Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Toronto Raptors vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 1/1/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Pete Mitchell | 02 January, 2018, 12:31

DeRozan is the third player in Raptors history to score 50 or more in a single game.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points Monday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first player in National Basketball Association history to post a 50-point game on New Year's Day.

DeRozan eclipsed marks set by Terrence Ross (2014) and Vince Carter (2000), making 17 of his 29 field goals to lead the way in the overtime thriller. Kyle Lowry chipped in with 26 points, six rebounds and six assists as the Raptors extended their home win streak to 12 consecutive games.

Giannis Antetokounmpo now leads the Eastern Conference with 16 games recording at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points in the entertaining rematch between first-round playoff opponents from last season, a series Toronto won in six. He scored 45 in a December 21 game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Lillard is recovering from a right hamstring strain.

Having enjoyed both some of their highest and lowest points of last season on the Air Canada Centre's floor, Monday's game will be a big test for Milwaukee, and a game that the Bucks will surely be determined to win.

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Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves.

With Damian Lillard out of the line-up, Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 32 points with eight assists and six rebounds to lead his team past the Chicago Bulls 124-120 after overtime.

Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points for the Lakers, and Julius Randle had 15.

A DeRozan three-point play - after an emphatic Serge Ibaka block of a Giannis Antetokounpo attempted dunk - cut the lead to one. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.7 percent from the free throw line.

Brogdon is averaging an impressive 25.8 FanDuel points per game over his last five, but our models are pretty low on him tonight, projecting him for only 22.0 FanDuel points.

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