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2021 NBA Handicapping
(29-17) Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers (30-17)
Date: Wednesday, March 31
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: MIL -375 | LAL +295
NBA Betting Odds: MIL -9
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
This game may not feel like an NBA Finals preview on Wednesday but the Bucks (+300) have the second-best odds to win the Eastern Conference, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, while the Lakers (+125) remain the favorites out West as they cope with injuries to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Bucks started fast against the Clippers on Monday and won the first quarter by a dozen points.
But then Los Angeles, which played without Paul George, came back to take a lead going into halftime and then found some separation in the third. They won the fourth for good measure and turned it into a blowout, 129–105.
Giannis had 32; Jrue Holiday scored 24; and Khris Middleton was quiet but finished with a fairly efficient 15.
The other five guys who played double-digit minutes (Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, Bryn Forbes, Pat Connaughton, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo) did little.
It isn’t that they played poorly. They just didn’t have much of a winning impact on the game, which has been the story for more than just this season now.
Thanasis, the oldest of the three Antetokounmpo bothers in the NBA, is worth keeping an eye on. He’s only just started to play significant minutes and he entered the game against the Clippers with career-high scoring performances (12 and then 23) in his last two games.
Part of the reason Thanasis has played those minutes is because Bobby Portis (health and safety) and PJ Tucker (calf) have each missed the last three games. Both are listed as day-to-day.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers scored 96 points to defeat Orlando by three on Sunday. It was their second win in a row (100 was enough to topple the Cavaliers in the game before) following a four-game losing streak that began with the game LeBron James twisted his ankle.
James remains out for the foreseeable future. Anthony Davis has been ramping up his rehab as his return draws near. Don’t count on it being in this game, though.
Andre Drummond will make his Lakers debut on this night. ESPN has reported he will start at center. He hasn’t played in a game since February 12 when he was still with Cleveland.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Bucks are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Wednesday games.
- Bucks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- Bucks are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games as a road favorite.
- Under is 4-0 in Bucks last 4 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points.
- Over is 5-0 in Bucks last 5 games as a favorite.
- Over is 6-1 in Bucks last 7 games following a ATS loss.
- Head to Head: Bucks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Free Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction: the defenses keep it under.
Drummond isn’t likely to kickstart an offense that struggles to get into triple-digits at the moment.
He will have a greater, more immediate impact on defense but the Lakers will still struggle to keep up with the Bucks.
Lean Milwaukee minus the points but it isn’t a play to fall in love with either. You’d be just as well to play the under in a game both defenses will play with force.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Milwaukee -9 / Under 221.5
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