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Raptors-Bucks Preview

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Who’s playing?

The Toronto Raptors and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Where are they playing?

The BMO Harris Bradley Center. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When are they playing?

Saturday, April 5. 7:30 PM CT.

What’s at stake?

Toronto is one of six Eastern Conference teams to clinch a playoff berth, but they remain in a battle with Chicago for the third seed. Both teams sit at 44-32 with six games remaining.

Did Toronto win its last game?

The Raptors defeated Indiana 102-94 on Friday.

Did Milwaukee win its last game?

Of course not. The Bucks fell to Chicago 102-90 on Friday.

Who’s their best player?

This one’s a toss up between DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. After annexing Rudy Gay to the Kings in November, Toronto’s backcourt has done most of the heavy lifting, leading the charge into third in the East. Both Lowry and DeRozan are enjoying career seasons, with DeRozan earning his first All-Star bid.

Who’s hot for the Bucks?

I mean, Jeff Adrien scored 21 points Friday?

What’s the injury situation?

Milwaukee: Larry Sanders (face), Carlos Delfino (leg), Nate Wolters (hand) and Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) are out for the season. O.J. Mayo (ankle) is questionable.

Toronto: Kyle Lowry (knee) and Amir Johnson (ankle) are questionable. Both sat out Friday’s game.

What happened in previous meetings?

Toronto won each of the previous two meetings: A 97-90 victory on Nov. 2 and a 116-94 triumph on Jan. 13.

When do they play again? 

The Bucks head to Toronto on Apr. 14.

Projected starters

Raptors

C – Jonas Valanciunas

PF – Amir Johnson

SF – Terrence Ross

SG – DeMar DeRozan

PG – Kyle Lowry

Bucks

C – Zaza Pachulia

PF – Jeff Adrien

SF – Khris Middleton

SG – Ramon Sessions

PG – Brandon Knight

Team rankings

Raptors

Scoring: 14th (100.8)

Scoring defense: 7th (97.6)

Rebounding: 17th (42.6)

Assists: 19th (21.2)

Bucks

Scoring: 28th (94.9)

Scoring defense: 24th (103.3)

Rebounding: 24th (41.1)

Assists: 17th (21.4)

Leaders

Points: Knight (17.6), DeRozan (22.8)

Assists: Knight (4.9), Lowry (7.6)

Rebounds: Henson (7.2), Valanciunas (8.5)

Blocks: Henson (1.7), Johnson (1.2)

PER: Adrien (20.0), Lowry (19.9)

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