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Raptors underdogs at sportsbooks for Game 3 at Milwaukee

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Spencer Simpson | 21 April, 2017, 00:32

DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring at 27.3 while Jonas Valanciunas has taken care of the rebounding at 9.5 and Kyle Lowry got most assist per game at 7.

Serge Ibaka battled through a left ankle sprain in Game 2, which he suffered during the third quarter of Game 1 after stepping on Antetokounmpo's foot. In this series, they're going to need to keep moving the ball and punishing the Bucks for leaving shooters open.

Thon Maker has emerged as a linchpin of the Milwaukee Bucks' defense as they attempt to upset the No. 6-seeded Toronto Raptors in the first round of the East playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a statement performance as he finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block, which resulted in a technical that was rightfully rescinded after further review from the league office.

The Raptors have won straight up, but couldn't cover the spread in neither of the home games. Their physicality sent a message that they weren't satisfied with just making the postseason.

Although the Raptors were the better team on Tuesday, there's a sense that they were fortunate to come away with the win, and the reality is the game could have certainly gone the other way. His counterpart, Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogden, looked much more like the veteran player of the two.

If Toronto wants to win this series, pulling out game two was basically a prerequisite. The story of this series, at least when Toronto has had the ball, has been Milwaukee's aggressive trapping. "There are a couple of things we can do better at to make sure we do get bodies back and fly out and get to especially Tony Snell".

Game 2 saw a bounce back effort from all-star guard Kyle Lowry. The Raptors bench of Patrick Patterson, P.J. Tucker and Corey Joseph played a combined 72 minutes while accounting for just 13 points on 4-15 shooting.

None of this is to say that Toronto has figured Milwaukee out. "We must have maximum energy on both ends of the floor, precise execution, and really go out and get this game".

After taking the first punch, the Raptors responded in the best way they could with a 106-100 win on Tuesday night. It's only one game at a time. He has to be accounted for, but that does not mean they can go back to not showing Antetokounmpo a bevy of bodies. The effort was there and the Bucks made Toronto earn this one to the last whistle. First, the lack of Michael Beasley, who played just six minutes in game one while receiving a "DNP-Coach's Decision" in game two. The game is not going to be pretty. "I thought we did a much better job putting on-time, on-target passes".

The Bucks haven't been relevant since the days of Big Dog, Ray Allen, Sam Cassell and George Karl, but they are relevant now with plenty to look forward to, regardless of what happens in their series against the Raptors with the scene now shifting to Milwaukee for Games 3 and 4.

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