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Both teams expected to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals will do just that beginning tonight when the Toronto Raptors traveling to Milwaukee for the opening match of this series. The total opened at 218 and is now 217.5 using two-thirds of the wagers coming in around the under in a bit of a surprise, since the general public will enjoy overs, but not so far in this one.
The most surprising thing in relation to the total isn’t the number of wagers available on the beneath, but instead is that the absence of movement, as.5 isn’t that big of a movement considering the number of wagers, particularly to get a playoff game where greater bettors are involved on a regular basis.
The teams were pretty inconsistent with their regular season matches, as the Bucks won the first game 124-109, but then escaped using a 104-99 victory in Toronto in the rematch. The Raptors came away with a 123-116 victory in Milwaukee and the Bucks took the season series with a 105-92 win in Toronto in January, so it has been 3.5 months since the teams faced off.
There are two or three different ways of looking at this one, with the most evident being the 2 games played in Milwaukee were certainly both highest-scoring games the teams have played with, while both in Toronto were defensive struggles.
The first game saw 198 attempted field objectives, which was easily the highest of those 3 games, as others watched 181, 163 and 172. There were 27 and 30 joint free throws attempted in the 2 games which landed beneath the complete and 47 and 58 foul shots taken in both games that landed over the number, so yet again, a correlation between free throws and overs comes into play.
Together with the Bucks stinking it up offensively from the Celtics, have to think they’ll put a little more emphasis on crime here, but the secret is the way the Raptors strategy the match, since they lost both low-scoring matches and split the two that watched more points, so could see Toronto attempting to play in a quicker tempo. Toronto added Gasol since the Bucks watched them while Milwaukee added Mirotic in the deadline.
A bit of a difficult game to get a handle on, but likely to have a shot the above. Can’t discount the 2 games played in Milwaukee and would not be surprised to see that the Raptors try to fit Milwaukee on the scoreboard.
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Two matches on the slate, in which the two favorites to win every summit, Milwaukee and Golden State, are awaiting the winners to acquire the conference finals started.
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