The No. 1-seeded Milwaukee Bucks will look to take a 2-0 series lead over the No. 2-seeded Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night.

The Bucks pulled off a surprising 108-100 win over the Raptors in Game 1 despite being vastly outplayed by Toronto during the first three quarters. The Raptors didn’t trail at all during the game until there were less than 10 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, when Milwaukee went on an 8-0 run to seize control.

Believe it or not, it was Brook Lopez — not Giannis Antetokounmpo — who emerged as the star. The 31-year-old veteran led the way with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while converting on 12-of-21 shots and four 3-pointers.

The Raptors will also hope that Kyle Lowry turns in another monster performance in Game 2. The much-criticized point guard turned in his best performance of the 2019 NBA playoffs, scoring 30 points and grabbing eight rebounds.

Here’s everything you need to know about Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

How to watch Raptors vs. Bucks Game 2

  • Date: Friday, May 17
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stats: GameTracker  
  • Streaming: FuboTV
  • Odds: Bucks -6.5 (Over/Under 215.5)

Odds and Analysis

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Storylines

Raptors: The Raptors controlled Game 1 for the first three quarters before imploding in the fourth quarter. Toronto’s main issue was that they simply couldn’t grab offensive rebounds, with the Bucks outrebounding the Raptors 15-8 for the game. Another issue Toronto had was its efficiency — outside of Lowry, the Raptors combined to go 24-of-77 from the field (31.1 percent). Kawhi Leonard was also a disappointment, going 10-for-26 from the field with just two points in the fourth quarter.

Bucks: The Bucks should feel pretty good about themselves, because they played a less-than-perfect game and still escaped with a victory in Game 1. Antetokounmpo wasn’t dominant — his 24 points and 14 rebounds were rather quiet — but role players such as Lopez and Malcolm Brogdon — 15 points on 5-of-9 from the field — stepped up to lead Milwaukee to victory. It should be interesting to see if Mike Budenholzer starts Brogdon after he posted a game-high +18 plus/minus rating in Game 1.

Game prediction, pick

Despite the Raptors’ collapse in Game 1, they were the better team in the opening game of this series. With Game 2 virtually being a must-win for the Raptors, I’d assume Toronto pulls out the victory. It’s hard to imagine Leonard shooting poorly from the field for a third-consecutive game and he’s more aware than anybody else how damaging a 2-0 deficit would be to Toronto in this series.

Considering I picked this series to go to six games, expect Leonard, Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka and Lowry to come out with superb efforts to even this series at one apiece.

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