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Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks - 3/27/14

Milwaukee Bucks (13-58) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (24-46)

NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks will play for the second and final time this season when they meet on Thursday. The Bucks won the previous meeting, 94-79 back in December.

The Lakers have snapped a four-game losing streak with two consecutive wins, which includes a 127-96 victory on Tuesday over the New York Knicks. On the season, the Lakers average 102.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allow 108.4 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Scoring hasn't been an issue for the Lakers, as they’ve scored 100-plus points in 11 of their last 13 games. However, the Lakers are allowing opponents to shoot 48.9 percent from the field in their last five games, which isn’t going to result in many wins. The Los Angeles Lakers are 36-33-1 ATS overall and 19-16 ATS on the road.

Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks - 3/27/14

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The Bucks have lost eight straight games and 12 of 14 games in the month of March. On the season, the Bucks average 95.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allow 103.5 points on 46.8 percent shooting. The Bucks have lost 13 straight games when allowing 100 points, which isn’t a good sign when playing against the Lakers. Defensively, the Bucks are allowing teams to shoot 50.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Bucks are 32-39 ATS overall and 14-21 ATS at home. 

The Lakers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings against the Bucks.

While I am concerned about a letdown factor with the Lakers after a big win over the Knicks, the stat about the Bucks losing 13 straight when allowing 100 points keeps ringing in my head. Scoring hasn’t been an issue at all for the Lakers.

I’ll take Los Angeles and the point.  

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