Sunday NBA: Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks- Betting Preview

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Time: 8:30 PM ET, Apr 5, 2014
Spread: TOR -7
Total: 196

Betting odds courtesy of 5dimes

The Toronto Raptors hold the third spot in the East due to a tiebreaker with the Chicago Bulls.

The Raptors are 44-32 on the season and will be seven point favorites in Milwaukee as it faces the worst team in the East., according to NBA oddsmakers at 5dimes.

The Raptors pulled a big win over an Eastern foe when it dispatched the Pacers 102-94 on Friday (Apr 4) night. Terrence Ross scored 24 and Jonas Valanciunas destroyed Roy Hibbert. Valanciunas had 24 points and nine rebounds while the East’s All-Star center Hibbert had just 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting and a pathetic two rebounds.

The Raptors made a statement with the win; the Pacers struggle notwithstanding, and the team has a well-rounded unit that could surprise in the playoffs.

Milwaukee has essentially been the laughingstock of the league. Former DPOY candidate Larry Sanders just failed a drug test for marijuana, and the Bucks really have nothing going for them other than the potential of Greek rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo, and he’s years away from reaching his potential.

Brandon Knight and O.J. Mayo have paled as a backcourt in comparison to Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and even that pairing was not exactly the kind of efficiency which promoted a high winning percentage. Mayo has looked remarkably apathetic this season, and is seeing just under 26 minutes a game, after having a breakout campaign in Dallas last season.

TOR Trends: 6-1 ATS in last 7 Saturday games; OVER 5-1 in last 6 following ATS win; OVER 7-2 in last 9 on 0 days rest.

MIL Trends: UNDER 4-0 in last 4 home games; UNDER 4-0 in last 4 after allowing 100 points or more in previous game; OVER 13-3 in last 16 following ATS loss.

Head-to-head:  UNDER 5-1 in last 6 meetings in Milwaukee; Raptors 4-11 ATS in last 15 meetings.

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