Eastern Conference leaders Bucks will take on 2nd place Raptors tonight in the NBA 2020 restart. Read more for the match preview and TV Schedule.
Although their victories are solely dictated by Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks are one of the best title contenders this season. Surprisingly, they lost a 9-point half-time lead against the Mavs and ended up losing their last game.
They have won 3 out of the 5 games in the restart and have largely struggled whenever the game gets close. Giannis does not have an ‘outside shot’ and that forces the Bucks to force the ball out to someone else when they need a 3 point shot in a crunch situation.
And that is when the Bucks seem most vulnerable. They’ll need to address that and Middleton will really need to come to the party.
The best of The Greek Freak:
34 PTS | 13 REB | 5 BLK pic.twitter.com/eWETJGbLAH
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 9, 2020
The loss against 3rd seed Celtics is the only stumble in the Raptors’ campaign since the restart. They recovered and defeated the Grizzlies 108-99. The Celtics exploited the Raptors’ defensive flaws and made the most of it.
This game is largely going to be a battle between the offense of Bucks and the defense of Raptors and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this top of the table clash.
Where to watch Raptors vs Bucks on TV and Online?
The game will tip-off at 6.30 PM ET.
You can watch the game on NBA TV with the help of the NBA League Pass.
The game will also be live-streamed on Fubo.tv. The game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Wisconsin, SN1 and ESPN.
What is the predicted line up?
The Bucks are one of the most tight-knit teams in the NBA where each player has clear clarity over their role. It could be said that the Milwaukee Bucks are having one of the best seasons ever. The Bucks defence has not been the same since the restart, and it is something they will focus on tightening up against the likes of Lowry and Siakam.
Giannis too hasn’t been at his absolute best in the Bubble and will want to get his rhythm going before the all important playoffs begin on August 17th
Predicted Lineup: Eric Bledsoe, Wesley Matthews, Khris Middleton, Giannis Antetokoumpo, Brook Lopez
Fred VanVleet will definitely be a person in focus this game apart from Lowrey and Siakam. His 3-pointers have helped out his team very much since the restart.
Although he averages just under 18 points and 7 rebounds, his defensive abilities will surely be necessary if the Raptors want to secure a victory.
Siakam has played exceptionally well all season, but in the Bubble, offensively Raptors haven’t really been on the money, apart from the Lakers game.
Motivation should be very high for the Raptors for this game, just like when they played the Lakers and hence, expect the Raptors to bring their A-game to the table.
Predicted Lineup: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol