Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead NBA Playoffs Free Picks: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks
Thursday, April 27, 2017
by Aengus Moorehead

Toronto Looks to Wrap Things Up Against Milwaukee

Las Vegas Odds & Aengus Moorehead NBA Playoffs Free Picks: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks

Raptors: 3-2 (1-1 V)
Bucks: 2-3 (1-1 H)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 27, 2017
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TV: TNT, Sportsnet, FSN Wisconsin

The rejuvenated Toronto Raptors will attempt to qualify for a spot in the Eastern Conference Semifinals as they prepare to meet the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of their first round series set to be staged Thursday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. With a win, the Raptors would be in line to play the Cleveland Cavaliers next so the incentive to exact revenge from last year’s loss to the Cavs is certainly present. 

While there is still some basketball to play for the Raptors who lead the series 3-2, it didn’t look as though they would even sniff at a possible path to reach the semis after falling into a 2-1 hole against a younger and inexperienced Milwaukee squad. Even in their Game 2 victory, Toronto needed an 11-0 run to begin the fourth quarter but the pesky Bucks kept coming at them until the last 2 minutes of a tie game when Toronto scored the last six points to escape with the win.

The Bucks were undeterred by the setback north of the border and went on to humiliate the Raptors by 27 points in Game 3 in Milwaukee that left the Raptors in a catatonic state of mind. The Raptors have had an unflattering history of folding under the pressure in the postseason with six first round knockouts in eight previous playoff appearances. They weren’t about to fold once more let alone against a team that fought until the end just to make the postseason.

The Raptors had seen enough and a clearing of the air was in order for them to have any chances at another possible stab in meeting the Cavaliers. It seemed to have paid dividends. The Raptors responded in grand fashion in Game 4 and 5 by outscoring Milwaukee by a combined 36 points but now must avoid sitting on their laurels because the Bucks have nothing to lose and even with a first round loss, their season could be considered as a successful one.

MyBookie.ag has the Bucks listed as 1½-point favorites and the game's total is sitting at 194½ according to BetOnline.ag

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Las Vegas Odds

Gm# Team
Opener
501 Toronto
194
502 Milwaukee
-1½
  Moneyline
+100/-120

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Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 118-93 loser as they battled the Raptors on the road. The Bucks failed to cover in the match as a +6-point underdog, while 211 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Toronto was a 118-93 winner in its last match at home against the Bucks. They covered the -6-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 211 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Las Vegas Odds & Trends

Toronto:
Toronto is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road

Milwaukee:
Milwaukee is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Milwaukee's last 10 games
Milwaukee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Milwaukee Thursday, April 27

The result:
The Raptors are one unpredictable team to spot. They could unknowingly put their feet off the gas pedal thinking they still have a home game left in this series but losing that momentum could have some catastrophic consequences. They are smart enough to know that and remind themselves of that very fact and play like the that was favored to easily take this series. Take Toronto +1½ and the Over 194½.

Aengus Moorehead NBA Playoffs Free Picks: Toronto +1½ & 194½ Over at Mybookie

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