The Milwaukee Bucks have won two consecutive games after losing nine out of 11 contests from Jan. 30 to Feb. 23. It is critical that the Bucks keep their win streak alive against the Toronto Raptors, who have lost three straight coming into Saturday night’s game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Milwaukee currently sits in the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 28-28 record. If they want any hopes of catching up to the Boston Celtics (31-27) in the seventh seed they will need to take care of business against teams such as Toronto, who are reeling this time of year. The Bucks tend to play up to the level of their opponents, but that also means they play down when facing a team that does not match them talent wise. Hopefully, boosts from the red hot Monta Ellis and newly acquired shooting guard J.J. Redick will prevent that from happening.
The Raptors may be on a losing streak, but that does not mean they will be a push over. The team has played very well overall since they acquired small forward Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade on Jan. 30. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan is also playing some of the best basketball of his young career as he is averaging 17.8 points per game.
Milwaukee will need to ride the momentum wave they are currently on because after Toronto they will face three straight games against Western Conference teams that are contending for a playoff spot.
The Bucks defeated the Raptors 107-96 in Toronto on Jan. 13 and currently own an eight-game winning streak against them. The Raptors have lost six in a row to the Bucks in Milwaukee and have not won since Nov. 1, 2008. The two teams will face each other one more time in early April before the regular season concludes.