Match: Toronto Raptors contre Milwaukee Bucks
Registers: Rapaces (50-19), Bucks (55-15)
Where to look
Date: Monday August 10
TV: Sportsnet ONE (Canada), ESPN (America)
Location: The Field House, Orlando, Floride
Fresh off Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies, the Toronto Raptors are back in action on Monday as they face the Milwaukee Bucks in the second end of a straight game.
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This is the third and final regular season meeting between these two teams and the Raptors are chasing their first win over the Bucks since Game 6 of last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.
It’s unclear how head coaches Mike Budenholzer and Nick Nurse will handle this game as Milwaukee clinched the East seed and Toronto locked in the second seed. The Bucks have announced that Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play and according to the official NBA injury report, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet are listed as questionable.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is out (Dent; Oral Surgery) for tonight’s game against the Toronto Raptors. pic.twitter.com/eeHn2hseSi
– Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) 10 août 2020
As such, these two teams have nothing to play with when it comes to the standings and these coaches will likely avoid showing their hand, as a rematch of the Eastern Conference Finals between the two teams is a real possibility. .
Will available starters see limited minutes? Will we see each team opt for an extended rotation? In some ways it might feel like a preseason game.
No matter who is on the pitch, these teams will stick to their principles, which is defensively, the Bucks will continue to pack the paint and essentially make the Raptors beat them from the perimeter. The last time the two teams met, Toronto attempted a season 52 record 3, connecting on 18 of them (34.6%).
For perspective, the Raptors are trying 36.9 3s per game, but have attempted 88 in two games against the Bucks this year. Milwaukee’s opponents are averaging 39.5 3-point attempts per game this season.
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After five tough quarterbacks, Toronto shot 14 for 30 (46.7%) in the final three quarters of their win over Memphis. Monday night’s game is the perfect opportunity for the Raptors to build on that shooting performance with just three tune-ups before the playoffs start.
At this point, wins and losses are largely inconsequential, it’s about being in the best possible position for playoff success. The Raps will look to come up with a performance to build on when they face the Bucks.
From 5:30 p.m. on August 10
Oshae Brissett (right knee) – Out
Serge Ibaka (right knee) – Out
Kyle Lowry (lower back) – questionable
Patrick McCaw (left knee) – Out
Fred VanVleet (right knee) – Out
Giannis Antetokounmpo (buccal surgery) – Out
- Over the past two seasons, Milwaukee and Toronto have the first and second-best cumulative regular-season winning percentages, respectively.
- The Bucks (118.9 points per game) lead the league in scores and are the second-best performing team in the past 35 seasons.
- Milwaukee ranks first in the NBA for Net Rating (10.0), Defensive Rating (102.3), Bounces Per Game (51.8), eFG% (0.553) and Opp. FG% (0.413)
- It’s a battle of the top two ranked defenses in the NBA, as the Raptors boast a defensive score of 104.7.
- Toronto ranks first in the NBA’s Opp. MGF (37.9), Opp. 3P% (.335) and Opp. PPG (106.3).
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is finalist for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
- Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam were teammates of Team Giannis in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
- This game features the last two NBA G League MVPs – Raptors Chris Boucher (2019) and Bucks Frank Mason III (2020).
The last time they played
Date: February 25, 2020
But: Bucks 108, Raptors 97
Bucks: Khris Middleton – 22 PTS (7-14 FG), 8 REB, 3 AST
Guys: Pascal Siakam – 22 PTS (6-14 FG), 6 REB, 3 AST
x – Place in the knockout stages
o – Eliminated from the Playoffs contention
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