Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks: Match Preview and Predictions - 2 November 2019
- Giannis Antetokounmpo has placed himself as the anchor of the Bucks' offensive end.
Date and time: Saturday, 2nd November 2019 (8:00 PM ET)
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Last game results
Toronto Raptors (4-1): 125-113 victory over the Detroit Pistons (30 October, Wednesday)
Milwaukee Bucks (2-2): 105-116 loss to the Boston Celtics (30 October, Wednesday)
Toronto Raptors preview
Despite being the defending champs, the Toronto Raptors have failed to generate a lot of excitement entering into their 2019-20 campaign. With Kawhi Leonard's exit, their odds to lift the title again have plummeted dramatically.
Nevertheless, they are en route to clock another decent regular season, having won 4 of their first 5 matchups. As a unit, they are shooting over 46% from the field and are placed as a promising 3rd seed on the East standings.
Key Player - Pascal Siakam
Pascal Siakam won the Most Improved Player award to cap an unforgettable title run. Now that the squad is heavily reliant on his skills for consistent production on the offensive end, he is evolving into a major contributor.
'Spicy P' is averaging a career-high 28 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as he begins his journey to become the go-to man of the franchise. As an added bonus, he is attempting over 5 three-point shots per game and converting an impressive 44.4% from downtown.
Raptors predicted lineup
Kyle Lowry, OG Anunoby, Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet
Milwaukee Bucks preview
The Milwaukee Bucks posted the league's best win-loss record this past season but failed to build on it in the playoffs.
Reeling from the agony of a heartbreaking end to their dream run, the Bucks are yet to make a noticeable mark this year. They have lost two of their four games so far, after posting a convincing win in the season opener against Houston Rockets.
As a unit, Giannis and Co are shooting almost 60% (league-leading) from inside the arc at the start of their redemption campaign.
Key Player - Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo has placed himself as the anchor of the Bucks offensive end. Along with his highlight dunks and monster statlines on offense, the Greek Freak is also managing to average 8 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.8 blocks per game this season.
Shooting 54.5% from the floor, the reigning MVP is scoring almost 24 points on average along with pulling down a career-best 13.5 boards across the four matchups played so far.
Bucks predicted lineup
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Eric Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews
Raptors vs Bucks Match Prediction
The surging Raptors pose a credible threat to the free-flowing Bucks offense. However, Milwaukee are tougher than what their current record suggests, and will likely draw fuel off the home crowd to subdue the visitors.
Where to watch Raptors vs Bucks?
This clash can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and SN1. You can also stream the game live with the NBA League Pass.Published 02 Nov 2019, 03:02 IST