Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

The Raptors are looking for back-to-back road wins for the first time in six weeks as they take on the playoff bound Bucks in Milwaukee.

Start time: 8:30 PM ET
Channel: Sportsnet One

Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Milwaukee: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Marquis Daniels, Ersan Ilyasova, Larry Sanders

Injury report
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Milwaukee: No injuries to report

Random Thoughts

  • Both teams are on the second night of back-to-backs, as while the Raptors were holding off the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Friday night, the Bucks were getting blown out by the red hot Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
  • In early March, the Bucks looked more than capable of making the Eastern Conference’s eighth seed respectable again. Since moving three games above .500 (32-29) on March 10 however, Milwaukee has lost 10 of 14 and seven of their last 10 to drop three games below .500. Their playoff spot is still secure (they’re five games clear of ninth) since the teams occupying the 9-15 spots in the East played themselves out of contention by late February, but if the Bucks were in the West, they’d be in 11th place and 3.5 games of eighth. So much for the East’s eighth seed and overall playoff race being respectable again.
  • We’ve talked recently about the superb numbers (especially defensively) of the Raptors’ starting five, but the unit hasn’t had the chance to face the Bucks yet, as Rudy Gay missed Toronto’s last meeting in Milwaukee back on March 2. While it means nothing in the grand scheme of things, I am generally looking forward to how a Raptors team with Gay in the lineup looks against the East’s last playoff team.