Brady Kannon and Amal Shah of The Money take us on a couple of key matchups on the NBA map, including reasons they lean towards a fighting Bucks team over the Raptors

There will be no rest for the tired as the Toronto Raptors compete in three more competitions after just six games before making a brief stop at their temporary home in Tampa, starting with the affair against the Tuesday Milwaukee Bucks

A game you can watch at 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Sportsnet Ontario and Sportsnet ONE, Tuesday’s is part of a Milwaukee two-game set that will usher in a slightly longer stretch of play that will be a tough test for Toronto promises

Four of the Raptors’ next five games will be played against the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, the two best teams in the Eastern Conference

On the one hand, this looks like a nightmare scenario for Toronto, a team that has been immersed in mediocrity all season and could very well see another steep fall in the standings, on the other hand, should Toronto face this difficult challenge, could finally breaking through the team and getting back on the road to success we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past seven years

Although Giannis Antetokounmpo hasn’t had as strong a season as the last two years when he won back-to-back MVPs, he’s still a gaudy number superstar and is a big problem for the Raptors

The last time the bucks hit the raptors on Jan. January 27 saw Antetokounmpo almost a triple-double as he ate Toronto alive, scoring 24 points, racking up 18 rebounds and dropping nine dimes while shooting 571 percent off the field

Without Marc Gasol anchoring the defense for the Raptors, Antetokounmpo has nothing to fear other than heading for the basket, and he knows it

Hence, the Raptors will need teamwork to find ways to slow Antetokounmpo down, if just a little, which will likely mean an early double to get the ball out of his hands before it can get into the paint, and probably a lot of help when he finally makes it inside

There is no way the raptors will be able to stop Antetokounmpo, but they should at least put some speed limits on his way

The problem with getting all the attention to Antetokounmpo, of course, is that this fits perfectly with Milwaukee’s general offensive schedule

As a planet-like gravity player, Defender, when drawn into Antetokounmpo, has the vision and ability to pass on to the myriad of Bucks shooters who orbit the perimeter and hit there at high speed

Milwaukee is third this season with three points, scoring a superb 39, 9 percent from deep This will be a real problem for the Raptors as a worrying trend will show with their inability to defend the three-point line

Toronto is 21 in the NBA in three-point percentage of the opponent so teams can shoot 378 percent from the depths And worse, should Toronto really allow an opponent to uncork remotely, the chances are the Raptors will lose Bei Their 15 losses this season, the Raptors allow teams to shoot 41, 6 percent from outside versus the 33 percent they give up on their 12 wins

It’s a big job asking the Raptors to slow down Antetokounmpo and take out Milwaukee’s three-point shooters like Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo and Bryn Forbes, but that’s exactly what the Raptors have to do

The Raptors will take a little break when they take on the bucks Tuesday night as Milwaukee starting point guardian Jrue Holiday will be forced to miss the game due to health and safety protocols

This opens up more potential minutesJ for infamous Raptors killer D Augustin, but Toronto is taking a break without seeing Holiday

Toronto is still struggling with injuries of its own, however, as both OG Anunoby and Yuta Watanabe – some players who could be useful in the Antetokounmpo matchup – are rated “doubtful” according to the latest official NBA injury report. p>

Without either of these two long, solid Raptors defenders, Tuesday could be ugly as Antetokounmpo is likely to have a big night

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