NBA Odds: Lakers in Milwaukee
The Los Angeles Lakers have covered the posted spread in just three of their past 10 games against the Milwaukee Bucks as those teams prepare to meet in NBA betting action on Thursday night.
Los Angeles, though, topped Milwaukee 104-88 as a 6-point home favorite when those teams last met on January 15 in an UNDER result for totals bettors at the sportsbooks. The OVER/UNDER has gone 5-5 over the last 10 Lakers vs. Bucks games.
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The Bucks currently sports a record of 34-36, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 30-39-1 ATS. The Lakers are 37-35 and 29-43 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bucks post a 35-35 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Lakers have gone 38-33-1 against the number.
The Lakers were listed as 2-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 208 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bucks sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Lakers are at No. 12 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Lakers will win this game 102-99.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lakers rank No. 3 in the league with 44.8 per game. That compares with Milwaukee’s No. 5 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Milwaukee is the NBA’s No. 17-ranked team at 6.8 per game, while the Lakers rate No. 4 with 8.8 per contest.
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 28-rated defense on the road, giving up 104.5 points per game. Milwaukee, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.
Los Angeles was a 120-117 winner in its last match on the road against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 237 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Los Angeles got 31 points from Kobe Bryant en route to a 120-117 victory over Minnesota on Wednesday at Target Center.
In their last action, Milwaukee was a 100-92 loser on the road against the 76ers. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (192) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Bucks wasted a 29-point performance from Monta Ellis as Philadelphia ran past them 100-92 on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Sacramento are 8-2
After playing Minnesota are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Milwaukee Bucks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Oklahoma City are 2-8
After playing Philadelphia are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7
A few Lakers at Bucks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
LA Lakers are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games when playing Milwaukee
LA Lakers are 12-4 SU in their last 16 games when playing on the road against Milwaukee
LA Lakers are 12-6 SU in their last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Milwaukee's last 5 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games at home
Milwaukee is 4-12 SU in their last 16 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
LA Lakers at Sacramento, Saturday, March 30
Milwaukee home to Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 30