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Raptors at Bucks Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Fiserv Forum on Friday.

The Raptors (0-1) put in a heck of a performance in Game 1 but it still wasn’t enough to escape with a win. What’s really discouraging is the fact that they couldn’t score a single-point in the final three minutes of that game. Milwaukee actually ended on a 10-0 run, despite the fact that the Raptors led for nearly the entirety of the game. That’s a scary sign for the Raptors, as it seems unlikely that they’ll play that well for 40 minutes again. Kyle Lowry was especially amazing, as he scored 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting. This is a guy who had some epic struggles in prior postseasons and a game like this is hopefully the end of his playoff slump. The fact that he had 30 and Kawhi Leonard had 31 points is an encouraging sign but it’s also worrisome that they couldn’t pull out a victory with such special performances from their star players.

The Bucks (1-0) didn’t even play well in Game 1, but they escaped with a massive victory. The hero was Brook Lopez, as he dropped a career-best 29 points to go along with 11 rebounds and four blocks. That’s obviously a huge performance and it’s a great sign to see him bounce-back after a nightmare Boston series. The fact that they made double-digit comeback thanks to a 32-17 fourth quarter says a lot about this team, especially considering the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo hit just one basket in that final quarter. The depth of this team simply can’t be matched and Toronto looked tired in that nightmare fourth quarter. Eric Bledsoe, Nikola Mirotic and Khris Middleton all struggled in that Game 1 comeback and that obviously won’t keep happening either. That puts a lot in Milwaukee’s favor and that’s why they’re a monster favorite to reach the NBA Finals and likely face the Golden State Warriors. Dating back to the regular season, Milwaukee has won four of their last five games over Toronto.

Written by Joel Bartilotta at 5/17 5:57 AM IST

Star Player:

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL (23 credits): Antetokounmpo should be above 25 credits and it’s hard to understand why his price has dropped. This is a guy who averaged nearly 60 Dream11 points per game in the regular season, and he’s obviously one of the best players in the league. His recent form is hard to argue with too, with Antetokounmpo averaging 60.2 fantasy points per game across his last five fixtures.  

Value Plays:

Brook Lopez, MIL (10 credits): Lopez put in an absolute gem in Game 1 and he’s hard to fade at this price tag. What lowered his price was a nightmare series against the Celtics, but he’ll be much more valuable against a larger team like the Raptors. That was crystal clear when he provided 29 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks en route to 57 Dream11 points in that stellar Game 1 performance.  

Nikola Mirotic, MIL (8 credits): Mirotic has been starting recently and it’s hard to understand why he remains so cheap. In those five starts, Mirotic is playing 26.4 minutes per game while averaging 26 Dream11 points per outing. That’s all you can ask for, as he’s one of the only reliable players south of 10 credits.  

Kawhi Leonard, TOR (22 credits): We’re only going to recommend one Raptor because Leonard is the only guy we can trust. It’s his usage that makes him hard to fade, as he’s averaging 40 minutes and 23 shots per game since the beginning of the Philly series. Leonard’s fantasy production has been absurd too, averaging 54 Dream11 points per game in that span. It’s costly to get Antetokounmpo and Leonard into your lineup but it’s imperative.  

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RotoWire.com Projections

Giannis Antetokounmpo, MIL – PF

  • Credits: 23
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 58.62
  • Proj. Minutes: 37

Kawhi Leonard, TOR – SF

  • Credits: 22
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 49.33
  • Proj. Minutes: 43

Pascal Siakam, TOR – PF

  • Credits: 16
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 36.07
  • Proj. Minutes: 40

Khris Middleton, MIL – SF

  • Credits: 15
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 32.67
  • Proj. Minutes: 35

Kyle Lowry, TOR – PG

  • Credits: 15
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 36.60
  • Proj. Minutes: 40

Eric Bledsoe, MIL – PG

  • Credits: 13.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 30.12
  • Proj. Minutes: 29

Marc Gasol, TOR – C

  • Credits: 12
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 34.62
  • Proj. Minutes: 40

Serge Ibaka, TOR – C

  • Credits: 10
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 19.94
  • Proj. Minutes: 22

Brook Lopez, MIL – C

  • Credits: 10
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 28.67
  • Proj. Minutes: 32

Danny Green, TOR – SG

  • Credits: 9
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 22.37
  • Proj. Minutes: 34

Malcolm Brogdon, MIL – SG

  • Credits: 9
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 20.23
  • Proj. Minutes: 28

George Hill, MIL – PG

  • Credits: 8.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 19.02
  • Proj. Minutes: 26

Pat Connaughton, MIL – SG

  • Credits: 8.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 10.50
  • Proj. Minutes: 15

Ersan Ilyasova, MIL – PF

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 9.82
  • Proj. Minutes: 13

Nikola Mirotic, MIL – SF

  • Credits: 8
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 27.10
  • Proj. Minutes: 28

Fred VanVleet, TOR – PG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 9.71
  • Proj. Minutes: 13

OG Anunoby, TOR – SF

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Norman Powell, TOR – SG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 7.05
  • Proj. Minutes: 10

Donte DiVincenzo, MIL – SG

  • Credits: 5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

D.J. Wilson, MIL – PF

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Sterling Brown, MIL – SG

  • Credits: 4.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Bonzie Colson, MIL – SF

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jeremy Lin, TOR – PG

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Pau Gasol, MIL – C

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Chris Boucher, TOR – PF

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Jordan Loyd, TOR – PG

  • Credits: 4
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Eric Moreland, TOR – C

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Malcolm Miller, TOR – SF

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Tony Snell, MIL – SF

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Tim Frazier, MIL – PG

  • Credits: 3.5
  • Proj. D11 Pts: 0.00
  • Proj. Minutes: 0

Injuries:

Milwaukee Bucks –

Donte DiVincenzo – OFS – Heel

3/27 10:09 AM IST – DiVincenzo (heel) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Due to bilateral heel bursitis in his right foot, DiVincenzo will have his rookie season cut short. He appeared in 27 games, averaging 4.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from distance. With Malcolm Brogdon (foot) out until, optimistically, late April, DiVincenzo’s presence would have been helpful for Milwaukee’s backcourt depth. Now, Tony Snell, Pat Connaughton and Sterling Brown will be relied upon even more in the postseason.

Pau Gasol – OFS – Ankle

5/10 9:21 PM IST – Gasol underwent surgery on his left foot Thursday and will miss the rest of the playoffs. There was never much optimism that Gasol would ever be healthy enough to play in the postseason after missing the last 23 games with the injury. Now, Gasol will have the opportunity to spend the summer rehabbing as he is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2019-20 season.

D.J. Wilson – GTD – Ankle

5/15 11:27 PM IST – Wilson (ankle) is listed as out Wednesday for Game 1 of the Bucks’ Eastern Conference Finals series with the Raptors. The left ankle sprain previously sidelined Wilson for the final game of the Bucks’ second-round series with the Celtics. Despite having nearly a full week off to recuperate, Wilson is apparently still slowed by the injury and could be at risk of missing additional games beyond Wednesday. Wilson is uncertain to be included in coach Mike Budenholzer’s regular rotation even when he’s back to full strength.

Toronto Raptors –

OG Anunoby – GTD – Abdomen

5/15 12:07 AM IST – Anunoby (abdomen) has been ruled out of Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Bucks, Tim Bontemps of ESPN reports. No surprise here, considering Anunoby hasn’t played at all in the postseason, but the Raptors did get some encouraging news when the second-year forward was able to go through some light drills at Tuesday’s practice. Still, it remains unclear as to whether Anunoby will have a legitimate chance to return at some point during Round 3.

Patrick McCaw – Out – Personal

5/18 4:06 AM IST – McCaw (personal) is out for Friday’s Game 2 against the Bucks, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports. McCaw will miss a second straight game due to a personal issue. The situation shouldn’t affect the Raptors’ rotation much, as he has yet to see double-digit minutes in any playoff game.

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