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National Basketball Association
Milwaukee at Toronto
When: 8:30 PM ET, Saturday, May 25, 2019
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario

The Toronto Raptors look to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history when they host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday. The Raptors have won the past three contests, including a 105-99 road win on Thursday that enabled them to take a 3-2 series lead.

Star small forward Kawhi Leonard poured in 35 points for his fourth 30-point outing of the series and has provided Toronto with the big-time performances the club was looking for when it acquired him from the San Antonio Spurs. "I'm not afraid of the moment," Leonard told reporters afterward. "This is what I work out for in the summer. I'm just trying to win. It's a matter of me being aggressive and don't shy away from anything." Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points in the untimely defeat but he was adamant that his team will still win the series. "We're not going to fold," Antetokounmpo said afterward. "Come on, man. Best team in the league, man. We're not going to fold. We're going to go in and give it everything we've got. We can't fold. We're going to come back to Milwaukee."

TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, TNT, Sportsnet One (Toronto)

ABOUT THE BUCKS: Milwaukee won a league-best 60 games in the regular season, which is why Antetokounmpo and others are bullish that the club's resiliency will ensure that a fourth loss doesn't occur. "I mean, if we don't have it now, our season is done," guard Malcolm Brogdon told reporters. "We've been resilient all year, and we're going to rely on each other and lean on each other as we've done all year, and go out and compete as hard as we can." Brogdon had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Game 5 while point guard Eric Bledsoe scored a series-best 20.

Backup point guard Fred VanVleet scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers in the Game 5 victory and is 10-for-12 from long range over the last two games after being 2-for-11 over the first three games. "Feels like I'm getting more better looks, more open looks, and as you make them, your teammates start to look for you more and more and the game kind of opens up all at once," VanVleet said after Game 5. "Just staying confident, staying in there ready to knock them down when I get the opportunity, and just staying locked in." Starting point guard Kyle Lowry was just 4-of-11 shooting but scored 17 points and is averaging 19.6 in the series.


1. Leonard made five 3-pointers in Game 5 for the third time this postseason.

2. Milwaukee SF Khris Middleton had just six points on 2-of-9 shooting in Game 5 after scoring 30 on 11-of-15 shooting in Game 4.

3. Toronto PF Pascal Siakam had his second double-double of the series in Game 5 (14 points, 13 rebounds) and is averaging 13.8 points and seven boards.

PREDICTION: Bucks 115, Raptors 109
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Milwaukee 69-23 W5 38-9 31-14 6-7 63-16 18-2 49-13
Toronto 66-29 L1 37-11 29-18 6-3 60-26 16-7 44-21
Last Meeting
Milwaukee Toronto
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
5/15/19 TOR 100 MIL 108 108 60 39.8 100 46 37.0
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee B. Lopez 29 57.1 1
Toronto K. Leonard 31 38.5 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 14 4 10
Toronto M. Gasol 12 0 12
Assists Player  
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 6
Toronto M. Gasol 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 2337 57.4 593
Toronto K. Leonard 2049 49.9 468
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 1049 186 863
Toronto S. Ibaka 684 173 511
Assists Player  
Milwaukee G. Antetokounmpo 487
Toronto K. Lowry 660
Quickchart Matchup
Milwaukee Milwaukee Off vs  Toronto Toronto Defense
Milwaukee Off vs Toronto - Points For 117.9 Points For
Milwaukee Off vs Toronto - Points Against 106.8 Points Against
Milwaukee - FG% 47.4 FG%
Toronto - FG% 44.4 FG%
Milwaukee - Reb 50.1 Reb
Toronto - Reb 44.9 Reb
Toronto Toronto Off vs  Milwaukee Milwaukee Defense
Toronto Off vs Milwaukee - Points For 112.9 Points For
Toronto Off vs Milwaukee - Points Against 108.4 Points Against
Toronto - FG% 47.0 FG%
Milwaukee - FG% 42.9 FG%
Toronto - Reb 44.8 Reb
Milwaukee - Reb 45.3 Reb