Toronto Raptors - Milwaukee Bucks predictions and free betting tips [01/11/2023]
On Thursday morning, the Toronto Raptors will host the Milwaukee Bucks in an NBA regular-season game.
The Raptors secured their first win of the season against Portland, even though their offensive play was far from perfect. They scored 91 points, largely due to a poor execution of long-range shots — just 4 out of 29. The Raptors had a poor second half, scoring only 41 points. Toronto needs improvement on their offensive efficiency despite efforts from Gary Trent Jr., who had a quiet night with just three points.
However, their defensive qualities are to be commended. Defence has been a key aspect of their game, especially considering Barnes marked 10 blocks after four games. They succeeded in disrupting opponents' mid-range shots and forced a lot of misses from the arc. Still, they need to improve their offensive game to achieve consistent victories.
After playing their first three home games, the Milwaukee Bucks have had a good start to the season, winning two out of the three matches. In total, the Bucks made 50% of their field goals. They have also improved their three-point shooting compared to the last season. The situation for Milwaukee is not all smooth, though. They committed 14 turnovers and rank 28th in the league for turnovers. Without Jrue Holiday, their defensive performance is lacklustre, conceding 119.3 points per game on average. What's concerning is that the Bucks allow opponents to make 71.2% of their shots from the field and 41.5% from beyond the arc, which are amongst the worst stats in the league. Forced misses from high-efficiency zones are their main issue.
Opponents score 71.2% from the field and 41.5% from the arc. These are the 27th and 30th worst stats in the league, respectively. The Bucks make a lot of free throws, but teams they've faced so far do not contribute to this. To have success, the Bucks need to improve their defence, specifically their rim protection and three-point defence. Despite this, their offensive capability and ability to force errors from opponents do give hope for a successful season.
This game will be the fifth meeting of the teams in 2023, with the Bucks winning 3 of the first 4 games.
Prediction for the match Toronto Raptors - Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks have shown a powerful offense and have dictated the terms on the court with confidence at the season's start. Despite issues with turnovers, the attack fronted by Lillard looks monstrous. The Bucks enter the match with an optimal lineup, while the Raptors will likely be without Precious Achiuwa. Having performed well in their first three games, culminating with a win against Heat, the Bucks are optimistic. On the other hand, the Raptors will be coming off three losses in a row, including a defeat to the Trail Blazers, who are in a rebuilding phase. All signs are pointing to the Bucks being the match favourites, and there is every reason to bet on their victory.