The Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks for Game 4 tonight with a chance to even the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2.
The Raptors took care of business at home in Game 3, needing double-overtime to fend off the East's No. 1 seed. It was only the Bucks' second loss of the playoffs, leaving them with a still remarkably impressive 10-2 record.
Trailing 2-1 in the series, the Raptors desperately need to take Game 4 at home. But what are their chances at doing so?
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Well, if Milwaukee can play to the level they have all season following a loss, it doesn't bode well for Toronto.
According to TSN's Josh Lewenberg, the Bucks are 22-1 this season (regular season and playoffs) following a loss. This is the best record following a loss in NBA history.
Take a look at the results in each game following a loss for Milwaukee this season.
|Opponent||Result and Score||Margin of Victory|
|vs. Kings||W, 144-109||35|
|at Warriors||W, 134-111||23|
|at Nuggets||W, 121-114||7|
|vs. Bulls||W, 123-104||19|
|vs. Spurs||W, 135-129||6|
|vs. Bulls||W, 116-113||3|
|vs. Pistons||W, 115-92||23|
|at Raptors||W, 104-99||5|
|at Cavaliers||W, 114-102||12|
|at Knicks||W, 109-95||14|
|vs. Jazz||W, 114-102||12|
|at Hawks||W, 133-114||19|
|at Pistons||W, 115-105||10|
|at Bulls||W, 112-99||13|
|at Suns||L, 114-105||-9|
|vs. Pacers||W, 117-98||19|
|at Pelicans||W, 130-113||17|
|vs. Lakers||W, 115-101||14|
|vs. Heat||W, 116-87||29|
|at Nets||W, 131-121||10|
|vs. Hawks||W, 115-107||8|
|vs. Pistons*||W, 121-86||35|
|vs. Celtics*||W, 123-102||21|
*Indicates playoff game
17 of those 22 wins were by double digits and their average margin of victory following a loss is 15 points. 12 of the wins were at home and 10 of the wins were on the road - if they lost the contest before they were almost certainly winning the next one and the location did not matter.
And those aren't the only fascinating footnotes from the Bucks' impressive run this season.
They have only lost back-to-back games once - it took 64 games to happen and it occurred on the final two games of a five game road trip during the back end of the season.
They only lost to two teams - the Oklahoma City Thunder and Phoenix Suns - multiple times. While there's no real excuse for dropping two to the Suns, their second loss against the Thunder came on the final game of the NBA season and the Bucks sat nearly their entire regular rotation.
The odds don't stack up great for the Raptors, but these are not things the players take into account anyway.
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Toronto is in must-win territory again, trying to tie things up to make it a best-of-three series to reach the NBA Finals.