The Eastern Conference Finals feature the top-two seeds, as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 on Wednesday. The Bucks are well-rested, while the Raptors are still recovering from the emotional rollercoaster that was Kawhi Leonard’s game-winning shot in Game 7 on Sunday. Check out our NBA betting rundown for the best bets of the night.
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Milwaukee Bucks To COVER (-6) vs. Toronto Raptors
The Bucks have played the fewest number of games among the final four teams remaining, which has awarded them plenty of time to rest ahead of tonight’s Game 1. Not to mention, they are 8-1 (88.9) against the spread this postseason, which is 22.2 percent better than the next-best playoff team and nearly 40 percent better than Toronto (50.0). The game will also take place at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, where the Bucks were 61.4 percent ATS this season, which was second-best in the league. On the other hand, Toronto was just 46.7 percent ATS on the road this season. Milwaukee is also 61.3 percent ATS as the favorite and 61.9 percent ATS as the home favorite. In addition, the Bucks are 24-14 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 30-18 ATS after a win by 10 points or more this season. On the flip side, Toronto is just 1-9 ATS in road games after allowing 90 points or fewer over the last two seasons.
Rest and depth could play a huge factor for the Bucks in this one. Also, the return of former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon will be pivotal for Milwaukee. He played 17 minutes in Game 5 against Boston, tallying 10 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds in his first game back from injury. Of course, the matchup to keep an eye on will be Giannis Antetokounmpo versus Kawhi Leonard. Leonard averaged nearly 35 points per game during the seven-game series against Philadelphia. With that being said, the Bucks won the regular season series 3-1. The truth is, Milwaukee finished the season with the best record in the league and as the best cover team in the NBA, so consider taking the home team in this one.