The Raptors are back in action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida, as they start a three-game home stand, beginning with tonight’s matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Toronto will be looking to bounce back tonight, after a lackluster performance on Monday resulted in a 129-114 loss in their second game of a back-to-back against Indiana. While putting forth a great defensive effort in the first matchup on Sunday, the 129 points allowed on Monday was a season high .
Tonight’s matchup will be the Raptors’ first meeting against Milwaukee this season, having last played them in the bubble this past summer. The Bucks, led by superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, come into the contest with a 10-6 record, sitting at 3rd place in what is a packed Eastern Conference.
Following his second consecutive MVP award last season, Antetokounmpo continues to be one of the best players in the league, averaging 27.0 points per game this year, good for eighth in the association.
After starting 3-3, the Bucks have been on a roll, winning seven out of their last ten games and bolstering one of the top offenses in the NBA. Milwaukee is a top ten offense in nearly every metric, averaging 120.1 PPG and nearly 45 field goals made per game on an astounding 49% efficiency from the field.
Expect for there to be a lot of shots from beyond the arch in tonight’s matchup, as both the Bucks and Raptors rank in the top four in three point shots made this season. The acquisition of Jrue Holiday paired with Khris Middleton and Donte DiVincenzo make the Bucks one of the best perimeter teams in the NBA. The Raptors will also have to watch for big Brook Lopez, who also has the ability to shoot from three-point range.
Given the Bucks’ talent on offense, key to the Raptors success tonight will be their team defense. Especially that of Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and Stanley Johnson, who should see an increased role if Pascal Siakam remains out. Siakam has missed the past two games and his status for tonight remains unknown.
After a rough final minute on Monday that resulted in both Nick Nurse and Kyle Lowry receiving technical fouls, the Raptors will look for a statement win tonight against the Bucks, with tip-off scheduled for 7:30 pm, EST.