BUCKS PREGAME REPORT: Toronto Raptors Vs. Milwaukee Bucks - Game 1 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals (05/15/19)
tiger pregame preview
Here we go! Eastern Conference Finals baby! After a game 1 scare vs. the Boston Celtics in the Semi Finals the Bucks took care of business and disposed the Celtics in only 5 games winning the next for games convincingly. In fact, it wasn’t even really close. The entire NBA has underrated the Bucks the entire regular season. Fortunately though, the NBA has finally woken up and is realizing now that the Bucks are real force that seems destined to win the whole damn thing this season! Let’s get into tonight’s game though.
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Match Up: Raptors (0-0) Vs. Bucks (0-0)
Game Time: Wednesday May 15th, 2019 > 7:30PM CT
Game Location: Fiserv Forum • Milwaukee, WI
TV Channels: TNT / SN1/E/O/W/P
Radio: 620 AM/103.3 FM WTMJ / 790 AM
Vegas Spread: Bucks -6.5
Vegas O/U: 218.5
Money Line: Bucks -280 / Raptors +230
tiger pregame analysis
The Milwaukee Bucks have made it the Eastern Conference Finals and now face the team I thought we’d face: the Toronto Raptors. Let’s face it, the Raptors are a damn good basketball team. But the Milwaukee Bucks are a juggernaut basketball team. When basketball media “experts” considered the top 5 teams in the Eastern conference all being in the same tier…this frankly was just never true. The Bucks have been in a tier 1 all by themselves since the start of the season and I’d even consider putting the Raptors in a tier 2 all by themselves as well. The Bucks have had the Raptors number all season long and I don’t see things playing out much differently in this series.
On paper the Bucks look far superior statistically and roster wise it’s the same. Giannis is unstoppable right now and playing a brand of basketball that is making everyone around him better as well. Kahwi is having a heck of a playoffs as well so this is going to be a juicy matchup. The Bucks bench has been lights out and this is where the Bucks just have a major advantage over the Raptors. The Bucks can plug in just about anyone and get great contributions. Pat Connaughton and George Hill were amazing in this last series against the Celtics and I expect more of the same! The Raptors have some solid players on the bench but not nearly the caliber of the Bucks and not nearly as deep as well.
I really like the way the Bucks match up against this Raptors team. Marc Gasol is a really good player but he’s going to be a liability on defense having to matchup against the Bucks bigs on the perimeter. On the other end of the floor I don’t see anyone on the Raptors’ offense who is going to be able to break through the Bucks defense in the paint. This isn’t an amazing shooting team either and really that is what it takes to beat the Bucks (especially in a 7 game series!). Good luck Toronto. I won’t be surprised if the Bucks come out really strong and hungry in this first game.
TIGER PREGAME PREDICTION
I’m going to be a little bit bullish on my Bucks and call a border line blowout here. The game 1 home loss against the Celtics is going to resonate heavily in their minds and I don’t believe they will let that happen again. The Bucks have had some solid rest and Brogdon is back which is ENORMOUS. The Bucks are going to be in full throttle and show their dominance in the first game of this series is the way I see it.
Final Verdict = (L) Raptors 103 @ (W) Bucks 120
TIGER’S Calling It…
“BUCKS BY 17.”
TIGERS FINAL TAKE
I can’t freaking wait for this game. The Bucks are going to be ready to roll and ready to dumbfound this mentally fragile Raptors team. I know it. And I think the Bucks will show it. It’s the Easter Conference Finals homies. Get tuned in! GO BUCKS! BUCKS IN THE FINALS! BUCKS IN 6!