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The two teams expected to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals will do exactly that starting tonight when the Toronto Raptors travel to Milwaukee for the opening game of the series. The total opened at 218 and is currently 217.5 using two-thirds of this wagers coming in around the below in a bit of a surprise, since the public tends to like overs, but not so far in this one.
The most surprising thing with regard to the total isn’t the number of wagers on the beneath, but rather is the absence of motion, as.5 is not that big of a movement considering the number of wagers, especially to get a playoff game where more bettors are involved on a regular basis.
The teams were pretty inconsistent with their regular season games, as the Bucks won the first game 124-109, but then escaped using a 104-99 victory in Toronto from the rematch. The Raptors came off with a 123-116 success in Milwaukee and the Bucks took the season series with a 105-92 win in Toronto in January, so it has 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 two games played in Milwaukee were definitely the two highest-scoring games the teams have played, while both in Toronto were defensive struggles.
The first game saw 198 attempted field goals, which was easily the highest of those 3 matches, as others watched 181, 163 and 172. There were 27 and 30 combined free throws attempted in the two games which landed beneath the complete and 47 and 58 foul shots shot in the two games that landed over the number, so yet more, a correlation between free throws and overs comes into play.
Together with the Bucks stinking it up offensively from the Celtics, need to think they will put a little more focus on offense here, but the key is the way the Raptors approach the match, as they dropped both low-scoring matches and split both that watched more points, so can see Toronto attempting to play in a faster tempo. Toronto added Gasol since the Bucks saw them last, while Milwaukee added Mirotic at the deadline.
A small tough game to get a grip on, but going to take a shot the above. Can’t discount the 2 games played in Milwaukee and wouldn’t be surprised to see the Raptors attempt to match Milwaukee on the scoreboard.
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Two matches on today’s slate, where the two favorites to win each summit, Milwaukee and Golden State, are awaiting the winners to get the conference finals started.
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