The Milwaukee Bucks travel to Los Angeles to take on the struggling Lakers in what should have been a marquee game between two title contenders.However, without LeBron James and Anthony Davis, this game is losing its luster as the Lakers offensive has struggled and will struggle to keep up with the Bucks run-and-gun
These two teams will meet for the second time this season, with the Lakers winning Game 1 113-106 at Milwaukee The Bucks haven’t been very good at covering lately, going 1-6 ATS in of their last seven games and being beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers in the previous game, 129-105
However, that should be a great rebound point with healthy Giannis Antetokounmpo in his second game after a four-game hiatus with a knee injury Also, I imagine the Bucks would like revenge for the loss earlier this season.I’m looking for the Bucks to easily dispose of the Lakers’ skeleton crew and cover the spread
Bucks look to stop the bleeding after three-game losing streak Jrue Holiday has been playing well lately after missing 10 games in February due to league health and safety protocol He’s been strong on both sides of the pitch, but his defense is what will really help against Dennis Schroder, one of the Lakers’s top scorers. Holiday is ranked third in the league in interceptions per game (18) and his knack for picking pockets will give them plenty of quick break opportunities against the roll-prone Schroder.
While I’m not overly optimistic about the Bucks and their chances of winning a title, with Holiday played well and Antetokounmpo back in roster, I believe the Bucks can return to their winning mode.
As of the 2018-19 season, the Bucks are 61-36-3 (629%) ATS as big favorites (by seven points or more), according to our Bet Labs tool Don’t be afraid to bet on them to cover those wide spreads, as they’ve been proficient and consistent in doing so.They also don’t let go of their foot off the gas pedal with a lead, as their shoal comes in and continues to bombard all three pointers
As of the 2017-18 season, road favorites (by five points or more) who lost their previous game in the same season finished 52-33-1 (612%) ATS, according to the database Sports Data Query Language It’s active on the Bucks These teams usually take care of business and take revenge in these situational places
The Los Angeles Lakers are on a two-game winning streak, but don’t be fooled These two wins came against the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic, two of the worst teams in the league
In the six games starting with the game against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20, the Lakers are ranked 29th in the offensive standings (998), according to advanced NBA stats They are also ranked fifth in the defensive standings ( 1045), but I think it’s an illusion due to playing some offensively challenged teams
Wednesday will be the debut for newly acquired André Drummond, who will give them a real defensive presence inside, something they really lacked with Anthony Davis out of the roster.
While I think the acquisition of Drummond will pay off, I’m usually not too excited about new starters getting into a team. My theory is that the market values their addition as an immediate benefit, but I think it takes time for the player to stabilize and acclimate to the roster, role and new teammates. Plus, more minutes for Drummond will likely mean fewer minutes for Montrezl Harrell, one of their main bench players and consistent scorers.
Home underdogs on a win and their opponent is off with a loss have gone 185-304-11 (378%) since the 2012-2013 season, according to the SDQL database This is active on the Lakers, who are up for a spot of disappointment against the starving Bucks after a loss
Finally, the Lakers play their final home game before embarking on a seven-game road trip Road trips of this duration haven’t happened frequently, but since the 2014-15 season, home teams before going on a seven-game road trip went 9-20 (31%) ATS, according to the SDQL database Teams at this location may not be as mentally focused as they are soaking up their final moments at home before leaving for a long road trip
Pick the Bucks to cover that gap against the shorthanded Lakers The Bucks are healthier, more motivated by some recent losses, and are in a great position of revenge against the Lakers
The Lakers are struggling to attack and I think they have a disappointing spot as they look forward to a long road trip I’m spreading on this Bucks -10 game and I think the Bucks run away quickly with this one in a Lakers blowout
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