|Last 5 Games||1-4||-2.3||2-3||4-1||100.0||51.0||47.4%||51.6||105.6||55.0||45.3%||50.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||95.3||46.9||36-82||43.6%||7-19||35.1%||17-22||74.8%||50||12||21||21||7||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.4||50.2||37-83||45.3%||8-22||36.0%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||96.5||46.3||36-83||43.9%||7-19||35.2%||17-23||74.8%||49||11||21||21||7||14||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||103.5||52.0||38-82||46.7%||8-22||38.1%||18-24||75.0%||52||12||23||21||8||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||100.3||50.2||38-83||45.2%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||105.7||52.4||39-83||47.2%||8-22||38.3%||19-25||76.6%||52||12||23||21||7||14||6|
|Last 5 Games||4-1||+0.9||2-3||5-0||109.0||55.8||46.0%||46.8||104.2||51.2||46.4%||51.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||101.3||50.1||36-82||44.5%||9-23||37.2%||20-25||78.4%||51||11||21||23||7||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.7||50.4||38-83||45.4%||8-22||36.1%||18-23||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||103.3||50.4||37-82||44.6%||9-24||37.5%||21-26||79.0%||52||12||22||22||7||14||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||98.0||49.3||36-80||44.9%||7-19||35.7%||19-25||75.3%||51||10||21||22||7||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||100.2||50.1||37-83||45.3%||8-21||35.8%||18-23||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||98.7||48.2||37-81||45.2%||7-20||36.9%||18-24||75.3%||49||10||20||23||7||14||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MILWAUKEE 95.2, TORONTO 95.4|
|3/7/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||104-112||L||8||T||199.5||O||40-89||44.9%||53||9||42-84||50.0%||47||9|
|3/15/2014||@ NEW YORK||94-115||L||10||L||204.5||O||35-81||43.2%||44||10||42-76||55.3%||48||11|
|3/20/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||110-115||L||13||W||206.5||O||39-80||48.7%||47||10||43-80||53.7%||45||15|
|3/24/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||98-106||L||17||W||213.5||U||41-85||48.2%||42||10||38-78||48.7%||52||13|
|4/14/2014||@ TORONTO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/19/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||107-100||W||-2.5||W||194.5||O||36-86||41.9%||54||11||36-67||53.7%||41||12|
|4/14/2014||MILWAUKEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ NEW YORK|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MILWAUKEE: GUARDS: BRANDON KNIGHT slides into Brandon Jennings' point guard slot, but he's a much different player. Knight hasn't proven capable of running the point, and may eventually settle in as an undersized shooter . . . O.J. MAYO will be the focal point of this offense. He should build on his career-best year in Dallas . . . GARY NEAL will give them some instant offense as a sixth man . . . LUKE RIDNOUR provides Knight insurance, and the ability to play either guard spot. He should fit nicely alongside Mayo for stretches . . . KHRIS MIDDLETON could crack the rotation as a capable defender with upside as a shooter . . . Second-rounder NATE WOLTERS must knock down jumpers if he's going to get off the bench. FORWARDS: ERSAN ILYASOVA will once again have to earn his starter's minutes, as the Bucks have loaded up on quality frontcourt depth. He provides more offense than anyone else on the front line . . . CARON BUTLER should start at small forward for this team after freeing himself before ever having to play in Phoenix . . . CARLOS DELFINO will play a key role scoring off the bench. He's a streaky long-range gunner, but defends well enough to stay on the court . . . JOHN HENSON is on the verge of a breakout as an elite rebounder and shot-blocker. He's still a bit behind offensively, which could hold him back in a crowded post rotation . . . GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO was the most intriguing project in a weak draft, but the teenager is nowhere near ready for NBA action. He'll likely see time in the D-League until the second half of the season. CENTERS: We've loved LARRY SANDERS for years, and last year showed why. He's a Defensive POY candidate with a budding offensive game . . . ZAZA PACHULIA reunites with head coach Larry Drew as muscle off the bench . . . EKPE UDOH is likely on the outside looking in for this rotation.|
|TORONTO: GUARDS: KYLE LOWRY was banged up last season, but he enters this year healthy and has the potential to be one of the league's best two-way point guards . . . DEMAR DEROZAN does a nice job attacking, but he's a flawed player unless he develops a jump shot . . . The Raptors want TERRENCE ROSS to attack the basket more often. But whether he develops a three-point shot could determine where he fits into this rotation . . . After a disastrous season in Indiana, D.J. AUGUSTIN will have to earn his rotation spot. Toronto could use his shooting, though . . . DWIGHT BUYCKS comes back from Europe to back up Lowry . . . Versatile JULYAN STONE is an interesting bit piece, as he reunites with GM Masai Ujiri, who brought him to Denver. FORWARDS: Despite all that talent, RUDY GAY's poor shot selection and disinterested defense will have him on the trading block . . . AMIR JOHNSON will get another chance at full-time minutes. Despite some inconsistency, he still has the upside to be a good rebounder and shot-blocker . . . TYLER HANSBROUGH brings toughness and a decent mid-range jumper. He's a second-unit talent, but could challenge Johnson for minutes . . . LANDRY FIELDS is a well-compensated reserve . . . STEVE NOVAK gives them a legitimate shooter among the second unit . . . Toronto will try to shake some of that upside out of AUSTIN DAYE . . . QUINCY ACY will move to the three, likely making this a redshirt year. CENTERS: JONAS VALANCIUNAS is set to become Toronto's new centerpiece. Talented enough for them to run the offense through him, he's rapidly improving on both ends of the court . . . AARON GRAY will stick around as a decent back-up, a 7-footer who can get in the way defensively. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MILWAUKEE-TORONTO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Bucks-Raptors Preview* =======================
Milwaukee (15-65) at Toronto (46-33), 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Toronto Raptors have to like their chances of setting a franchise record for victories Monday night.
They'll try to complete their first season sweep of the league-worst Milwaukee Bucks, who are short-handed and in position to match their longest road losing streak in nine seasons.
Toronto (47-33) has already clinched the Atlantic Division but can still gain the No. 3 seed over Chicago. Both teams have two games left entering Monday.
The Raptors matched the club record for wins set in 2000-01 and tied in 2006-07 with Sunday's 116-107 win at Detroit.
"We definitely want to pass that record," forward Amir Johnson said. "We're still playing hard, we're still working on our game for the playoffs so we're still playing for something."
DeMar DeRozan scored 14 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter. The shooting guard is averaging 23.9 points during an 8-2 surge for Toronto.
"I understood if we were going to win the game, then I had to step it up," DeRozan said. "I just tried to make plays for us and get a couple of easy baskets."
Coach Dwane Casey wasn't happy with his frontcourt. Toronto was outrebounded 55-40 and outscored 50-42 in the paint.
"The thing that bothers me more is the rebounding," Casey said. "The kicking our butt in the paint, the physicality, taking advantage of us that way and that's all we've been talking about. Again it's something we've got to correct or it'll be a short stay in the playoffs."
One issue was that Johnson picked up five fouls in 16 minutes in his second game back after missing three with an ankle injury.
"I feel like I'm a step slow and these last two games will be important for me just to sort of pick it up and get my step back," Johnson said.
Milwaukee (15-65) is wrapping up the franchise's worst season and will try to avoid losing 14 straight on the road to close this one like it did in 2004-05.
The Bucks only had eight players available in Saturday's 104-91 loss at Washington. Khris Middleton and Ramon Sessions scored 20 points apiece.
"I was looking down at the end of the bench and I just didn't know, I didn't know who I had, who I didn't have, to be perfectly honest," coach Larry Drew said. "Man, I'm down to the bare minimum right now."
Leading scorer Brandon Knight was scratched with a sore right hip seconds before tipoff. He is questionable against Toronto.
The Raptors dropped 11 straight against the Bucks coming into this season, but have taken the first three meetings in 2013-14.
This contest could be tricky if Toronto turns in another poor effort inside after it was outscored 64-34 in the paint by Milwaukee in the previous meeting, though the Raptors still won 102-98 on April 5.
Greivis Vasquez, who scored a season-high 26 points in that contest for Toronto, played well down the stretch Sunday after starting point guard Kyle Lowry fouled out with 5:51 left.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 7:24:07 AM EST|