giannis underperformed with 24 points. That is testament to this Milwaukee unit though; their main man was struggling yet the team were still able to outscore a very good Raptors side. Write the Bucks off in their pursuit of NBA glory at your peril.
Everything was going to plan for Toronto in Game 1 but a miserable fourth quarter handed the Bucks a soft win. The Raptors cannot afford to ponder on the outcome of that game for too long though – they have an immediate chance to level up the series at Scotiabank Arena.
Kawhi Leonard was the star of the show with 31 points and Toronto must pick themselves up before going again. Mentality is vital ahead of Game 2 and the pressure is now on the Canadian side after their shortcomings earlier in the week. Can the Raptors do it? Yes. Will the Raptors do it? That is another question.
The 9/4 available with Betfred for Toronto to win seems very high. Punters should snap that price up now – Milwaukee looked nervous in Game 1 and the Raptors could take advantage if there are any lingering problems. Winning all three home games is a must for Toronto if they want to complete a shock series victory en route to the NBA finals.
Date: May 18, 2019
Raptors Should Take Positives From Game One Loss
Canadian basketball fans were heartbroken after Toronto’s fourth quarter collapse – taking Game 1 would have been huge for momentum in this series. Instead, the Raptors must dust themselves down ahead of what is essentially a ‘do or die’ contest this weekend.
Toronto were the better team for most of that contest though and Nick Nurse’s side will be encouraged by Milwaukee’s early struggles. The Scotiabank Arena crowd will be fully behind the Raptors for Game 2 and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Toronto draw level in the series.
Milwaukee Know They Got Away With One
When your luck is in, it is in. The Bucks raised their game when it mattered most and that was the difference between the two teams. On another day, Toronto would’ve been home and hosed – Milwaukee cannot afford to make that many mistakes again here.
Giannis has matured into one of the best players in the NBA and he can make the difference for Milwaukee this weekend. Keeping his teammates calm and composed in what will be an intense cauldron of noise is one thing but leading them to victory is another.
NBA punters can back the Bucks at 21/10 with 888sport to go on and lift the title this year. On paper, Milwaukee have the required talent to challenge the Golden State Warriors but it would take a brave man to back Giannis and co after their hit-and-miss Game 1.
Another close affair awaits. Backing either side to go out and win by a wide margin would be foolish to say the least – this has all the makings of a modern classic. It could go either way but the 9/4 for a Raptors win is the value bet this weekend.
With another 30-point effort from Leonard, Toronto could level the series up. From there, it is anyone’s game – if Milwaukee continue to disappoint then the Raptors could even nick the series.
TIP: Toronto Raptors to win (9/4 with Betfred)
CORRECT SCORE: Toronto Raptors 110-102 Milwaukee Bucks