Free NBA Picks Today: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/4/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks 1/4/23
Wed 4th January 2023

The Toronto Raptors (16-21, 11-8 Home) will try to overcome one of the NBA’s top shooting defenses when they host the Milwaukee Bucks (24-13, 8-9 Away) on Wednesday. Milwaukee is playing the second of a back-to-back after beating the Washington Wizards 123-113 at Fiserv Forum yesterday.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was a top performer with 55 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists. The Bucks are the third seed in the Eastern Conference, 2.5 games behind the Boston Celtics. Toronto dropped their last game on Monday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, falling to the Indiana Pacers 122-114. Gary Trent Jr. had 32 points in the losing effort, carrying the team. The Raptors are the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference.

It’s the first meeting of the season between the teams. Toronto swept all three games between the teams last season, the last of which was a 103-96 triumph at Fiserv Forum in January 2022, their fifth straight head-to-head victory. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 30 points, 10 assists, and eight rebounds. Antetokounmpo had 30 points in the loss.

The Bucks have been led this season by Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 32.8 points per game, third-highest in the NBA. Antetokounmpo also has grabbed 11.8 rebounds per game, third-most in the league. Meanwhile, Jrue Holiday is dishing 7.2 assists.Siakam has powered the Raptors on offense, averaging 26.5 points per game.

Siakam has also averaged 8.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game. The Bucks are holding opponents to one of the lowest FG% in the league, ranking fourth at 45.6%.

The Raptors have had success in recent clashes between the teams at Scotiabank Arena, winning six of the last 10. Milwaukee is seeking to reverse a four-game road losing streak this season.

Meanwhile, the Bucks are 3-0 this season when playing the second of a back-to-back and 1-0 in such games against rested opponents. The Raptors are 3-4 with a rest advantage.

Milwaukee is 4-6 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -6.3 (113.0-119.3). For the season, the Bucks are averaging 112.7 points per game, compared to 110.8 for opponents. Toronto has a 3-7 record over the last 10, allowing 115.5 points per game on average while scoring only 112.7 (-2.8 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Joe Ingles: 14.4 | 10.1 | +4.3
Points per game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 42.5 | 32.8 | +9.7
Rebounds per game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 15.3 | 11.8 | +3.5
Assists per game:
Jrue Holiday: 3.5 | 7.2 | -3.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Precious Achiuwa: 5.0 | 16.2 | -11.2
Points per game:
Gary Trent Jr.: 23.0 | 17.9 | +5.1
Fred VanVleet: 10.3 | 18.1 | -7.8
Rebounds per game:
Scottie Barnes: 9.0 | 7.0 | +2.0
Precious Achiuwa: 0.0 | 6.5 | -6.5

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Toronto Raptors -5.5 (-105)

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