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Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Game Preview, TV channel, start time

Who's Playing

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

Game Preview

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.

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.

Injury Report

As of 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 10

Raptors

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

Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Oral Surgery) - Out

Game Notes

  • 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

Current Standings

Standings through Aug. 9
EAST WEST
TEAM W L GB TEAM W L GB
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
11 Phoenix Suns 31 39 20.5
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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