NBA Raptors vs Bucks Game 1 Spread and Prediction

The Denver Nuggets who lead the series 3-2 have an opportunity to close out the Blazers in tonight's Game 6 at the Moda Center

The Denver Nuggets who lead the series 3-2 have an opportunity to close out the Blazers in tonight's Game 6 at the Moda Center

While the Bucks waited a week between dispatching Boston in five games in the conference semifinals, the Raptors were back on the court three nights after their thrilling Game 7 victory over Philadelphia. They jostled for the number one spot all season, and now they'll be doing the same to see which team gets to make a trip to the NBA Finals.

All Eastern Conference finals games will air on TNT.

Of course, Toronto will counter with Kawhi Leonard.

Still, Toronto should be viewed as underdogs in this series.

"It was great", Leonard said. Well, this season they went all in on that plan and developed one of the most potent 3-point attacks in the league, firing up almost 40 3s per game in the regular season.

The Warriors made a point to get out on the break against the Trail Blazers, who struggle in that area.

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry will face his younger brother, Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry, in the Western Conference Finals.

The Raptors are well aware of the challenge ahead.

Leonard's squat-prompting buzzer beater sends Raptors to conference finals
Lowry, who had an injured thumb taped in the first half, had 10 points, and Gasol added seven points and 11 rebounds. Leonard's teammates closed in while Embiid walked away with an off-season ahead of thinking about the shot.

During the four regular-season meetings between these two teams - three of which were won by the Bucks - Bledsoe was an absolute menace on the defensive end against Lowry. "Hopefully we've got lots of different layers and ways that we're scoring, but certainly when we're open players tend to like that, so it wasn't that much of a sell job".

Bench: Edge Bucks. The Raptors' bench seemed like a strength all season, but it hasn't quite worked out in the playoffs.

"We know we've got a tough task at hand", Lowry said. If we meet Milwaukee in round three, we're going for a roadie.

Timeout Bucks with 8:06 remaining in the first. There's a chance we'll see some Leonard vs. Giannis matchups, but most of the team, Budenholzer will defend Kawhi with Middleton. It's a very deep team, a very good team. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 103.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 96 points on 41.3 percent shooting.

The Bible of Baseball points to the Bucks depth, defence and perimeter shooting as the reason they're favourites.

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum shoots over Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (left) and center Nikola Jokic in the second quarter in Game 7 of the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday.

"You're always talking about spacing with both offence and defence", Nurse said.

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