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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Revisiting the Milwaukee Bucks regular season matchups with the Raptors and 76ers

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The Bucks await the winner of the series between the Raptors and Sixers (NBA Getty Images)

With a Game 5 win over the Boston Celtics, the No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks are headed to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001.

The Bucks now await the winner of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series between the No. 2 seed Raptors and No. 3 seed Sixers.

As Milwaukee boasted the league's best regular-season record in 2018-19, it had its fair share of success against both Toronto and Philadelphia, compiling a record of 5-2 against the two teams.

Let's revisit each of the Bucks' seven matchups with two of the East's elite…

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors (Bucks won season series 3-1)

Oct. 29, 2018, at Milwaukee: Bucks 124, Raptors 109

As both Giannis Antetokounmpo (concussion protocol) and Kawhi Leonard (load management) sat, Milwaukee used a balanced team effort to hand Toronto its first loss of the season.

Ersan Ilyasova led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Eric Bledsoe and Malcolm Brogdon each scored 17 points apiece and All-Star forward Khris Middleton shot 4-for-9 from beyond the arc to finish the game with 14 points and eight assists.

Serge Ibaka led the shorthanded Raptors with 30 points (on 12-for-21 shooting) while Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and four steals in the loss. Kyle Lowry shot 3-for-14 from the field for nine points but managed to dish out 15 assists and grab six rebounds.

Dec. 9, 2018, at Toronto: Bucks 104, Raptors 99

With both Giannis and Kawhi active for the second meeting, it became a true battle for Eastern Conference supremacy.

Milwaukee would again emerge victorious thanks to a balanced effort led by Antetokounmpo, who finished the night with 19 points, 19 rebounds and six assists. Six other Bucks would score at least nine points with Brook Lopez (19 points) and Malcolm Brogdon (18 points) providing the biggest boosts on the offensive end.

Serge Ibaka again led the way for Toronto, this time with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes of action. In his first meeting against the Bucks, Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to go along with eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Fred VanVleet scored 19 points off the bench and Pascal Siakam added 17 but Kyle Lowry was held scoreless in 34 minutes of action.

Jan. 5, 2019, at Milwaukee: Raptors 123, Bucks 116

Despite getting just five points from its bench, Toronto earned its lone win over Milwaukee at Fiserv.Forum just five days into the new year despite a big performance from Antetokounmpo.

Kawhi Leonard and Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 30 points apiece while Serge Ibaka continued his impressive play against the Bucks with 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists on the night. Danny Green scored 12 points in 40 minutes of action while Fred VanVleet finished with 21 points, eight assists and five rebounds as he started in place of Kyle Lowry.

In a losing effort, Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with a monster stat line of 43 points and 18 rebounds in 40 minutes of action. Malcolm Brogdon (15 points), Eric Bledsoe (14 points), Khris Middleton (14 points), Sterling Brown (11 points) and George Hill (11 points) all made solid contributions which ultimately weren't enough.

Jan. 31, 2019, at Toronto: Bucks 105, Raptors 92

In the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams, the Bucks again held the Raptors under 100 points in a road win that ended the team's 10-game win streak at Scotiabank Arena.

Again, Milwaukee used a balanced offensive attack to defeat Toronto led by 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists from Giannis Antetkounmpo. Led by 18 points from Khris Middleton, six Bucks outside of Antetokounmpo (Wilson, Bledsoe, Lopez, Brogdon and Hill) finished the game scoring in double figures.

Pascal Siakam led the way for the Raptors with 28 points (on 12-for-19 shooting) while Kawhi Leonard struggled from the field, scoring 16 points on 7-for-20 shooting. Serge Ibaka shot just 4-for-15 from the field but recorded a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double and the trio of Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell each scored 10 points apiece.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Philadelphia 76ers (Bucks won season series 2-1)

Oct. 24, 2018, at Milwaukee: Bucks 123, 76ers 108

Just one week into the 2018-19 regular season, Milwaukee hosted a much-different Philadelphia roster that still featured Robert Covington, Markelle Fultz, Mike Muscala, Dario Saric and Landry Shamet.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for Milwaukee as he recorded a monster triple-double with 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists to go along with three blocks and two assists. Khris Middleton (25 points), Brook Lopez (21 points) and Eric Bledsoe (18 points) also finished in double-figures as the Bucks cruised to a 15-point win in which they scored 49 points in the second quarter.

The Sixers were led by 30 points, 19 rebounds and six assists from Joel Embiid while Ben Simmons recorded a triple-double of his own (14 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists) and JJ Redick scored 19 points and dished out six assists in a reserve role.

Mar. 17, 2019, at Milwaukee: 76ers 130, Bucks 125

The Sixers wouldn't face the Bucks for nearly another five months as their second meeting of the season came in mid-March.

It was an instant classic.

Joel Embiid finished the game with 40 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three steals and was only outdone by Antetokounmpo, who scored a career-high 52 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and dished out seven assists on the game.

The Sixers benefitted from 27 points from Jimmy Butler, 19 points from JJ Redick and 12 points from Tobias Harris, giving the Bucks a very different look than what was present early on in the season. Ben Simmons scored just eight points to go along with nine rebounds and nine assists but had a memorable moment when he and Antetokounmpo traded poster dunks.

After Giannis, the Bucks were led by 19 points from Khris Middleton and 14 points from Brook Lopez as they used the same starting lineup that brought them success in the second round against the Celtics.

Apr. 4, 2019, at Philadelphia: Bucks 128, 76ers 122

A little over two weeks later, the Bucks made their way to Wells Fargo Center to get their revenge.

Giannis Antetokounmpo would see to it that it happened.

Milwaukee's MVP finished with 45 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks on the game and Khris Middleton added 22 points to lead the way. George Hill contributed 20 points off the bench after Eric Bledsoe was ejected just three minutes into the game.

Joel Embiid recorded a triple-double with a team-high 34 points to go along with 13 rebounds and 13 assists while JJ Redick scored 29 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field. Mike Scott scored 22 points thanks to hitting six of his eight 3-point attempts while Ben Simmons scored six points but dished out 13 assists.

Jimmy Butler was inactive for the game as he dealt with a sore back.

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