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The two teams expected to fulfill in the Eastern Conference Finals will do exactly that beginning tonight when the Toronto Raptors travel to Milwaukee for the opening game of the series. The total opened at 218 and is currently 217.5 using two-thirds of the wagers coming in around the below in a small surprise, since the public tends to enjoy overs, but not so far in this one.
The surprising thing in relation to the total is not the variety of wagers available on the under, but rather is that the absence of movement, as.5 isn’t that large of a movement considering the number of wagers, especially for a playoff game where greater bettors are involved on a regular basis.
The teams were pretty inconsistent with their regular season games, as the Bucks won the first game 124-109, but escaped with a 104-99 victory in Toronto in the rematch. The Raptors came off with a 123-116 victory in Milwaukee and the Bucks took the season series with a 105-92 win in Toronto in January, so it’s been 3.5 months because the teams confronted.
There are two or three different ways of looking at this one, with the most obvious being the 2 games played in Milwaukee were certainly the two highest-scoring games the teams have played, while both in Toronto were more defensive struggles.
The first game saw 198 attempted field objectives, which was easily the greatest of those three matches, as others watched 181, 163 and 172. There were 27 and 30 combined free throws attempted in the two games that landed under the total and 47 and 58 foul shots shot from both games which landed over the number, so once more, a correlation between free throws and overs comes into play.
Together with the Bucks stinking it up offensively against the Celtics, have to think they’ll put a bit more emphasis on offense here, but the secret is the way the Raptors strategy the game, as they lost both low-scoring games and split both that saw more points, so can see Toronto attempting to play in a quicker tempo. Toronto added Gasol since the Bucks saw them while Milwaukee added Mirotic at the deadline.
A small difficult sport to get a handle on, but going to have a shot the above. Can’t discount the two games played in Milwaukee and wouldn’t be surprised to find that the Raptors attempt to match Milwaukee on the scoreboard.
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Two matches on today’s slate, in which the two favorites to win each conference, Milwaukee and Golden State, are awaiting the winners to acquire the conference finals started.