Raptors set as underdogs for Game 4 at home on Tuesday


Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) misses a shot under pressure from Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and centre Marc Gasol (33) during the second half of Game 3 NBA Eastern Conference finals basketball action. (Frank Gunn/ THE CANADIAN PRESS)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to build on their 118-112 double-overtime victory on Sunday night when they return to action on Tuesday in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Finals clash with the Milwaukee Bucks as 2.5-point home underdogs on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto rebounded with a solid performance in Game 3 after getting blown out 125-103 as 6.5-point road underdogs two nights earlier, limiting Giannis Antetokounmpo to just 12 points while trimming Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1 going into Tuesday night’s Bucks vs. Raptors betting matchup at Scotiabank Arena.

The Raptors have now posted straight-up wins in three straight dates on home court, and are 6-2 SU at home so far in this year’s NBA playoffs. However, consistency has eluded the club since knocking off the Orlando Magic in five games in the first round of the postseason. Toronto has tallied consecutive wins just once during a 4-5 SU overall run, and has particularly struggled on the road, losing three straight including each of the first two games of this series.

Needing at least one victory in Milwaukee in their quest to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, the Raptors’ road woes have done little to boost their position on the NBA series prices, where they continue to lag as lengthy +425 underdogs.

However, the Raptors do have a little bit of history on their side. The team rebounded from a 2-1 series deficit to eliminate Milwaukee in the first round of the NBA playoffs two years ago. In addition, with Sunday’s win, the Raptors snapped a three-game SU losing streak against Milwaukee on home court, and improved to 11-5 SU in 16 home dates with Bucks since January 2013.

But for bettors, Toronto remains a shaky wager. The Raptors have covered in just three of their last eight outings, and are winless SU and against the spread in their past three as home underdogs in the postseason. The team has also gone 2-7 SU and 3-4-2 ATS in their past nine when sporting positive odds at home, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

For the Bucks, Sunday’s loss brings an end to a six-game SU and ATS win streak on the road, and drops their SU record in this year’s playoffs to 10-2. However, Milwaukee remains a -650 favourite on the NBA series prices, and remains relatively steady on the NBA championship odds at +190, well ahead of the Raptors, who continue to lag at +1400.

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