The All-Star break is just around the corner, but it’s not time for the Raptors (37-15) to start getting in vacation mode.
On Thursday, January 31st the Milwaukee Bucks (35-13) come to Toronto for one of the key match-ups of the week.
This game will help break the tie for first place in the eastern conference, as well as determine whether the Bucks can finish the season-series with the Raptors at a tie, or if they will walk away 3-1 from their last matchup for the season.
On October 29th the Bucks beat the Raptors 124-109 while missing All-Star and MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo. On December 9th, Giannis was back and helped take the series lead 2-0 by dropping 19 points and taking the game 104-99. On January 5th, despite dropping a game-high 43 points, the Raptors walked away with their first win of the series 123-116. Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam scored 30 points apiece.
The Bucks have been 8-2 in their last ten games with a point differential of +9.6.
The Raptors have gone 7-3 in their last ten games with a point differential of +5.4. The Raptors are favored +180 to win on Thursday.
Behind the scenes:
Both organizations are 2/4 teams interested in making a move for Pelicans’ Anthony Davis before the trade deadline. Although the Raptors have come out the past two playoff matches against the Bucks on top, if these two teams face off after a successful trade with the Pelicans, it will be a completely different game.