The Battle for the Top Spot in the Eastern Conference
As we are gearing up for the NBA playoffs, some of the teams are making the final push in order to secure a postseason spot.
Simply said, the season is down to just a few crucial games. Moreover, it seems that the hardest battle will be for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. But, the battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference is still up for grabs, although the Bucks are the favourite to end on the prime position. Therefore, in this article, we will analyze both teams. Also, our prediction is that the Raptors and the Bucks may face in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Bucks are one of the better teams this season. Moreover, this Milwaukee team owns the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Also, they are heading into the final weeks with a 4 games lead over the Raptors. Additionally, the Bucks were able to clinch the Central Division title. Therefore, they are heading into this playoffs on the wings of success this season. This is a strong team this year and it is no surprise that many see them as one of the favourites.
The Bucks have strong offensive firepower. Moreover, they score an average of 117.4 points per game. And this scoring record is the 2nd best in the NBA this season. Yet, their strongest part of their game is their rebounds success as they have 49.4 per game. And this is the best record in the NBA this season.
On the defensive side of the game, they allow an average of 108.2 points per game, which is the 9th best scoring defence record in the league.
Yet, heading into the final games and the playoffs, the Bucks will rely heavy on Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The 24 years old forward leads the Bucks with 29.9 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game in the team’s last 10 games. Moreover, the Greek international has a great season so far and there is more to come from him.
The Raptors are having a good season. Moreover, they are in a surprisingly good position as they have a chance to win the Eastern Conference. Also, they have 7 games left and they are 4 games behind the Bucks.
The potential reward for such an accomplishment is the #1 seed for the playoffs.
Based on their statistical data, this Toronto team has very good potential. However, it is important to emphasize that they need to improve in certain areas of the game.
For example, the Raptors score an average of 114.1points per game which is the 8th best record in the NBA. And although this is a solid record, they will need to improve, especially in a potential showdown with the Milwaukee Bucks. Combined with that, Toronto is the 10th best team in scoring defence as they concede an average of 108.8 points per game. On a positive note, they have the in-form Kawhi Leonard. Moreover, the 27 years old small forward scores an average of 28.4 points per game while shooting 51.9 per cent from the field, including 46 per cent from three-point range.
The Raptors played well last season as well and they are enjoying a steady progress in the last few seasons. Definetly, there is more to come from them in the future.
All in all, we can expect some interesting and tight games in the final weeks of the regular season. Moreover, it is an opportunity for certain teams to step up and to secure a better position for the playoffs. Certainly, the Toronto Raptors are one of those teams that can challenge in these final weeks.
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