Giannis Antetokounmpo,Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, right, passes the ball in front of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, of Greece, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


Kyle Barrette

The Bucks seem to have gotten back on track after a lackluster start. They have climbed back within a half game of their division and one of the top spots in the East. Toronto, as many predicted, have struggled this season and are coming into this matchup with the defending champs four games under .500. So you would think this would be a larger line with a not so good squad facing the defending champs who are on a roll. Let’s break down this matchup and find out.

Milwaukee comes into this game having won eight straight games. Taking a closer look, only one of the teams had a winning record at the time they played, and that was the Hornets last night. The Bucks barely escaped with a win, clinging to a last-second bucket. Now they face the challenge of going over the border and facing the Raptors. The Hornets play fast-paced basketball and after last night’s track meet and the lengthy travel across the border, it makes you wonder what this Bucks team has left in the tank for this game tonight. The Bucks are 7-4 ATS on the road, but this is a big ask for any team in this position.

The Raptors love playing at home and have one of the most loyal fan bases in all of basketball, but things have been tough this season at home. Toronto comes into this game, which is the beginning of a five-game home stand, only 2-8 at home straight up this season. It gets worse: not only have the Raptors failed to win at home, but they also have a league-worst 1-9 ATS record at home. This will be a tough game for Toronto as they are down a handful of significant players and their depth on the bench is not great. It’s likely we’ll see a lot of unfamiliar faces on the floor for the Raptors tonight. The Raptors need to be careful with their limited offensive weapons. They could be in trouble early if Giannis tries to take over and causes them to get into foul trouble.

Bucks vs. Raptors the Pick: Under 215
There are too many variables to pick a side in this matchup. The Bucks have to be hurting after their game against the Hornets last night, and the all-night travel certainly didn’t do them any favors. Look for some weak and off-target shots from the Bucks. Toronto’s injuries forcing young guys into the lineup will hurt their offense in this one but should provide fresh legs against a tired Bucks team. Consider the under at 215 Points.

Same Game Parlay
Under 215 Pts, Fred VanVleet First Basket, Bucks Under 109.5 Total Points and Milwaukee Bucks to win by 1-10 Pts.

SGP Odds +3961

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