NBA Playoffs Betting Tip: Wager on Favorites With a Better Record

The Portland Trail Blazers face the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals at Moda Center on Thursday

Nuggets rout Trail Blazers for 3-2 series lead

If you're planning on travelling to Milwaukee for Games 1 and 2 in the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Raptors and Bucks, don't expect to hear any of Drake's music on the radio.

Raptors: Toronto is now 3-15 in Game 1s.

Micah Adams: Raptors in six; Carlan Gay: Bucks in six; Kyle Irving: Bucks in six; Gilbert McGregor: Raptors in seven; Alex Novick: Bucks in seven, and Scott Rafferty: Raptors in seven. And when Siakam's three-point shot dropped at the buzzer to end the third, it sent Toronto into the fourth with an 83-76 advantage. The Bucks are an NBA-best 8-1 straight up and against the spread in the playoffs.

A number of tickets still haven't sold, including seats in the upper and lower bowl of the Fiserv Forum. "Hopefully we've got lots of different layers and ways that we're scoring, but certainly when we're open players tend to like that, so it wasn't that much of a sell job". Lowry was injured when Toronto won 123-116 at Milwaukee on January 5. Seth even blocked a couple of shots and they went in because he blocked them. The Bucks are coming off their convincing second-round victory over the Boston Celtics, while the Raptors are fresh off a thrilling Game 7 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.

Rather than lament the lack of rest, Raptors coach Nick Nurse suggested his team could benefit from the momentum. The Raptors had the Bucks on their heels from the tipoff, taking a 13-point lead on a driving layup late in the first quarter.

Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in the win, while Kawhi Leonard's 31 points and Kyle Lowry's 30 points paced Toronto.

Gasol attempted just eight shots in 45 minutes against the Sixers in Game 7, and Lowry shot just 23.1 percent on 3-point attempts in the last series. And when Leonard mauled Antetokounmpo under the basket on the last play of the half - no foul was called - the crowd booed long after both teams had departed for their respective locker-rooms.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors are about to take their first hopeful steps toward ending decades of ineptitude.

It seems the Bucks may have misread the market, because fans in Milwaukee are surely jacked for their team's first appearance in the East Finals in 18 years.

Seth ranked fifth-best (minimum: 80 possessions) when spotting up in regular season action.

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