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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Toronto Raptors Preview: A Battle of the Unbeaten

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The Bucks and Raptors are both 6-0... There can only be one.

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A battle of the last two unbeaten teams in basketball will commence tonight at the FIserv Forum when the Milwaukee Bucks take on the visiting Toronto Raptors. Who would’ve thought that the Bucks would have a meaningful game in October? The NBA is truly the best.

Bucks Update

The Milwaukee Bucks won their 6th game in a row on Saturday versus the Orlando Magic 113-91. However, Giannis Antetokounmpo was injured in the process after he took a nasty elbow to the chops from Magic forward Aaron Gordon (boo that man!!!).

The fact that the Greek Freak still managed to finish 21 points on 9-12 shooting is pretty remarkable. Seriously, do we need more proof that Giannis was secretly made in a laboratory? Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable for tonight’s game, but we should fully expect him to suit up for this one.

UPDATE

It appears that Giannis’ injury was more severe than some of us thought, as he’s been placed in the concussion protocol and won’t be able to go tonight against the Raptors. With all the discussion about concussions in the NFL, it’s better to air on the side of caution with Giannis. The fact Toronto is also holding Kawhi out for rest makes it a bummer we can’t see these two rangy titans go at it, but their long-term health takes precedence.

Player to Watch: Khris Middleton

He’s gotten off to a fantastic start to the season, but Middleton struggles against the Toronto Raptors. For his career, he’s averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 45.9% from the field and 40% from three in 17 career matchups. He really struggled when former Raptor DeMar DeRozan was on the floor. Hopefully a DDR-less Toronto team is what he needs to get it going against them.

Raptors Update

Like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors come into today’s game blazing hot. They currently have the the 4th best ORtg in the nba (115.7) and they have the 11th ranked DRtg (105.5). With new head coach Nick Nurse at the helm, the Toronto Raptors have really made outside shooting a priority this season. They’re 12th in the NBA in three-point frequency, and rank 8th in three’s made per game. The Raps have a ton of shooters who can light it up from deep and not to mention they also acquired Kawhi Leonard, too. Buckle up.

UPDATE

Looks like the Raptors won’t be at full strength tonight. What a bummer.

Player to Watch: Danny Green

While the Raptors are enjoying a great season from both point guard Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green has quietly put together another solid season. He’s averaging 11.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1 steal, and 1.2 blocks per game all while shooting a pearly 45% from deep. He’s actually shooting better from three than from the field (44%). Did I mention that he’s also one of the premiere perimeter defenders in basketball? Danny Green is a guy you want on your team.



Prediction Poll!

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In game 7, the Milwaukee Bucks will...

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  • 9%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (120 votes)
  • 38%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (489 votes)
  • 40%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (511 votes)
  • 11%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (152 votes)
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