Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Records: Raptors (50-19), Bucks (55-15)
Where to Watch
Date: Monday, August 10
Time: 6:30 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet ONE (Canada), ESPN (America)
Location: The Field House, Orlando, FL
Fresh off of a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday , the Toronto Raptors are back in action Monday as they face the Milwaukee Bucks on the second end of a back-to-back.
MORE: How have the Raptors fared in back-to-backs this season?
It's the third and final regular-season meeting between these two teams and the Raptors are in search of their first win over the Bucks since Game 6 of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.
It's unclear how head coaches Mike Budenholzer and Nick Nurse will treat this game as Milwaukee has clinched the East's top seed and Toronto has locked up the second seed. The Bucks have announced that Giannis Antetokounmpo will not play and per the NBA's Official Injury Report, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Fred VanVleet are listed as Questionable.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is out (Tooth; Oral surgery) for tonight's game against the Toronto Raptors. pic.twitter.com/eeHn2hseSi- Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 10, 2020
As such, these two teams don't have anything to play for as far as seeding goes and these coaches will likely avoid showing their hand as an Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the two teams is a real possibility.
Will the avaiable starters see limited minutes? Will we see each team go with an extended rotation? In some respects, this might feel like a preseason game.
Regardless of who's on the floor, these teams will stick to their principles, meaning defensively, the Bucks will continue to pack the paint and essentially make the Raptors beat them from the perimeter. The last time the two teams met, Toronto attempted a season-high 52 3s, connecting on 18 of them (34.6%).
For perspective, the Raptors attempt 36.9 3s per game but have attempted 88 in two games against the Bucks this year. Milwaukee's opponents average a league-leading 39.5 3-point attempts per game this season.
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After five quarters of rough shooting, Toronto shot 14-for-30 (46.7%) in the final three quarters of its win on over Memphis. Monday night's game provides the perfect opportunity for the Raptors to build on that shooting performance with just three tune-ups left before the postseason begins.
At this point, wins and losses are largely inconsequential, it's all about being in the best possible position for postseason success. The Raps will look to put forth a performance worth building on as they take on the Bucks.
As of 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 10
Oshae Brissett (Right Knee) - Out
Serge Ibaka (Right Knee) - Out
Kyle Lowry (Lower Back) - Questionable
Patrick McCaw (Left Knee) - Out
Fred VanVleet (Right Knee) - Out
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Oral Surgery) - Out
- Over the last two seasons, Milwaukee and Toronto have the first and second-best cumulative regular-season win percentages, respectively.
- The Bucks (118.9 ppg) lead the league in scoring and are the second-highest scoring team in the last 35 seasons.
- Milwaukee ranks first in the NBA in Net Rating (10.0), Defensive Rating (102.3), rebounds per game (51.8), eFG% (.553) and Opp. FG% (.413)
- It's a battle of the top-two ranked defences in the NBA, as the Raptors boast a Defensive Rating of 104.7.
- Toronto ranks first in the NBA in Opp. FGM (37.9), Opp. 3P% (.335) and Opp. PPG (106.3).
- Giannis Antetokounmpo is a finalist for both MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
- Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam were teammates on Team Giannis at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
- This game features the last two NBA G League MVPs - the Raptors Chris Boucher (2019) and the Bucks Frank Mason III (2020).
Last Time They Played
Date: Feb. 25, 2020
Score: Bucks 108, Raptors 97
Bucks: Khris Middleton - 22 PTS (7-14 FG), 8 REB, 3 AST
Raptors: Pascal Siakam - 22 PTS (6-14 FG), 6 REB, 3 AST
|1||x - Milwaukee Bucks||55||15||-||1||x - Los Angeles Lakers||51||18||-|
|2||x - Toronto Raptors||50||19||4.5||2||x - LA Clippers||47||23||4.5|
|3||x - Boston Celtics||47||23||8||3||x - Denver Nuggets||46||24||5.5|
|4||x - Miami Heat||43||27||12||4||x - Houston Rockets||44||25||7|
|5||x - Indiana Pacers||43||27||12||5||x - Oklahoma City Thunder||43||26||8|
|6||x - Philadelphia 76ers||42||28||13||6||x - Utah Jazz||43||27||8.5|
|7||x - Brooklyn Nets||34||36||21||7||x - Dallas Mavericks||42||30||10.5|
|8||x - Orlando Magic||32||39||23.5||8||Memphis Grizzlies||33||38||19|
|9||o - Washington Wizards||24||46||31||9||Portland Trail Blazers||33||39||19.5|
|10||San Antonio Spurs||31||38||20|
|12||o - New Orleans Pelicans||30||39||21.5|
|13||o - Sacramento Kings||29||40||22.5|
x - Clinched Playoffs Berth
o - Eliminated from Playoffs contention
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