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Both teams expected to meet from the Eastern Conference Finals will do just that beginning tonight when the Toronto Raptors travel to Milwaukee for the opening game of this collection. The total opened at 218 and is now 217.5 with two-thirds of the wagers coming in on the under in a small surprise, as the public tends to like overs, but not so far in this one.
The surprising thing in relation to the total is not the number of wagers on the under, but instead is the absence of motion, as.5 is not that big of a movement considering the number of wagers, especially for a playoff game in which greater bettors are involved on a regular basis.
The teams were pretty inconsistent with their regular season matches, as the Bucks won the first game 124-109, but escaped using a 104-99 victory in Toronto in the rematch. The Raptors came away with a 123-116 victory in Milwaukee and the Bucks took the season series with a 105-92 win in Toronto in January, so it’s been 3.5 months since the teams faced off.
There are a couple of different ways of looking at this one, with the most evident being the 2 games played in Milwaukee were definitely the two highest-scoring games the teams have played with, while the two in Toronto were defensive conflicts.
The first game found 198 attempted field objectives, which has been easily the greatest of those 3 games, as the others saw 181, 163 and 172. There were 27 and 30 combined free throws attempted in the two games that landed beneath the total and 47 and 58 foul shots shot in both games that landed on the number, so yet again, a correlation between free throws and overs comes into play.
With the Bucks stinking it up offensively from the Celtics, have to believe they’ll put a little more focus on crime here, but the secret is the way the Raptors strategy the match, since they lost both low-scoring games and split the two that watched more points, so can view Toronto attempting to play in a quicker tempo. Toronto added Gasol since the Bucks saw them last, while Milwaukee added Mirotic in the deadline.
A bit of a game that is difficult to get a handle on, but likely to have a shot on the over. Can’t ignore the two games played in Milwaukee and would not be surprised to find that the Raptors try to fit Milwaukee on the scoreboard.
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Two matches on the slate, where the two favorites to win each summit, Milwaukee and Golden State, are anticipating the winners to acquire the conference finals started.
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