2019 NBA Playoffs: Raptors vs. Bucks series schedule, scores, results, live stream, TV channel, times, dates, odds, pick

It took them two overtimes, but the Toronto Raptors got the big win they so desperately needed on Sunday evening, taking down the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-112. The Bucks' lead in the Eastern Conference finals is now 2-1. 

The game was pretty ugly early on, with both teams racking up plenty of missed shots, turnovers and fouls. But the Raptors found a way to thrive in the chaos, and built up a double-digit lead. They never seemed fully in control, though, and the Bucks got back in the game. Down the stretch, it turned into one of the most dramatic games of the postseason. In the end, the Raptors survived in double-overtime to secure a much-needed win. 

Kawhi Leonard played a whopping 52 minutes, finishing with 36 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled for the Bucks, shooting 5-of-16 from the field and turning the ball over eight times before fouling out. 

The Raptors now have a chance to tie the series at 2-2 when the teams square off on Tuesday night in Game 4. 

Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 Eastern Conference finals:

No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks vs. No. 2 Toronto Raptors

How to watch Game 4

  • Date: Tuesday, May 21
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Scotiabank Arena -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stats: GameTracker  
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (try it for free
  • Odds: N/A at this time

TV listings

All Eastern Conference finals games will air on TNT. Games on TNT can be streamed via fuboTV (try it for free).

Playoff series schedule, results (Milwaukee leads 2-1)

*All times Eastern   

  • Game 1: Bucks 108, Raptors 100 (Box Score)
  • Game 2: Bucks 125, Raptors 103 (Box Score)
  • Game 3 (at TOR): Raptors 118, Bucks 112 (Box Score) -- 2OT
  • Game 4 (at TOR): Tue., May 21, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: TNT
  • Game 5 (at MIL): Thu., May 23, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: TNT
  • Game 6* (at TOR): Sat., May 25, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: TNT
  • Game 7* (at MIL): Mon., May 27, 8:30 p.m. -- TV: TNT

*If necessary

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Storylines

Raptors: When Masai Ujiri pulled the trigger on the blockbuster trade to acquire Kawhi Leonard last summer, he did so with the hope that Leonard would lead the Raptors to the playoff heights they'd been unable to reach with DeMar DeRozan. With Leonard set to become a free agent this summer, it was a huge risk. But now, after their star man's heroics in Game 7 against the Sixers, it's just one series away from paying off. If Leonard can up his game yet again and lead the Raptors past the Bucks, they'll reach the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. 

Bucks: Much like the Raptors, the Bucks underwent plenty of change this summer. But instead of acquiring a top-five player in the league, they rebuilt around the one they already had. Mike Budenholzer arrived as the new head coach, retooled the Bucks' offense to provide spacing and shooting around Giannis Antetokounmpo and built an elite defense on the other end of the floor. Even those in charge in Milwaukee couldn't have expected things to go this well, as they earned the best record in the regular season and are now four wins away from their first trip to the Finals since 1974. 

Matchups to watch

1. Giannis Antetokounmpo vs. Kawhi Leonard: This won't be a true one-on-one matchup, because even though they will guard each other at points, neither is their team's main defensive option against the other. Still, it's an important matchup in the sense that these are two of the five best players in the league, and they will define how this series plays out. 

They are each two-way players capable of impacting the game on both sides of the ball, and though Leonard is more versatile on the offensive end, they each border on unstoppable at times. Neither team can expect to shut the other's star down, but the extent to which they can limit the damage they do will go a long way. 

Each team needs their star to show up in a big way, but especially the Raptors, whose supporting cast has been unreliable at times throughout the first two rounds. If Leonard doesn't at least match Giannis, it's hard to see how the Raptors would advance. 

2. Eric Bledsoe vs. Kyle Lowry: These two have had their fair share of struggles in the playoffs, both in the past and at times this season. But they're each vital to their team and when they play well, so does their team. In a series that will feature a number of key individual matchups, this is one of the most important. 

During the four regular-season meetings between these two teams -- three of which were won by the Bucks -- Bledsoe was an absolute menace on the defensive end against Lowry. The Raptors point guard didn't make a single shot while being guarded by Bledsoe, going 0-of-11 over 122 possessions, according to the NBA's matchup data. That simply cannot happen in this series. As well as Kawhi Leonard has played, he needs help from his supporting cast, and Lowry in particular. Scoring isn't the only aspect of Lowry's game, but he needs to score more than the 6.3 points per game he did in the regular season meetings for the Raptors to have a chance. 

3. 3-point shooting: Anyone who watched the Bucks on a frequent basis the past few seasons knew that the team needed to add more shooting around Giannis Antetokounmpo. Well, this season they went all in on that plan and developed one of the most potent 3-point attacks in the league, firing up nearly 40 3s per game in the regular season. In truth, they don't have many elite outside shooters but they have over half a dozen guys who are both willing and able to let it fly, and they can overwhelm teams when they get hot.

On the other side, the Raptors have a more balanced offense. They don't eschew the 3 in the way that the Spurs or Sixers do, but it isn't the focal point of their offense. Plus, they've been off the mark in the postseason, making just 32.7 percent of their attempts, which is by far the worst among the four remaining teams. They're going to have to start knocking down some shots from the outside though because as we saw in the Boston series, it's awfully tough to beat the Bucks when you can't hit 3s. 

Series prediction

Bucks in five. This is another exciting series in what has been a stellar Eastern Conference playoffs. These were the two best teams in the East all season long, and now they meet with a trip to the Finals on the line. But as good as the Raptors were this season, the Bucks were always a bit better, and they'll prove that in this series. Even if the two stars cancel each other out, the Bucks have a better supporting cast and more shooting.

2019 Playoff Bracket

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