Toronto's most recent regular season meeting against the Bucks came in March of previous year where they were defeated in Milwaukee 101-94. If the dynamic duo gets going during the second half of the season, the Raptors will be tough to beat.
With Damian Lillard out of the lineup, Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum scored a game-high 32 points with eight assists and six rebounds to lead Portland past the Bulls, 124-120. Spencer Hawes also scored 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting off the bench. DeMar DeRozan had 11 in the loss.
Injury Report: Bucks forward Jabari Parker is recovering from a torn ACL and is targeting a mid-February return.
Bucks strong late: The Bucks come to Toronto on a two-game win streak.
Milwaukee came to the ACC fresh off a feat the Raptors couldn't achieve - beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road. Prior to the victory against the Thunder, the Bucks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 102-96, completing their largest comeback since 2013, fighting all the way back from 20-down in the third quarter.More news: Extreme cold warning issued for New Year's Eve revellers
Will the host Toronto Raptors cover the number as favorites tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Bucks? Toronto was on the road for January 1 last season, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 123-114 at Staples Centre. Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its last four games versus a team with a straight up losing road record.
The Bucks (19-15) were visiting Toronto for the first time since the opening round of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs, when the talented young squad led by 6-foot-11 phenom Antetokounmpo got the NBA's attention by going up 2-1 on the favoured Raptors before Toronto won in six. So far this season, DeRozan is averaging 24.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists.
Eric Bledsoe paced Milwaukee with 29 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo pitched in 26 with nine rebounds in defeat.
Getting familiar: After Monday's first meeting against the Bucks, the two teams will meet again on Friday, Jan. 5, this time in Milwaukee. Khris Middleton finished with 18 points in the entertaining rematch between first-round playoff opponents from last season, a series Toronto won in six.
The Raptors (25-10) have quietly risen to second in the Eastern Conference.