3 keys as Milwaukee Bucks look to bounce back against Toronto Raptors

Dec 2, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton. Toronto Raptors: Scottie Barnes
TORONTO, ON – DECEMBER 02: (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images) /

The Milwaukee Bucks will need a much better shooting performance against the Toronto Raptors (obviously)

I mean, what more can you say other than “the Bucks need to not have one of their worst shooting night from 3 again”?

Ignoring that Saddiq Bey had a career night from behind the line and the Pistons shot nearly 42 percent from 3, the Bucks still could have (perhaps even should have) won that game had they not shot 11-of-46 from 3 (just under 24 percent).

As I mentioned, they’ll be without Allen and Connaughton (who shot 2-of-12 against the Pistons), so that’s two of their best shooters but they can still expect more out of Khris Middleton (1-of-6 against the Pistons), Bobby Portis (2-of-6), and George Hill (0-of-5).

The Raptors have been notorious for conceding a lot of 3-point attempts, specifically from the corners. They allow 11.1 attempts from the corners this season, tied for the second-most, per NBA.com/stats.

In their first meeting this season, the Bucks once again only made 11 3s as they did against the Pistons, but only took 31 shots (35.5 percent). Although he won’t hit many 3s himself, having Giannis Antetokounmpo back for this matchup should lead to more open looks for his shooters and, ideally, more makes.

The Raptors are always a tough matchup for the Bucks (and Middleton in particular with how they pressure him), but coming off of a game last night, they’ll be a little tired.

The looks will be there, just as they were against the Pistons, but hopefully, the Bucks’ shooting luck is a bit better in this one.