The Milwaukee Bucks will visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in a matchup of two elite Eastern Conference squads.
The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBA TV (nationally) and Fox Sports Wisconsin (in Bucks markets). If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone, or streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
NBA TV (everywhere) and Fox Sports Wisconsin (local markets) are both included in the main Fubo bundle, which has 75-plus channels and is tailored towards sports. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which allows you to watch games up to three days after they air even if you forgot to record them.
NBA TV is included in the “Sling Blue” plus “Sports Extra” channel bundle, but Fox Sports Wisconsin is not available on Sling. You can sign up for a free seven-day trial right here, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Wisconsin (local markets) is included in the “Hulu with Live TV” channel bundle, but NBA TV is not available on Hulu. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game (if you’re in the Bucks market) on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
The Raptors and Bucks have already met once this season — a 124-109 Toronto victory — but it was hardly a preview of a potential Eastern Conference finals matchup; Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Raps’ and Bucks’ respective two-way superstars, sat out.
They’ll both go on Sunday. Leonard’s Raptors sit atop the conference with the league’s best record; the Greek Freak’s Bucks are currently the East’s third seed.
“I think it’s intriguing in general just because they are both going to want to go at each other a little bit,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said, according to STATS LLC. “Guard each other and go at each other and, while we don’t want it to be a personal battle, I’m assuming there will be a little personal-ness going on between them.
“I would imagine both of them are going to be excited to play and play with a lot of energy and force and try to get a lot of things done. They are both talked about (as being) among the best players in the East, both are in MVP talks now, so I think this is a game for them to see what happens.”
In the wake of an eight-game winning streak, the Raptors have dropped two of their last three, falling to the Denver Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets. Point guard Kyle Lowry, who leads the NBA in assists per game, shot 3-for-20 from three-point range in the three-game stretch, and 4-for-23 overall. He’s shooting 33.3 percent from deep on the year, his worst mark since 2009-10, his fourth NBA season.
“Missing shots; have to play better,” Lowry said, per STATS LLC. “I don’t make excuses and I don’t have any excuses to make. I’m just not playing well. So it’s as simple as that. I have to play better.
“I hold myself to a high standard and I have to play better. As the leader of this team, I have to figure out how to play a lot better offensively.”
Nurse wants his starting point guard to keep looking for his shot.
“I’d like for him to be a touch more aggressive,” Nurse said of Lowry, according to Sporting News. “He’s like a lot of players; when he’s feeling the stroke, he’s going to be aggressive. When it’s not quite feeling right, he’s going to try to do other things.”
The Bucks opened their season 13-4, but they’ve lost four of their last seven. The team recently consummated a pair of trades to bring in two veterans, point guard George Hill and center Jason Smith.
Hill spent his first three NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, while current Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer was a Spurs assistant.
“We’re really excited about adding him,” Budenholzer said, per STATS LLC. “Just another guard that can kind of play both positions. Attack off the dribble. Shoots the three-pointer at a high percentage. Defensively, I think he can guard multiple positions. I’ve been around him a lot. So there’s a great comfort level with me. The human is off the charts.”
Hill and Smith won’t play on Sunday.
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