The Raptors will look to tie the series when they host the Bucks in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals at the Scotiabank Arena.
The Bucks were dominant on their home floor and won the first two games. But the Raptors bounced back to win Game 3 118-112 in double overtime. It was a massive win for Toronto and one which they needed to win. Kawhi Leonard saved them yet again. Leonard played 52 minutes and had 36 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and two steals. He came big in the closing stages and made some crucial plays in both the overtimes.
Pascal Siakam had a great game with 25 points and 11 rebounds. He scored 23 points combined in the first two games. Norman Powell was an unlikely contributor off the bench, and he scored 19 points. Marc Gasol had a strong game with 16 points, seven assists, and 12 rebounds for Toronto.
The Bucks were right there but faltered in the closing stages. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a rare quiet game for them. He scored just 12 points in 43 minutes. He also had seven assists and 23 rebounds, but he fouled out at the beginning of the second overtime. That severely hampered Milwaukee as they couldn’t score effectively in that period. George Hill was fantastic for them off the bench, and he had 24 points.
Malcolm Brogdon also came off the bench and had 20 points. He was the primary defender on Kawhi Leonard when he was on the floor. The likes of Brook Lopez also contributed, but the loss of Antetokounmpo was felt severely. He has been sensational these playoffs, but he couldn’t get going in Game 4. Milwaukee needs his scoring if they are to reach the NBA finals.
The Raptors are the team with the confidence ahead of Game 4. But Leonard was limping in the latter stages, and that is a real worry. He was clutching his leg after a fast-break dunk, but he persisted in the game. Leonard gave the Raptors a four-point lead with a contested layup with less than a minute to go. That basket essentially clinched it for them. His leg injury will be monitored closely as his absence will dent the Raptors severely.
The Bucks need to better from the field. They shot 37.3% from the field. Khris Middleton and Antetokounmpo combined for 8-of-32 from the field. Antetokounmpo needs to improve drastically in Game 4. The good news is that despite just 12 points for him, the Bucks were close.
Toronto Raptors vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction
Game 4 promises to be another tight game. Antetokounmpo will improve, and that will be enough to push the Bucks over the line. The Raptors’ bench has not been reliable, and they will need to be good again to win Game 4. Toronto have the confidence, but Milwaukee should improve to claim an important road win. That should give them a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.