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Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks Preview and Predictions 05-23-2019 in NBA


The Toronto Raptors have rallied back to knot the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 entering Thursday's Game 5 against the host Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto averaged 119 points in back-to-back triumphs on its homecourt, including an impressive 120-102 victory in Tuesday's Game 4.

The Bucks played their worst game of the series in Game 4 and the 2-0 lead they once held has evaporated. "It was disappointing, but I mean, the series is 2-2," Milwaukee small forward Khris Middleton told reporters. "It's not the end of the world. They protect their home court just like we did, and I know the fight is going to be a dogfight. First team to two wins. Can't feel sorry for ourselves that we lost two in a row here. We have to go protect home court and go from there." Toronto coach Nick Nurse is looking for the same type of effort his club displayed in Game 4 as it looks to take the series lead. "Each game is its own entity," Nurse told reporters. "Let's see if ... we can go do it in Milwaukee. We need to take this challenge of playing in a hostile environment, right? We're going into a tough, loud place to play, and let's see if those guys can bring that same pop and focus, determination on the road."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, TSN (Toronto) LINE: Bucks -7

ABOUT THE RAPTORS: Star small forward Kawhi Leonard topped 30 points in each of the first three games of the series but had just 19 in Game 4 while often appearing to be hindered by a left leg injury. "I think he's fine," Nurse said. "He's certainly tired, like a lot of guys in this series are. ... He's got tremendous will. He's got tremendous desire, and there's one time I was trying to give him an extended rest there, and he didn't really want it. So he must be OK." Point guard Kyle Lowry scored 25 points in Game 2 - his second-highest output of the series - while power forward Serge Ibaka played his best game of the series with 17 points and 13 rebounds.



ABOUT THE BUCKS: Point guard Eric Bledsoe has been a nonfactor in the series by averaging 8.3 points and making just 11-of-45 shots. Middleton and Bledsoe each were 3-of-16 from the field in the Game 3 loss but only Middleton (11-of-15) shook it off as Bledsoe (2-of-7) continued to struggle. "We're going to need Bled," Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters. "Eric's been great for us, his defense, his ability to attack. We need him to play better. We need the group (of guards) to play better."

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Raptors reserve swingman Norman Powell is averaging 17 points over the past three contests.

2. Milwaukee star PF Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds in Game 4 for his fourth straight double-double.

3. Toronto backup PG Fred VanVleet scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Game 4 after making just 7-of-44 shots over the previous 10 contests.

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Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Capacity: 17,500

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Last Injuries

Toronto Raptors

  • Fred VanVleet

    Face
    Prob Mon | probable

    VanVleet sustained a facial laceration and chipped tooth in the previous game but is expected to suit up for Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

  • Fred VanVleet

    Face
    day-to-day | questionable

    VanVleet went to the locker room during Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors after taking an elbow to the face. His return is unclear.

  • OG Anunoby

    Appendix
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Anunoby is on the mend from an appendectomy and is uncertain if he will be available against the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

  • Kawhi Leonard

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Leonard is likely to suit up for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Warriors despite a sore left knee.

milwaukee-bucks Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Giannis Antetokounmpo 72 72 1994 424 52 1247 721 686 500 203 52 159
Khris Middleton 77 77 1407 331 39 1148 506 258 216 474 179 50
Eric Bledsoe 78 78 1241 430 33 971 470 236 177 377 124 82
Brook Lopez 81 81 1009 98 28 786 355 133 112 512 187 33
Malcolm Brogdon 64 64 1001 205 25 748 378 152 141 244 104 65
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Giannis Antetokounmpo 72 72 739 110 92 268 232 4
Khris Middleton 77 77 411 7 80 174 172 0
Brook Lopez 81 81 363 179 51 82 189 10
Eric Bledsoe 78 78 280 29 116 165 156 8
Malcolm Brogdon 64 64 223 13 46 91 102 0

toronto-raptors Stats 2018-2019

Offensive
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Player GP GS P A PH FGA FGM FTA FTM 3PFGA 3PFG RO
Kawhi Leonard 60 60 1596 199 45 1129 560 426 364 302 112 78
Pascal Siakam 80 79 1354 248 44 945 519 302 237 214 79 124
Serge Ibaka 74 51 1112 99 34 877 464 177 135 169 49 156
Kyle Lowry 65 65 926 564 35 739 304 194 161 453 157 41
Danny Green 80 80 821 126 29 630 293 44 37 435 198 60
Defensive
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Player GP GS RD B S TO FP FT
Serge Ibaka 74 51 445 103 29 114 211 4
Pascal Siakam 80 79 425 52 73 154 241 5
Kawhi Leonard 60 60 361 24 106 121 87 2
Kyle Lowry 65 65 271 31 91 182 166 8
Danny Green 80 80 257 53 73 75 171 3