Head to head, the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall and 3-5-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in Toronto.
Khris Middleton: Middleton has played very well since returning from an injury that kept him out the first half of the National Basketball Association season.
The Bucks shot 45 per cent on the night while holding Toronto to 36 per cent. Milwaukee hit nine of their 23 three-point attempts, while Toronto made good on just five of their 23 attempts.
Giannis Antetokounmpo: he was the best player on the floor during this game and it wasn't even close. If you had told me the Bucks' second-best player would make 4 of 15 shots, I'd have bet the house on a Raptors win.
Four players are averaging at least 12.0 points per game for the Raptors, they are: DeMar Derozan (27.3), Kyle Lowry (22.4), Serge Ibaka (14.2) and Jonas Valanciunas (12.0). This continued whenever Maker saw the court, his efforts to start the second half were particularly impressive. "But I've been there before, this is not the first time I've sprained an ankle. things can be changed".
Sitting slumped in a chair at Toronto's practice facility on Sunday, still dealing with flu-like symptoms, a despondent-looking Lowry said he was struggling to ditch the disappointment of his latest playoff stinker. "They did a good job".
"I haven't thought anything about that", Antetokounmpo said.
The Raptors have never won a Game 1 in the opening round of the playoffs. "We understand what it takes to get there", DeRozan told reporters. My teammates want me to be more aggressive, so I'm (going to) have to force some more shots.More news: Trump reverses many positions since taking office
In 33 minutes, Lowry went 2-of-11 from the field, 0-of-6 from distance, as many personal fouls (4) as points.
If the Bucks get past Toronto, they will face the victor of the Cleveland/Indiana series. He finished with six assists and two rebounds. The "Greek Freak" is already in his fourth season at the age of 22.
"We're going to need all that experience when we go into Toronto", Kidd said. You've got to start it up and sit there for a while before you pull off and you go on a little road trip.
"But once you get going, your vehicle feels like a 2016 Lexus or something". The only player who was defending Antetokounmpo well was P.J.
The Bucks comprehensively defeated the Raptors 97-83 to silence what had been a ferocious Toronto crowd on Saturday. Game 2 will take place on Wednesday. If you watched the game, a lot of it, [their scoring] was off turnovers, off long rebounds, off jabbing in the backcourt at the ball and they getting out and throwing the ball ahead and just pushing. To win in this league we have to play at another level. We did it in certain parts of the game. "It's physical. It's the playoffs".
"Now we have to make sure we set screens the same way and we show the officials those videos. Everybody is fighting for that inch".
One very encouraging sign for the Bucks was the play of their two rookies Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker. "So hopefully with those guys coming in, you hope that they've brought us some toughness and defence". Although being the best fourth quarter team in the league was a welcomed distinction during the regular season, Tucker wondered if that history of being able to flip a switch bit the Raptors in Game 1. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist-if you know anything about basketball-to look at the film, and understand the areas that we did not accomplish". All season we've been talking about screening hard and making people feel screens.