Bucks vs. Raptors Odds, Betting Picks & Predictions: Should You Bet Milwaukee on Back-to-Back?
Photo credit: Stacy Revere/Getty Images. Pictured: Giannis Antetokounmpo and OG Anunoby
- Updated Bucks vs. Raptors odds list Milwaukee on a 1.5-point favorite at Toronto after an overtime win last night.
- This is just the fifth time the Bucks have been favored by three or fewer points, and they're just 1-3 ATS in that spot.
- Our staff gives their Bucks vs. Raptors picks for Tuesday night's game.
Bucks at Raptors Odds, Betting Picks & Predictions
- Spread: Bucks -1.5
- Over/Under: 231.5
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV: TNT
The Raptors won Sunday by nearly 50 points against a reeling Pacers team, and the Bucks are coming off an overtime game last night against the Wizards.
Will that rest advantage be meaningful tonight? Our experts break it down below.
Betting Trends to Know
The Bucks are one-point favorites in Toronto. This is just the fifth game this season that Milwaukee has been favored by three or fewer points. In the previous four games, Giannis and Co. went 1-3 ATS.
The Raptors are 23-7 straight-up and 19-11 ATS at Scotiabank Arena this season. — John Ewing
Sharp Action Report
The public is on the Bucks and the under, which are getting 57% and 52% of the bets, respectively. But the Raptors are actually getting 59% of the total money wagered on the spread, and the over is receiving 70% of the money.
As a result, the spread hasn’t budged and the over has actually moved up a half-point since opening at 231.
Our Sports Insight Bet Signals highlight just how sharps are getting down on this huge Eastern Conference game …
Given what we know about the bets vs. money disparity, seeing steam on the over isn’t too surprising. It dipped after opening due to public money and then sharps gobbled up that lower number.
It is interesting to see the amount of steam on the Bucks: They’ve been hit at -1.5 and then again twice at -1. It might be the case that sharps are somewhat divided on this spread: There’s steam on the Bucks but also heavier money than bets on the Raptors.
Moore: Buy Bucks on Back-to-Back?
This is a titanic matchup. These two teams are obviously great; they match up well against one another. It can go either way; the line is rightfully tight.
It’s a tough nut to crack, and I’ll be honest, I’ll have stronger feelings about how this matchup will go after this one (and the rest of the regular season matchups) than I do now.
But for now, let’s look at this: On rest disadvantage, the Bucks are 9-5 ATS this season and 6-1 on the second night of a back-to-back. The Raptors with rest advantage are 3-9. The Bucks played last night and had to go to overtime vs. the Wizards, but Mike Budenholzer was able to keep minutes relatively under control. Giannis Antetokounmpo played only 24 minutes. Khris Middleton did play 40-plus, though.
The big test in this game is essentially if Pascal Siakam can replace Kawhi Leonard as the primary defender on Giannis. Antetokounmpo was 4-of-6 for nine points with Siakam defending him in the first game this season. He went 3-of-5 against Serge Ibaka, and everyone else struggled. It’s Giannis. It’s tough.
Additionally, in their seven back-to-backs this season, the Bucks have scored an average of 123 points per contest. The Bucks’ total is 116.5. I’ll take that over all other bets and hope that if the Raptors start going buck wild from 3 again as they did in the playoffs, that overtime might be able to save me.
THE PICK: Bucks over 116.5
Editor’s note: The opinions on this game are from the individual writers and are based on their research, analysis and perspective. They are independent of, and may not always match with, the algorithm-driven Best Bets from Sports Insights.