NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Milwaukee Bucks (15-65) at Toronto Raptors (47-33). 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlantic Division-champion Toronto Raptors are still
battling for the third seed in the Eastern Conference and will welcome the
Milwaukee Bucks to Air Canada Centre Monday night.
The Raptors are even with the Chicago Bulls for the No. 3 spot and have won
eight of their last 10 games. The Raptors bounced back from a loss to the New
York Knicks by handing the Detroit Pistons a 116-107 defeat on Sunday, as
DeMar DeRozan poured in a game-high 30 points and Kyle Lowry tallied 28 points
and seven assists.
Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points and grabbed eight boards for the Raptors,
who tied a franchise season record for wins (47) and have a chance to break
the mark with two games left.
"That's big, to be tied with the franchise record and have a chance to break
it. We've come a long way," DeRozan said.
Greivis Vasquez contributed 14 points off the bench.
Toronto and Chicago have two games remaining, but the Raptors own the
tiebreaker advantage over the Bulls by virtue of winning the Atlantic
The Raptors have scored 100 or more points in six straight games and are 25-15
at home. They have a 31-19 mark against teams from the East and are 12-5 in
matchups with the Central Division.
Milwaukee is headed to the top of the NBA lottery list with its lowly 15-65
record and hopes to stop a 13-game road losing streak Monday.
The Bucks are 5-35 on the road and dropped a 104-91 decision at Washington on
Saturday, as Ramon Sessions and Khris Middleton scored 20 points apiece. John
Henson posted 13 points and seven boards off the bench in defeat.
"We tried to make plays that weren't there and they resulted in turnovers,"
said Bucks head coach Larry Drew.
Milwaukee is 2-15 in its last 17 games and will end the season Wednesday
versus Atlanta. Bucks guard Brandon Knight (hip) is questionable against the
Raptors, who are 3-0 against Milwaukee this season.
The Bucks had won 10 straight against Toronto until this season and have never
been swept by the Raptors in a season series.
04/14 10:24:25 ET