Update: Despite being probable initially, Antetokounmpo has been ruled out. The Bucks are still favored but the line is now Milwaukee -1.5. The total is set at 224.5. We’re still backing the Raptors as 1.5-point underdogs and the under at 224.5
The Bucks are going to be without Chris Livingston (ankle) and Jae Crowder (left adductor and abdominal tear), while Giannis Antetokounmpo (right calf injury management) is listed as probable. The Raptors will be without Christian Koloko (illness), while Gary Trent Jr. (foot) and O.G. Anunoby (finger) are doubtful.
The Bucks are 5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook, while the total is set at 228. Milwaukee is -185 on the moneyline while Toronto is +154.
Bucks vs. Raptors, 7:30 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Raptors +5
Even with Antetokounmpo set to suit up, I like the Raptors’ chances to cover against a Bucks team that’s dropped two of its last three. Both of these teams have been inconsistent to start the season, but the Raptors have the seventh-best defensive rating in the NBA (108.8), which should help them on their home floor. Take Toronto to cover as a home underdog.
Over/Under: Under 228
This has all the makings of a low-scoring game. The Bucks could have Antetokounmpo at less than 100%, while the Raptors probably won’t have two key offensive players. These two teams have faced off against each other a lot over the years, and I think that familiarity results in a low-scoring game. These two teams combined for 241 points when they met up earlier this year, but I don’t think that’ll be the case on Wednesday. Take the under here.