The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Los Angeles Lakers this Wednesday. Both teams are coming off double-digit losses. The Lakers play their first road game after five-straight games at the STAPLES Center. Meanwhile, the Bucks get a little breathing room with the help of their home crowd. The defending champions are coming off a five-game road streak where they only secured two wins.
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Lakers vs. Bucks Game Information
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- When: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- TV: ESPN
- Radio: 710 ESPNLA (Lakers) / Newsradio 620 WTMJ (Bucks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Lakers (+8) / Bucks (-8)
Why Bet on the Los Angeles Lakers?
The Lakers faced several injuries early into the season and are held back by the absence of their star players in recent weeks. Nevertheless, they have a shot at regaining their momentum this Wednesday. The team enters the contest with a top 10 scoring offense. The Lakers average 109.8 PPG on 46.2% shooting (tenth). LeBron James remains the team’s top scorer with 24.8 points per game. He is expected to return soon while Anthony Davis carries the bulk of scoring duties, who averages 24.2 PPG.
Despite the plethora of scorers, the Lakers present competent ball movement and average 23.9 assists (ninth) per game.
Anthony Davis dominates the boards with 10.9 rebounds per game. He is responsible for bringing the team’s total rebounds up to 54.7 (tenth) per game. In addition, he holds the team-high record in blocks with 2.1 per game. The Lakers average 6.2 blocks (third) per game.
The Lakers are still without LeBron James for a few games, while Anthony Davis is day-to-day. DeAndre Jordan is expected to fill in for Davis if the starters don’t get the green light to play.
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
The defending NBA champions struggle to find traction this season. Mike Budenholzer and the rest of his squad are eager to break a two-game losing streak. The team is not exactly the most impressive home team in the league. They managed to secure one home victory in five games at Fiserv Forum.
Despite a shaky season, the Bucks are still putting up impressive numbers in some areas. They have solid shooting from beyond the arc. The team shoots 35.5% from deep (10th) and makes 14.6 three-pointers per game (second). Overall, the team averages 107.9 points (18th) per game on 44.1% shooting (22nd).
Defense is another cause for concern. This is alarming for a team known for gritty defensive measures. The Bucks allow 109.8 opponent points (22nd) and collect 53.2 total rebounds (17th) per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the team in rebounds (11.3), as well as points (26.5) and assists (6.0).
Injuries are one of the reasons behind the Bucks’ underwhelming performances this season. The side remains without their three starters this Wednesday: Khris Middleton, Donte DiVincenzo, and Brook Lopez. Pat Connaughton, Bobby Portis, and Grayson Allen are expected to start for the team while the starters take more time off to recover.
Lakers vs. Bucks Betting Trends
- The Lakers are 2-3 in the last five regular-season road games against the Bucks (2-3 ATS).
- The Lakers are 4-6 in the last ten regular-season road games (3-7 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Lakers’ last ten regular-season road games against the Bucks.
- The Bucks are 8-2 in the last ten regular-season home games against the Lakers (5-5 ATS).
- The Bucks are 6-4 in the last ten regular-season games at the Fiserv Forum (3-7 ATS).
- The totals went under in four of the Bucks’ last five regular-season home games against the Lakers.
Lakers vs. Bucks Expert Betting Prediction
Both teams enter the game without key players. Nonetheless, this adds more unpredictable and exciting elements to the game. The Lakers and the Bucks look to find their stride after slow starts to their campaigns. Despite having more losses, the Bucks seem to have better chemistry on the court and give them a slight edge this Wednesday. However, covering the spread is still a possibility for the visitors. This should be an interesting clash for basketball and betting fans.
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