NBA odds preview - Raptors vs. Bucks

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March 2, 8:30 PM | Bradley Center

Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds

23-36TEAM RECORD28-28

Milwaukee looks to cover the Bucks-Raptors pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 28-28 mark when they host Toronto in NBA action.

Milwaukee will face the 23-36 Raptors, who own a 30-28-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Bucks are 27-29 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Raptors are 28-31 favoring the OVER.

View Toronto vs Milwaukee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Bucks sat as 6-point favorites. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 202.5.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bucks - Raptors odds would favor the Bucks if the lines were set according to power ranks. Milwaukee is rated No. 13 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Raptors sit at No. 24. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 97-96 win for the Bucks.

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How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Milwaukee's No. 5-rated squad against Toronto's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Milwaukee rates No. 19 in the league with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 11 with 7.3 per outing.

Defensively, the Raptors feature the league's No. 21-rated defense on the road, giving up 102 points per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 17 in the league in scoring at home.

The Raptors were a 93-81 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pacers. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (174) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Raptors endured a 93-81 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Friday, despite a 21-point effort from Rudy Gay at Air Canada Centre.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 110-107 winner as they battled the Rockets on the road. The Bucks covered in the match as a 9-point underdog, while 217 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Monta Ellis scored 27 points and chipped in with 13 assists for Milwaukee on Wednesday, leading the Bucks to a 110-107 victory over Houston at Toyota Center.

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Golden State are 3-7
After playing Indiana are 2-8
After a loss are 5-5

Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Utah are 4-6
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Raptors at Bucks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Toronto's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games on the road
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing Milwaukee
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
Milwaukee is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 9 games

Next up:
Toronto at Golden State, Monday, March 4
Milwaukee home to Utah, Monday, March 4

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