Bucks vs. Raptors Game 1 Betting Preview: How Important Is Milwaukee’s Rest Advantage?


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May 15, 2019, 06:10 PM EDT

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds

  • Spread: Bucks -6
  • Over/Under: 217.5
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • TV Channel: TNT

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The Raptors needed a Kawhi Leonard series-winning buzzer-beater to escape Round 2, while the Bucks have been off for a while.

Will that rest disparity matter in Game 1? Our analysts discuss.

Betting Trends to Know

In the Conference Semifinals against the Sixers, Toronto exorcised some of its Game 1 demons by beating Philly 108-95 as a 6.5-point favorite. Still a good reminder: Toronto is 4-13 against-the-spread (ATS) in Game 1 of playoff series in franchise history, including 1-6 straight-up on the road. Since the 2014 playoffs, the Raptors are 2-9 ATS in Game 1s, failing to cover the spread by 9.7 points per game. – Evan Abrams

Did You Know? The Raptors and Bucks enter the Conference Finals both with a win percentage of 70% or higher — one of the most anticipated Conference Finals in the East in some time. In fact, it is the first Eastern Conference Finals with two teams at that win threshold since the 2011 Finals between the Bulls and Heat, a series won by the favored Heat in five games. – Abrams

The Bucks (-310) are favored to beat the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the last decade, only two series underdogs have won a Conference Finals (2-18 overall): the 2012 Oklahoma City Thunder (+175) over the San Antonio Spurs and the 2010 Boston Celtics (+220) over the Orlando Magic. Both teams failed to win an NBA title that season. – Abrams

The Bucks eliminated the Celtics in five games last Wednesday. Milwaukee has had seven days to prepare for the start of the Eastern Conference finals. The extra rest should be a benefit to Giannis & Co.: Since 2005, home teams in the playoffs with at least four days between games have gone 103-60 (63.4%) ATS. – John Ewing

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