The reigning NBA champions Toronto Raptors hit the road as they take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee Bucks in NBA regular season at Fiserv Forum, in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Raptors, despite being the defending champions, are lacking that extra flavour this season and attraction which you would associate with any reigning champion. Kawhi Leonard's departure in the offseason and Bucks' failure to land another All-Star to the roster is the reason why Raptors are not being as a serious title contender.
But Nick Nurse's team is still talented and should find no problem is getting into the postseason. Pascal Siakam is super hot this season, averaging more than 28 points per game, while fan-favourites Kyle KLowry and Fred VanVleet have started the season on a good note as well.
It's no surprise to see Raptors' fast start to the new season as they sit 3rd in Eastern Conference with a 4-1 record after five games.
Milwaukee Bucks are blowing hot and cold in the early part of the season. They are already two games on their ‘L' list from the first five games, which include a one-sided 116-105 loss to Boston Celtics.
That said, Bucks are a super team with a super player like reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on their roster. They are expected to top the table at the end of the season and are favourites, along with Philadelphia 76ers, to win the east.
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Host: Milwaukee Bucks
Visitors: Toronto Raptors
Venue: Fiserv Forum
Match Timing: November 03, 05:30 AM
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Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors predicted five:
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo
SF: Khris Middleton
C: Brook Lopez
PG: Eric Bledsoe
SG: Wesley Matthews
PF: OG Anunoby
SF: Pascal Siakam
C: Marc Gasol
PG: Kyle Lowry
SG: Fred VanVleet
Likely to feature from the bench:
Bucks: Sterling Brown, Robin Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, Ersan Ilyasova, Pat Connaughton, George Hill, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, D.J. Wilson
Raptors: Serge Ibaka, Norman Powell, Patrick McCaw, Chris Boucher, Terence Davis, Matt Thomas
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors team News:
Milwaukee Bucks team news:
Kyle Korver is listed as day-to-day ahead of this match. The former Cleveland Cavaliers missed the 91-123 win over Orlando Magic due to load management.
Giannis Antetokounmpo will be hard to control for the visitors as the Greek Freak is absolutely on fire this season. The 25-year-old is averaging a double-double this season.
Toronto Raptors team news:
Patrick McCaw has been ruled out for the game against Milwaukee Bucks due to a knee injury. No other reported injury concerns for Nick Nurse.