Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/18/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+3.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (16-12) host the Toronto Raptors (13-15) at Fiserv Forum on Thursday. The spread on this contest has Milwaukee as 3.5-point favorites. The total is set at 227.
The Toronto Raptors faced off with the Bucks and notched a win by a score of 124-113 in their last contest. Toronto ended the contest with a 50.5% FG percentage (46 out of 91) and knocked down 17 of 43 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 15 of 21 shots for a rate of 71.4%. When talking about grabbing boards, they collected 44 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 25 dimes for this contest while having 8 steals and 6 blocks. When discussing the defense, Toronto allowed their opponent to shoot 48.2% from the field on 40 out of 83 shooting. Milwaukee distributed 25 assists and had 10 steals for the game. In addition, the Bucks snagged 41 rebounds (5 offensive, 36 defensive) and added 5 rejections. Milwaukee finished the game at 76.0% from the free throw line by converting 19 of their 25 tries. They buried 14 out of their 37 shots from 3-point land.
Fred VanVleet is one guy who played a role in this game. He ended up scoring 33 points on 12 of 22 shooting. He played for 38:49 minutes played and snagged 4 rebounds. VanVleet finished the game shooting 54.5% from the floor and earned 7 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Raptors was Pascal Siakam. He pulled down 13 rebounds and also collected 6 dimes. He finished shooting 34.8% from the floor for the contest via 8-of-23 (23 points). When the final whistle was blown, Siakam was on the court for 38:46 minutes.
Toronto enters this one with a record of 13-15 for the season. They are turning it over 13.9 times per game and as a unit are committing 22.1 fouls every game. As a unit, Toronto is snagging 42.1 rebounds per contest and has accumulated 699 assists so far this year, which is 9th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Raptors are hitting 38.6% on shots beyond the perimeter (439 of 1,136) and 82.0% from the free throw line. They are averaging 114.3 pts per contest (11th in basketball) while going 45.3% from the field. Defensively, the Raptors are forcing 16.9 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 personal fouls. The Raptors defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 46.0% (473 of 551) and they surrender 44.7 boards per game as a squad. They rank 27th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 746 surrendered on the season. They are giving up 37.8% on 3-pointers and they rank 15th in basketball in opponents points per game (112.1).
In their loss to Toronto, the Bucks earned 36 defensive boards and 5 offensive boards totaling 41 for the game. They stuffed 5 shots while getting 10 steals in this game. The Raptors were called for 18 fouls for the contest which got the Bucks to the free throw line for 25 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of those for a rate of 76.0%. In the matter of 3-point shots, Milwaukee made 14 out of 37 tries (37.8%). Overall, the Bucks walked away from this one shooting 40 out of 83 from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.2%. The Bucks permitted the Raptors to knock down 46 out of 91 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 50.5% in the game. They shot 39.5% from distance by shooting 17 of 43 and finished the contest at 15 of 21 from the free throw line (71.4%). In reference to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee permitted Toronto to get 44 overall (8 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up having an impact for the Bucks in the game. He knocked down 11 of 20 in this contest for a field goal rate of 55.0%, which gave him 34 points. Antetokounmpo grabbed 10 rebounds in his 37:17 minutes of time on the hardwood and had 8 dimes for this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Donte DiVincenzo. He notched 12 points in 31:57 minutes played via 5 of 14 shooting for this contest. DiVincenzo walked away from this one going 35.7% from the field while also contributing 8 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 16-12 this season. The Bucks are committing 18.2 fouls per game while shooting 73.2% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 26.5 times per game (7th in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per contest. Milwaukee has scored 3,373 points this season (120.5 per contest) and they snag 47.6 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bucks are connecting on 49.1% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the league. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 21st in basketball in points per game surrendered with 113.0. They have given up 24.3 dimes and 43.0 boards per game, which has them ranked 13th and 10th in the league. The Milwaukee defense concedes 38.8% on shots from behind the 3-point line (407 of 1,050) and opponents are knocking down 77.6% of their free throw attempts. They have forced 13.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 45.7% from the field (9th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (+3.5)
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