Raptors vs. Bucks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 4 (Toronto Gets the Best of Milwaukee Once Again)

Larry Rupp
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Doug McSchooler
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Raptors vs. Bucks Game Info

  • Date: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Scotiabank Arena -- Toronto, Ontario
  • Coverage: ESPN, TSN, and BSWI

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Wednesday with 12 more games, including a battle between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors. The Bucks rank third in the Eastern Conference with a 24-13 record, while the Raptors check in 12th with an 16-21 record. It should be a hard-fought contest.

Milwaukee is playing on the second night of a back-to-back following its 123-113 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Toronto enters as a loser in three of its last four games after falling short in a 122-114 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday. Which team will win tonight?

Raptors vs. Bucks Odds & Spread

Raptors vs Bucks Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Raptors -2.5 - - 230.5 -110 -110 -130 110
  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: TOR: (-198) | MIL: (+166)
  • Spread: TOR: -5 (-106) | MIL: +5 (-114)
  • Total: 226.5 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Raptors 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 226.5 points, which is about average compared to Wednesday's projected totals.

Raptors vs. Bucks Betting Trends

  • The Raptors covered 47 times in 82 chances against the spread last season.
  • The Bucks' ATS record as underdogs of 2.5 points or greater was 4-7 last season.
  • The Raptors and their opponents combined to hit the over 41 out of 82 times last season.
  • Out of 82 Bucks games last season, 42 went over the total.

Raptors vs. Bucks Prediction & Pick

Giannis Antetokounmpo remains the heart and soul of this Bucks team. He racked up 55 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead his squad to a victory on Tuesday. Keep in mind the MVP candidate also played in 37 minutes before traveling from Milwaukee to Toronto for the second leg of a back-to-back, though. That is never easy.

The Raptors have a chance to earn a win with Giannis still favoring a knee injury and Jrue Holiday not at full health with an illness. Toronto ranks 10th in scoring defense (11.5 points per game) and tied for first in turnovers forced per game (16.9). Aggressive defense will help create extra scoring chances.

Toronto is also 5-0 straight up in its last five games against Milwaukee, so give me the Raptors.

Final Score Prediction: Raptors: 117 | Bucks: 109

Raptors vs. Bucks Best Bet

The Bucks are only 2-5 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against an Eastern Conference opponent. It gets even worse when looking head-to-head. Milwaukee is 0-5 ATS in its last five games against Toronto dating back to February of 2021.

Toronto hasn't fared much better as of late, but their last five wins against the Bucks have come by an average of 8.4 points. The Raptors remain tied for the final play-in spot and could use a boost to prove they should not be counted out just yet. Wednesday provides a perfect opportunity for that.

Bet: Toronto Raptors -5 (-106)

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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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