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Predictions For Raptors Bucks Betting – Raptors Try To Make Desperate Playoff Chase

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/27/2013 5:50:48 PM

The Toronto Raptors are steadily gaining ground on the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but will their legs hold up this Saturday night?

Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks – Saturday, March 2
Sport betting line: No line

Why Toronto Will Win

When the best online betting sites size up this game, they won't have to come up with overly complex reasons for going with the Raptors. Toronto has simply been a better team in the month of February when compared to Milwaukee, and it's not even close. Milwaukee has endured a 10-game stretch in which it won only twice. The Bucks are not winning close games because their defense is simply too unreliable. They acquired J.J. Redick just before the trade deadline to boost their offense, but they've been giving up 100 points or more on too many nights, and when they don't give up 100, they're still conceding north of 96 points on a routine basis.

Toronto, on the other hand, reeled off five straight wins from Feb. 8 through Feb. 19, as it has moved within five games of Milwaukee in the East. The Raptors are quickly closing in on Philadelphia for ninth place in the conference, and they should be able to do so in due time, but catching Milwaukee will be the true challenge. The Raptors are up for it, now that they have scoring force Rudy Gay on their roster. This team likes playing with Gay and allows him the ability to freelance in endgame situations. Toronto has the best player on the floor in the final minutes; if the game is close, the Raptors can prevail.

Why Milwaukee Will Win

This is not high-stakes poker, but NBA basketball demands the ability to ride out a series of bad hands and wait for the moment when the cards fall in just the right order. That's very much the outlook Milwaukee should bring into this game. The Bucks lost two wrenchingly close contests to the Brooklyn Nets to begin the second half of the NBA season, but in this game, the intangibles line up in favor of Milwaukee, to the extent that the eighth team in the Eastern Conference playoff picture should be able to bolster its position here. Plainly put, the Bucks are getting a very big gift from the NBA schedule maker in this tilt.

Milwaukee will not have played since Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Houston, while Toronto will enter this contest after having hosted the Indiana Pacers on Friday, March 1. Getting two extra days of rest and playing at home, all while facing Toronto at a time when the Raptors will be playing the second part of a back-to-back set, should give Milwaukee an enormous advantage when tip time arrives. The Bucks should definitely be able to wear down the Raptors in the third and fourth quarters.

Who Will Win

This is a game that, on the raw merits of each team, should be close. Toronto has steadily been getting better this season, while Milwaukee is drifting a bit and is not being very convincing in hanging onto the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. However, a two-day surplus of rest and the Raptors' nasty back-to-back set of games suggest that Milwaukee will be able to pull away in the fourth quarter. This is just not a good setup for Toronto, no matter how you spin this game.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Milwaukee


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