Milwaukee Bucks (53-9) at Los Angeles Lakers (47-13)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm (Staples Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for a win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 119.1 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.7 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 29.6 points and 13.8 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52.1 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have won six of their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after winning 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 114.6 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 107.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Anthony Davis is averaging 26.4 points and 9.4 rebounds while LeBron James is averaging 25.5 points and 10.6 assists. Kyle Kuzma is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won five straight home games.
The Bucks are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been the most consistent team in the league, including on the road where they win by an average of 10 points, so it's tough to turn them down in even a slight underdog role. In fact, this is only the fourth time this season the Bucks have been underdogs. With that said, the Los Angeles Lakers are healthy and playing their best basketball of the season right now, which includes winning their last five games by an average of 8.6 points while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Because the game is at the Staples Center, I'm siding with the Lakers in this near pick em.