Rick Zamperin: Toronto Raptors will take out the Milwaukee Bucks in 7

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Three days after one of the most exciting endings to a game in NBA playoff history, the Toronto Raptors are in Milwaukee Wednesday night for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.How did these two teams get here?🗣 Hello Wisconsin! pic.twitter.com/MNQFDL1RKM— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 14, 2019
The top-seed Bucks steamrolled through the competition to a 60-22 record in the regular season and have followed that up with an impressive run in the playoffs, sweeping Detroit in Round 1 and blowing away Boston in five games.The second-seeded Raptors finished just two games behind Milwaukee at 58-24, the second-best record in the league, and promptly dumped Orlando in five games before dispatching Philadelphia in a seven-game slug fest.READ MORE: Toronto Raptors advance to conference finals after nail-biting Game 7 win
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Which team has the edge?Milwaukee is certainly the fresher of the two teams after playing three fewer games and not seeing game action since May 8. When Game 1 tips off, we will quickly see if the Bucks are fresh or rusty.After an emotionally-charged ending to their series with the 76ers on Sunday, are the Raptors going to be mentally ready for the opening game?
You might as well throw out Milwaukee’s 3-1 record against Toronto during the regular season, because both teams have changed since the trade deadline when the Bucks acquired Nikola Mirotic and the Raps picked up Marc Gasol.The Greek Freak vs. The ClawThis series will likely come down to how two of the best players in the league perform, and if their surrounding cast picks up the slack.READ MORE: Toronto Raptors attract biggest Canadian TV audienceMilwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in the playoffs. ‘The Greek Freak’ can be an unstoppable force, but he hasn’t faced a defence like Toronto this post-season.Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard is averaging 31.8 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in the playoffs. ‘The Claw’ is a battle-tested playoff performer who has an NBA Finals MVP Award on his resume, but can only do so much if teammates Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam are held in check.Raptors star Kawhi Leonard ready for Milwaukee Bucks challenge in conference finals Rick Zamperin: Toronto Raptors will take out the Milwaukee Bucks in 7https://globalnews.ca/news/5276989/rick-zamperin-toronto-raptors-milwaukee-bucks-in-7/