Betting Trend Suggests Over is Good Bet for Raptors vs Bucks Game 5

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 21: Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks defends Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Toronto Raptors during the first half in game four of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Scotiabank Arena on May 21, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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After falling behind 2-0 to the Milwaukee Bucks, a hobbled Kawhi Leonard has carried the Toronto Raptors to consecutive wins to tie the series up, 2-2. While the Raptors' resurgence has certainly gotten Drake's attention, one recent trend has also made NBA bettors take notice.

The last three games in this series have all hit the over, and the over/under total for Thursday's game is set at 214.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Notably, three of the four games in this series have gone over 215. That's a little surprising given that the Bucks and Raptors were both Top-10 scoring defenses in 2018.

Even so, both teams have plenty of fire power on offense. With Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the way, the Bucks are averaging 115.3 points per game (PPG) in the postseason, which ranks No. 2 in the NBA.

The Raptors are only scoring 105.3 PPG this postseason, but with Kawhi, Pascal Siakam and a host of capable shooters, the Raptors are dangerous as well. Additionally, if we combine both teams' scoring averages, the total comes out to 220.6 PPG, which would be well over the projected total.

Whether or not Game 5 features 215 points or more is anyone's guess, but the numbers suggest that it might. Still, with two defenses this long and athletic, it's tough to rule anything out.

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