Bucks vs Raptors Eastern Conference Finals Odds & Game 4 Pick.

Bucks vs Raptors Eastern Conference Finals Odds & Game 4 Pick

Written by on May 21, 2019

Missed shots, turnovers, fouls, and a hobbled Kawhi Leonard were big components of Toronto’s double overtime victory over Milwaukee in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals. With Milwaukee holding a 2-1 game lead over Toronto, let’s preview the all-important game 4 of this series. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors that could affect the NBA Betting outcome of Game 4.

Bucks vs Raptors Eastern Conference Finals Odds & Game 4 Pick

Kawhi Leonard’s Health

On his first basket of Game 3, Leonard somehow injured his leg. He was noticeably limping throughout the game, but he brushed it off in his postgame interviews. He didn’t seem to have as much power in his legs throughout the game, but in the end, he came up clutch. Even though he didn’t appear to be at full strength, Leonard still scored 36 points and played all but four minutes of Game 3. We’ll see what kind of toll Game 3 took on his body.

The “Greek Freak Rules” Defense

Much like the Detroit Pistons used to stymie Michael Jordan, Nick Nurse used a similar strategy on Giannis Antetokounmpo on Sunday night. When Antetokounmpo drove to the basket, there were numerous Raptors there to stop him. The “Greek Freak Rules” defense seemed to bother him, as he turned the ball over numerous times trying to avoid the pressure. However, the main reason that the Raptors were able to contain him was the fact that Kawhi Leonard was his main defender much of the night. When Leonard was his main defender, the “Greek Freak” was only 1-9 from the field, and he recorded more turnovers than field goals. This was Antetokounmpo’s worse showing against a single defender over the past three postseasons. Look for the Raptors to continue this strategy in Game 4.

Will Kawhi’s Teammates Continue Where They Left Off?

In games 1 & 2, Leonard carried the Raptors offense. In game 3, the Raptors received big contributions from Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol, who combined for 41 points, 8 assists, and 23 rebounds. Norman Powell was a huge surprise as he scored 19 points before fouling out. If the Raptors continue to get these numbers from Gasol, Siakam, Kyle Lowry, and others, they can defeat the Bucks in Game 4.

The Bucks Need the 3 Balls to Fall

Milwaukee has gotten to where they are by hitting 3 pointers. In Game 3, the long-range shots weren’t falling for Milwaukee. Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, and Nicola Mirotic were a combined 3 of 19 from beyond the arc. As a team, the Bucks finished the game 14 of 46 (30.4%) from downtown. Was this just a bad shooting night by the Bucks, or was this the Toronto defensive pressure causing issues? We’ll see what happens in Game 4.

Can Toronto stop Milwaukee’s Bench?

George Hill has turned into a folk hero during the Bucks playoff run. Hills 24 points in Game 3 nearly carried the Bucks to victory. He has hit some huge shots in the postseason. Between Hill, Malcolm Brogdon, Ersan Ilyasova, and Pat Connaughton, the Bucks bench play has been one of the biggest reasons for Milwaukee’s playoff dominance. The Toronto Raptors came alive in Game 3 and showed the Bucks that they are here to play. With the home crowd behind them, the Raptors have a great shot at evening the series up at two games apiece. With that being said, the Bucks have only lost back-to-back games once this season. We’re in for a great Game 4!