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Milwaukee Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks' teammates tangle with the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference Championships beginning tonight.

driving past Boston Celtics' Aron Baynes during the first half of Game 5 of a second round NBA basketball playoff series in Milwaukee. Leading the Bucks’ resurgence is MVP candidate Antetokounmpo, a fan favorite and a source of pride for Milwaukee’s Greek community. Antetokounmpo was born in Athens, Greece.“It’s important for the Greek community to be able to gather together as a unit and celebrate him. And he in turn celebrates us,” said Tim Stasinoulias, 61, a Bucks fan since the team came to Milwaukee in 1968.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Toronto Raptors (58-24, second in the Eastern Conference during the regular season) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (60-22, first in the Eastern Conference during the regular season)

Milwaukee; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EDT

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS: Milwaukee hosts first series matchup

BOTTOM LINE: The Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors in game one of the Eastern Conference finals. Milwaukee went 3-1 against Toronto during the regular season.

The Bucks have gone 33-8 at home. Milwaukee ranks seventh in the NBA with 26 assists per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks averaging 5.9.

The Raptors are 26-15 in road games. Toronto ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 35.6 defensive rebounds per game, led by Kawhi Leonard averaging 6.0.

TOP PERFORMERS: Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks scoring 27.7 points per game and averaging 12.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. Khris Middleton has averaged 19.3 points and added 5.5 rebounds while shooting 45.0 percent over the last 10 games for Milwaukee.

Serge Ibaka leads the Raptors with 8.1 rebounds and averages 15 points. Leonard has averaged 32 points and totaled 9.2 rebounds while shooting 53.7 percent over the last 10 games for Toronto.

DURING THE PLAYOFFS: Raptors: Averaging 103.6 points, 41.8 rebounds, 22.3 assists, 8.2 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 96 points on 41.3 percent shooting.

Bucks: Averaging 116.9 points, 52.0 rebounds, 25.6 assists, 6.1 steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 101.6 points on 39.9 percent shooting.

Bucks Injuries: Pau Gasol: out for season (ankle), Donte DiVincenzo: out for season (heel).

Raptors Injuries: Chris Boucher: out (back spasms), OG Anunoby: out (appendix).

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