Toronto Raptors (away) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (home)
Current records: Raptors 6-0; Bucks 6-0
The Raptors and Bucks are the only two unbeaten teams in the NBA and at 6-0 it's the biggest matchup between unbeaten teams to this point in the season according to Elias Sports.
The clash between the two Eastern Conference titans took a bit of a hit with the announcement that both Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo would be sitting out Monday night's game.
Kawhi will miss his second game this season as the Raptors continue to rest him in back-to-back situations and Giannis is in the concussion protocol after telling reporters he blacked out in the Bucks' last win over the Magic.
Without the two superstars, look for the matchup of Kyle Lowry versus Khris Middleton to take centre stage. As NBA.com's Micah Adams pointed out, Middleton becomes the focal point of Milwaukee's offence when Giannis is off the floor.
In 65 minutes without Giannis on the floor, Khris Middleton has averaged 40.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per 36.- Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) October 29, 2018
Giannis isn't playing tonight.
So yeah... buckle up for a "Khris Middleton is an All-Star" game.
In the only game the Raptors were without Leonard, Lowry stepped up and provided a season-high 28 points, 12 assists in a four-point win over the Wizards.
Expect both Lowry and Middleton to carry their teams offensively throughout.
What to watch for? The Raptors have buried teams early in games outscoring their opponents 166-139 and the Bucks have only trailed once after the first period to start the season. With both teams possessing the ability to lock down defensively, starting out early will be a huge key Monday especially with both teams' leading scorers missing the game.
The Bucks are also still learning how to play at a faster pace than they have in years past and with that comes a lot of turnovers. They have had games with 21, 17, 17 and again 21 turnovers during their winning streak. If Toronto can capitalize on those mistakes and get easy looks it will put them in a good position to continue they own winning streak.
Last time they played...
February 23, 2018
Milwaukee Bucks 122, Toronto Raptors 119
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 26 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals
DeMar DeRozan: 33 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals
Where to watch
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 2
Radio: TSN 1050
Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI