Eastern Conference Finals – Game 4

Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks, 10:30 am
Bucks -2

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors managed to grind their way to a double-overtime victory in game 3, winning 118-112. Kawhi Leonard deserves an immense amount of credit for his performance, battling injury to play 52 minutes and drop 36 points. Pascal Siakam also finally broke out of his slump, dropping 21 points and 9 boards of his own in 51 minutes. Norman Powell provided an underrated X-Factor off the bench, pouring in a further 19 points as he looks to take the starting Shooting Guard job.

Milwaukee Bucks

While the Bucks could’ve essentially put the series to bed last time out, they’ll have to rebound quickly for a game 4. Giannis again put up some monster numbers of 23 points, 7 assists, and 4 blocks, although he only managed 12 points. George Hill was again fantastic off the bench, adding 24 points and 7 boards of his own on 7/9 shooting. Bucks fans will also be encouraged by the performance from Malcolm Brogdon, who had a solid 20-point outing of his own.

Prediction: Bucks -2

The Bucks have been absolutely dynamite after a loss this season, going 19-4 for the best mark in the NBA. They were also nowhere near their best in game 3, yet sill gave Toronto everything they could handle. Contrast that with a Raptors side who left absolutely everything on the court and now their best player is in doubt with injury. The Bucks have proven to be the better and deeper team in this series and I think they take an unassailable lead in this crucial game 4.

Under 216.5

Game 3 was so physically and mentally taxing on the players that I expect a much slower pace in this one. Toronto have particularly struggled to score all series, a trend which could be exacerbated if Kawhi isn’t 100%. Both sides have also been relatively poor shooting from deep in this series and I don’t see this reversing any time soon. Combine the fatigue, injuries, and strong perimeter defence of these two sides and I see a relatively low-scoring affair in this one.