Milwaukee Bucks (40-35) at Los Angeles Lakers (33-41)
|Date & Time||Friday March 30, 2018, 10:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers -1 -- Over/Under: 220
The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers meet Friday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks look for another big road victory after splitting their last eight games. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 105.9 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 106.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 27.2 points and 10 rebounds while Khris Middleton is averaging 20.1 points and four assists. Eric Bledsoe is the third double-digit scorer and Jabari Parker is grabbing four rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.8 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The Milwaukee Bucks have lost five of their last eight road games.
The Los Angeles Lakers look to play spoiler after losing six of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 108.4 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 109.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Kyle Kuzma is averaging 15.9 points and 1.8 assists while Julius Randle is averaging 16.2 points and eight rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is the third double-digit scorer and Brook Lopez is grabbing four rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.9 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have won 10 of their last 12 home games.
The Bucks are 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Lakers are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 21-6-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers have been extremely good at home in the second half of the season and aren't the team you want to play on the end of a back to back given their up tempo style. However, the Milwaukee Bucks need to win as many games as they can in hopes of improving their playoff position, and they have the length and defense to slow things down, making the young Lakers uncomfortable. I'm going to take the free point and the team that still has something to play for at this point in the season.