Los Angeles Lakers (11-4) at Milwaukee Bucks (9-5)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -1 -- Over/Under: 228.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks meet Thursday in NBA action at the Fiserv Forum.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 115.3 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.1 points on 44.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 23.7 points and 7.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 21.3 points and 3.4 assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee Bucks look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 120.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.2 points and 10.2 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 22.1 points and 5.6 assists. Jrue Holiday is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is dishing 1.1 assists. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 40.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest. The under is 10-3 in Lakers last 13 overall. The under is 4-1 in Bucks last 5 overall. The Lakers are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Milwaukee and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
You can make a case for either side here, as you're talking to NBA title contenders who enter this contest playing great basketball. However, the Lakers are the more consistent team here overall and do have an advantage on the defensive side. It's not often you're going to get the Lakers in the underdog role, so you should probably take advantage of it while you can. I'll back the Lakers in this must watch NBA contest.