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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Preview

The Raptors are lucky to be here. Kawhi Leonard made one of the craziest buzzer beaters you will ever see..

#1 Milwaukee Bucks vs #2 Toronto Raptors

  • The Bucks took the season series 3-1.
  • Toronto’s only win came in Milwaukee.
  • These teams haven’t played each other since January 31st.

The Bucks are here after being a fucking WAGON all year. The Raptors are lucky to be here. Kawhi Leonard made one of the craziest buzzer beaters you will ever see in the NBA to beat the Sixers in Game 7 on Sunday Night.

This is going to be a very homer blog here, but also I’m not sure how you think the Raptors can win this series unless Kawhi is scoring 40+ PPG here. Other than Kawhi, the Raptors don’t have a lot of scoring. Sure Kyle Lowry can go off and Piascal Siakam is an All-Star in the making, but those guys have been so inconsistent during the playoffs. I am not sure where the Raptors can find enough offense if Kawhi isn’t playing at an all time level.

The Bucks on the other than have the MVP in Giannis. But even if Giannis is having an off game, they have guys who can step up and score 25 – 30 on any given night. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe both have that ability for the Bucks. The Bucks roster is also WAY deeper than the Raptors, and that’s even before the Bucks got Malcolm Brogdon back in Game 5 against the Celtics. With Brogdon back, the Bucks can no either bring him or Nikola Mirotic off the bench along with guys like Pat Connaughton, George Hill, and Ersan Ilyasova. The Raptors do not have the bench players to match that, especially if Hill and Connaughton are playing anywhere near the level they were against the Celtics.

Pick: I am going to take the Milwaukee Bucks in five games. They have been the best team in the NBA all year, they have been destroying teams all year, they have a top five offense and defense, and I just don’t see the Raptors slowing them down for more than two games. Maybe this goes six, but I’ll take the Bucks to close it out in five and take on the Warriors in the NBA Finals.

Schedule

  • Game 1: Wednesday May 15, Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 2: Friday May 17, Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 3: Sunday May 19, Milwaukee at Toronto, 7 ET, TNT
  • Game 4: Tuesday May 21, Milwaukee at Toronto, 8:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 5: Thursday May 23, Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 6: Saturday May 25, Milwaukee at Toronto, 8:30 ET, TNT
  • Game 7: Monday May 27, Toronto at Milwaukee, 8:30 ET, TNT
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