Bucks vs. Raptors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 17 (Toronto Takes Advantage of Milwaukee's Injuries)

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Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Toronto Raptors prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Adam Hunger
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Bucks vs. Raptors Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Fiserv Forum -- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Coverage: TNT, BSWI, and SportsNet

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Tuesday with four more games, including a battle between the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. The Raptors rank 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 20-24 record, while the Bucks check in third with a stellar 28-16 record. This lines up as a great game.

Toronto enters as a victor in four of its last five games following a 123-121 (OT) win against the New York Knicks on Monday. Meanwhile, Milwaukee has now won three of its last five games after taking down the Indiana Pacers by a score of 132-119 on Monday. Which playoff hopeful will win tonight?

Bucks vs. Raptors Odds & Spread

Bucks vs Raptors Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Bucks -6 - - 218 -108 -112 -250 205
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: MIL: (-190) | TOR: (+160)
  • Spread: MIL: -4.5 (-110) | TOR: +4.5 (-110)
  • Total: 224 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Bucks enter this contest as notable home favorites on moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 224 points, which is below average when compared to Tuesday's projected totals.

Bucks vs. Raptors Betting Trends

  • The Bucks went 39-42-1 against the spread (ATS) last season.
  • The Raptors went 5-3 as underdogs of 6 points or greater last season.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 42 times in Bucks games.
  • Out of 82 Raptors games last season, 41 hit the over.

Bucks vs. Raptors Prediction & Pick

This matchup doesn't have as much juice with Khris Middleton ruled out and Giannis Antetokounmpo listed as day-to-day for the Bucks. Both All-Stars are dealing with knee issues, leaving veteran Jrue Holiday to hold down the fort. That's not going to be easy against an improving Toronto squad.

Giannis needed a triple-double to lead his team to a three-point overtime victory against Toronto on Jan. 4. Fred VanVlett shined in that game with 28 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds. I expect him to shine again facing a Milwaukee team that ranks 22nd in defensive efficiency over its last three games.

Toronto is had won five straight games against Milwaukee before that loss, so give me the Raptors in a small upset.

Final Score Prediction: Bucks: 110 | Raptors: 114

Bucks vs. Raptors Best Bet

The Raptors are no stranger to keeping games close in Fiserv Forum as they are 5-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games against the Bucks at the storied arena. Toronto is also 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall and has lost by more than 4 points only twice in the month of January.

Yes, Toronto is playing on the second night of a back-to-back after playing an overtime game on Monday. However, that doesn't matter nearly as much considering the Bucks are on the second night of a back-to-back as well. The Raptors are fully healthy and need a win to keep climbing back to .500.

Bet: Toronto Raptors +4.5 (-110)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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