Once the Milwaukee Bucks got their lineup back to full strength, they quickly reminded everyone why they're the defending NBA champs.
The 14-8 Bucks (10-12 ATS) are riding an eight-game winning streak, and head to Toronto to see a Raptors team that's now lost four of five, with the Bucks four-point favorites on the road.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has been what you'd expect this season, and that continued Wednesday night in Milwaukee's win over the Hornets, coming close to a triple-double with 40 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists along with hitting the game-winning layup with two seconds left.
Khris Middleton getting closer to form was the more important positive, though, scoring 21 points, his first game over 20 since Oct. 25, as Milwaukee had seven players in double-figures overall.
The Raptors have now lost five straight games at home, are 1-9 ATS at home, and 0-4 ATS as a home underdog. Meanwhile, the Bucks are 6-1 ATS as road favorites this season.
BetQL has the Bucks -2 1H as a ⭐⭐⭐⭐bet and points out that Raptors coach Nick Nurse is 29-47 on the first-half spread against teams allowing 108 points a game or fewer while coaching Toronto. The Bucks are also 12-4 as a favorite against the first-half line this season, giving you some strong trends to lean on here.
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