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Bucks vs Lakers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers
- Where: Los Angeles at Crypto.com Arena
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds LAL +5.5, MIL -235 | LAL +191 O/U OFF
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 37-17, while going 29-22-3 vs the spread. Milwaukee comes into the game having rattled off 8 straight wins. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of 12.5 points.
The Bucks will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Trail Blazers by a score of 127-108. Heading into the game, they were 4 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Milwaukee was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Trail Blazers to cut into their 10 point halftime lead. In the win, Brook Lopez led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 75.0%.
The Lakers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 25-30. So far, the team has gone 25-27-3 against the spread. Today, the Lakers will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. The team has lost these games by an average of -4.0 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Lakers were favored to win vs the Thunder. However, their 133-130 loss gave them both a straight up and ATS defeat. Even though Los Angeles made a substantial comeback in the 2nd half, it was not enough to make up for their 10 point halftime deficit. In the loss, LeBron James led the team in scoring with 38 points on a field goal percentage of 65.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Bucks averaged 120.0 points per game vs the Lakers. Similar to the Bucks, the Lakers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Milwaukee, the team averaged 109.0 points per game. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Los Angeles has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Bucks actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +5 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 229 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 54 games, Milwaukee is averaging 114.5 points per game (14th). In terms of pace, the Bucks are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.4 possessions per game. Yet, they are still a below average group in terms of made shots per game. So far, the Bucks are 15th in fields goals made per contest.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
This season, the Bucks offense has primarily worked through Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 43 games, Antetokounmpo is 3rd in the NBA at 32.2 points per game. So far, him and Holiday have accounted for 41% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 51.300000000000004 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jrue Holiday is grabbing 5.2 rebounds for Milwaukee to go along with 7.1 assists.
Through 55 games, Los Angeles is the 7th best scoring team at 117.3 points per game. In terms of pace, the Lakers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 102.6 possessions per game. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 4th team in made field goals per contest.
Currently, the Lakers defense is ranked 28th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 115.15 points per game vs the unit.
One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of LeBron James, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as James leads the team in scoring at 30.2 points per game while Davis is 2nd at 26.7. For the season, James is 7th in the NBA in usage rate and 18th in player efficiency. Behind him, Davis has taken 19.3% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 57.6%.
Bucks vs Lakers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF