With all the questions surrounding the Toronto Raptors in regards to whether they have made a step in the right direction during the offseason, the team has the opportunity to silence their critics by at least beating the teams that they are better than. The Milwaukee Bucks are one of those teams, and they will be welcoming the Raptors back to the state of Wisconsin tonight.
The Raptors and Bucks didn’t have a chance to size each other up during their preseason meeting last Friday as the game was called due to floor moisture, but Saturday’s game is all set to go. Both teams are recognized as the the types to occupy the basement of the Eastern Conference throughout the season, but the Raptors like to think otherwise. Beating teams like the Bucks is an absolute must for the Raptors, as they will be hard pressed to beat the conference’s best later in the season.
The Bucks appear to be vulnerable as they will still most likely be without newly-acquired point guard Brandon Knight. The former Detroit Piston has been out with a hamstring injury and has been replaced by Nate Wolters. /
If the Raptors get a solid outing from the likes of Amir Johnson and Rudy Gay, the Bucks will find it very hard to continue their home opener success. The Bucks are an impressive 33-12 in their home opener history, but judging by tomorrow’s talent comparison, the Raptors have the better chance of spoiling the party in Milwaukee.
The Raptors will always bear the brunt of negativity and skepticism as they fight their way toward a playoff birth for the first time since the 2009-10 season, but beating inferior teams such as the Bucks will make it easier for them down the stretch. That’s what makes these types of matchups so important. You win the games you are supposed to win, and you try to pull off a miracle when all odds say otherwise. The Raptors shouldn’t lose to the Bucks on Saturday night.