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Bucks face Lakers: NBA odds preview

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6-24December 31, 2013, 10:30 | STAPLES Center13-18

STAPLES Center features an NBA battle between the host Los Angeles Lakers and the visiting Milwaukee Bucks in betting action on Tuesday.

Los Angeles will face the 6-24 Bucks, who own a 11-19 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Lakers are 15-16 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bucks are 17-13 favoring the OVER.

View Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 26-rated Lakers and the No. 30-rated Bucks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 88-84 win for the Lakers on Tuesday.

Milwaukee was a 117-95 loser in its last match at home against the Timberwolves. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 212 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Milwaukee was crushed on Saturday, getting run out of the gym by Minnesota and falling 117-95 at Bradley Center.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 111-104 loser as they battled the 76ers at home. The Lakers failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 215 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Los Angeles got 26 points from Nick Young en route to a 111-104 loss against Philadelphia on Sunday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bucks rank No. 26 in the league with 41.33 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 16 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.45 per game, while the Bucks rate No. 21 with 7.07 per contest.

Next up:
Milwaukee at Utah, Thursday, January 2nd
Los Angeles home to Utah, Friday, January 3rd