NBA Best Bets: Raptors Host Surging Bucks as Home Underdogs

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NBA Best Bets: Raptors Host Surging Bucks as Home Underdogs

The Toronto Raptors will be aiming to snap a three-game losing streak when they entertain the visiting Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday as 5-point underdogs on the NBA odds at Bet99. The Raptors’ scoring woes continued with Tuesday’s 98-91 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies that also marks their tenth straight-up defeat in their past 13 contests. The Bucks arrive in town on the heels of a narrow 127-125 comeback victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday that extended their current straight-up win streak to eight games.

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NBA Odds - Bucks vs RaptorsBet99
Milwaukee Bucks-5 (1.95)
Toronto Raptors+5 (1.86)

Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 vs Toronto Raptors

Team Records
Raptors: 9-13 SU, 8-14 ATS (12th place, Eastern Conference)
Bucks: 13-8 SU, 10-11 ATS (5th place, Eastern Conference)

Bucks vs Raptors Betting Trends

Thursday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena marks the first of three meetings between these two teams this season, and the Bucks’ first visit to Toronto since January 2021. Since emerging triumphant in six games in their entertaining Eastern Conference final matchup in 2019, the Raptors have continued to hold the edge over Milwaukee in head-to-head action. The Raptors claimed SU victory in two of three dates with the defending champions last season, capped by back-to-back upset wins as road underdogs in mid-February.

However, the club has struggled to post consistent results when facing Milwaukee as the home team, losing outright in two straight outings since their epic playoff clash, and going 0-4 SU and ATS in the Bucks’ past four trips to Scotiabank Arena. Recent regular-season meetings have also tended to be low scoring, with the UNDER paying out in seven of their past nine. The home team has also been a massive betting disappointment when these two teams meet in the regular season, tallying up dismal 2-10 SU and 0-12 ATS records.

News & Notes

The Raptors turned in yet another dismal offensive performance in Tuesday’s 98-91 loss to the Grizzlies as 3-point home chalk. The team never led after sputtering out of the gate, racking up just 39 first-half points including a feeble 18-point first quarter. Converting less than 40% of field goal attempts for the second time in as many games, Toronto shooters have now averaged just 95 points per game during their current 0-3 SU run.

That low scoring has paid dividends for sports bettors taking the UNDER, which has now paid out in two straight games. But it has done nothing to help the Raptors overcome their recent struggles on home hardwood, where they have now lost SU and ATS in five straight while averaging just 102.6 points per game.

Conversely, the Bucks have enjoyed a resurgence since opening their schedule on a shaky 6-8 SU run. Perched among the top NBA championship betting picks on opening night, Milwaukee has now won eight straight after escaping with a 127-125 victory over the visiting Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. The Bucks trailed by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before embarking on a second-half comeback, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Greek Freak drained a game-high 40 points and added 12 rebounds, and has now recorded double-doubles in five of his past seven outings.

The Bucks have taken to running up the score as their win streak has progressed, and have now averaged 12o points per game over their past five outings. The OVER has paid out over their past three outings, but Wednesday’s sluggish resulted in their first loss ATS in five outings.

Best Bet: Bucks -5 (1.95) at Bet99

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Raptors Betting Update

Following Thursday’s contest, the Raptors will enjoy two days off before resuming their current seven-game homestand against the visiting Washington Wizards on Sunday. The club split a pair of meetings with the Wizards earlier this season, rebounding to claim a 109-100 win in Washington on November 3 after dropping a 98-83 decision as 2.5-point home chalk on opening night.

However, the Raptors enjoy a golden opportunity to flip the script on their current woeful run on home court with a trio of winnable matchups next week. The freefalling Oklahoma City Thunder visit town next Friday. That contest is followed by dates with the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings, two teams the club has held a clear edge over in recent meetings in Toronto.