Raptors home underdogs hosting league-leading Bucks on Tuesday

Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam tries to drive past Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo. (Morry Gash/AP)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to build on Sunday’s record-breaking win over the Indiana Pacers when they hit the court on Tuesday night against the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks as 2-point underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off a crushing 127-81 victory over the Pacers that set a franchise record for largest margin of victory in a game and marked the team’s 17th straight-up win in 18 outings going into Tuesday night’s matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have shown no signs of a letdown since returning from the NBA All-Star Break. The team marched to a dominating 118-101 win over Phoenix as 8.5-point home chalk on Friday, and has now claimed victory by double-digit margins in nine of its last 17 contests.

Toronto has been particularly dominant at home, where they have won nine straight games while claiming victory by an average margin of 17.8 points per game. That has generated a steady 7-2 against the spread run during that stretch. But despite racking up such lofty point totals, it has been the UNDER that has prevailed in totals betting over the Raptors’ past two home dates, ending a 6-1 run for the OVER, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Sporting the third best record in the NBA, behind only the Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, the Raptors have finally started to gain some momentum on the NBA championship odds at sports betting sites, climbing up to +1700 from their position at +2000 going into the All-Star Break. The Raptors also join the Bucks with an NBA-best 30 SU wins against opponents from the Eastern Conference despite dropping a 115-105 decision in Milwaukee as 6.5-point underdogs back on November 2.

However, it was Toronto’s strong play on home court that made the difference when the team faced the Bucks in last season’s Eastern Finals. The Raptors recorded a trio of decisive home victories then to clinch their first-ever berth in the NBA Finals, but still have work to do to overcome a 1-5 SU run against Milwaukee during regular season action. That run includes SU and ATS defeats in each of the past three regular-season meetings between these two teams at Scotiabank Arena.

The Bucks travel to Toronto as slim favourites after eking out a 137-134 overtime victory in Washington as 13-point road chalk on Monday night. With that win Milwaukee improved to 7-1 SU over its past eight contests, while winning outright in eight of nine road dates. The Bucks have also won nine straight times when playing in the second half of back-to-back games, while covering in each of their past five such outings.

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