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Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks

Los Angeles
Lakers
11 - 4
Milwaukee
Bucks
9 - 5
January 21, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
 | Fiserv Forum

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Los Angeles
Lakers
11 - 4
Milwaukee
Bucks
9 - 5
January 21, 2021, 7:30 PM EST
 | Fiserv Forum
  • Expect playoff intensity tonight as Los Angeles (11-4 SU, 8-7 ATS) and Milwaukee (9-5, 6-8) both look to bounce back from disappointing losses on Monday. The Lakers beat the Bucks 113-103 last March for their first win in the last seven meetings.

    Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
    • Date/Time: January 21, 8 p.m. ET
    • Arena: Fiserv Forum
    • TV Coverage: TNT
    • Sportsbook Odds: Bucks -2.5 | O/U 229.5 (Line History)
    • Lakers vs Bucks Matchup Report

    Sportsbook Odds Analysis

    It’s been nearly two calendar years since the Bucks were underdogs on their own court, but we might see that tonight. After Sportsbook as 2.5-point dogs, the Lakers had been bet up to as high as 1.5-point chalk at some books by Thursday morning.

    Los Angeles News & Notes

    The Lakers’ defense let them down in Monday’s 115-113 loss to Golden State, when LA let an early 19-point lead slip away. The Warriors scorched LA for 67 points in the second half and shot 60.9 percent from the field in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lakers 34-21 in the final frame.

    LeBron James and Anthony Davis were both quiet offensively against the Dubs, combining to score just 36 points on 12-for-32 shooting. It marked just the fifth time that neither James nor Davis scored at least 20 points in a game they both started. Their subpar performance also wasted a 25-point evening from Dennis Schroder and a 15-point, 10-rebound showing from Kyle Kuzma, his second consecutive double-double.

    It all sets up well for a strong bounce-back effort from James, Davis and the Lakers, especially as they open a seven-game road trip. LA is 7-0 SU on the highway this season, compared to just 4-4 at the Staples Center.

    The Lakers are also 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a SU loss and should relish the chance to face an elite opponent after seeing nothing but the Warriors, Pelicans, Thunder, Rockets, Bulls, Spurs and Grizzlies since late December.

    Milwaukee News & Notes

    The Bucks are in a bounce-back spot themselves after Monday’s 125-123 loss to the Nets that snapped a four-game winning streak. Milwaukee has surprisingly already allowed 125 points or more in three games this season, but the Bucks have rebounded strongly following those previous two losses – beating the Heat 144-97 and the Cavaliers 100-90. Going back to last season, Milwaukee is a sizzling 37-17 ATS in its last 54 games following a SU defeat.

    Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton couldn’t be faulted for Monday’s loss, at least not at the offensive end. Milwaukee’s top two scorers combined for 59 points as Antetokounmpo hit 13 of his 26 field-goal attempts and also knocked down six of eight from the free-throw line, three days after going 1-for-10 from the charity stripe against the Bulls.

    However, Milwaukee needs to get more from its supporting cast than it has over its past two games. Brook Lopez and Jrue Holiday were the only other Bucks to crack double digits in scoring against the Nets and Mavericks.

    Betting Pick: UNDER 229

    These teams were two of the NBA’s top four in defensive efficiency last year and should each bring a strong focus at that end of the floor following subpar performances Monday.

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    Shark Bites
    • The UNDER has hit in 10 of the Lakers’ last 13 games.
    • Milwaukee is 37-17 ATS in its last 54 games after a SU loss.
    • Milwaukee is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games vs LA.

Odds

Thursday, January 21 Thu Jan 21


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
+2.5
-110
+115
o229.5
-110
-2.5
-110
-138
u229.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
+1.5
-110
-103
o228
-105
-1.5
-110
-117
u228
-115

Edge Finder

117.11
Total Score
112.39
48.47
Field Goal %
45.57
33.66
Three Point %
35.50
79.26
Free Throw %
74.40
44.87
Total Rebounds
48.24
117.11
Total Score
112.39
28.49
First Quarter
29.41
30.06
Second Quarter
26.24
28.15
Third Quarter
29.50
29.70
Fourth Quarter
26.57
48.47
Field Goal %
45.57
79.26
Free Throw %
74.40
33.66
Three Point %
35.50
30.85
Three's Attempts
39.43
10.38
Three's Made
14.00
9.26
Offensive
11.83
35.62
Defensive
36.41
44.87
Total Rebounds
48.24
24.94
Assists
24.61
18.77
Fouls
18.15
13.55
Turnovers
14.39
6.55
Steals
6.50

Head To Head

LAL
Stat Type MIL
3-7
Record
7-3
5-5
ATS
5-5
4-6
O/U
4-6
108.90
Score
110.60
54.80
Half Time Score
56.80
44.85%
Field Goal Percentage
47.37%
44.80
Rebounds
43.00
109/314
3 Point Shots
95/302
7.00
Steals
9.50
LAL
Stat Type MIL
1-2
Record
2-1
1-2
ATS
2-1
0-3
O/U
0-3
106.00
Score
109.67
50.67
Half Time Score
58.00
42.02%
Field Goal Percentage
44.71%
44.00
Rebounds
46.33
34/110
3 Point Shots
43/129
8.00
Steals
10.33
Mar 6/20 (1 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Home
Away
113
Score
103
-1.5
ATS
+1.5
228.5 o
O/U
228.5 u
48
Half Time Score
48
41.80%
Field Goal Percentage
41.60%
52
Rebounds
45
6/32
3 Point Shots
12/43
11
Steals
8
Dec 19/19 (2 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Away
Home
104
Score
111
+3.5
ATS
-3.5
227 o
O/U
227 u
46
Half Time Score
65
46.30%
Field Goal Percentage
46.80%
38
Rebounds
40
12/35
3 Point Shots
16/39
4
Steals
14
Mar 19/19 (3 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Away
Home
101
Score
115
+11
ATS
-11
228.5 o
O/U
228.5 u
58
Half Time Score
61
38.40%
Field Goal Percentage
46.10%
42
Rebounds
54
16/43
3 Point Shots
15/47
9
Steals
9
Mar 1/19 (4 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Home
Away
120
Score
131
+5.5
ATS
-5.5
240 o
O/U
240 u
65
Half Time Score
59
47.90%
Field Goal Percentage
51.60%
40
Rebounds
51
13/40
3 Point Shots
14/40
4
Steals
4
Mar 30/18 (5 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Home
Away
122
Score
124
+1.5
ATS
-1.5
222.5 o
O/U
222.5 u
57
Half Time Score
68
51.10%
Field Goal Percentage
47.90%
56
Rebounds
39
8/27
3 Point Shots
11/29
5
Steals
14
Nov 11/17 (6 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Away
Home
90
Score
98
+6
ATS
-6
217.5 o
O/U
217.5 u
49
Half Time Score
51
41.90%
Field Goal Percentage
40.70%
49
Rebounds
42
6/22
3 Point Shots
6/23
7
Steals
11
Mar 17/17 (7 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Home
Away
103
Score
107
+8
ATS
-8
213 o
O/U
213 u
46
Half Time Score
61
45.20%
Field Goal Percentage
48.80%
40
Rebounds
43
11/29
3 Point Shots
4/24
7
Steals
7
Feb 10/17 (8 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Away
Home
122
Score
114
+6
ATS
-6
217 o
O/U
217 u
76
Half Time Score
55
52.00%
Field Goal Percentage
52.60%
33
Rebounds
34
15/30
3 Point Shots
8/28
9
Steals
11
Feb 22/16 (9 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Away
Home
101
Score
108
+9
ATS
-9
210.5 o
O/U
210.5 u
48
Half Time Score
54
36.80%
Field Goal Percentage
51.20%
46
Rebounds
44
12/29
3 Point Shots
5/16
7
Steals
10
Dec 15/15 (10 of 10)
LAL
Stat Type MIL
Home
Away
113
Score
95
+3.5
ATS
-3.5
198.5 o
O/U
198.5 u
55
Half Time Score
46
46.10%
Field Goal Percentage
47.10%
52
Rebounds
38
10/27
3 Point Shots
4/13
7
Steals
7

Team Records

LAL
Record MIL
11-4
All
9-5
4-4
Home
6-1
7-0
Away
3-4
11-4
As Fav
9-5
0-0
As Dog
0-0
8-7
ATS
6-8
3-5
ATS Home
4-3
5-2
ATS Away
2-5
6-9
O/U
8-6
5-3
O/U Home
4-3
1-6
O/U Away
4-3
LAL
Record MIL
8-2
All
7-3
2-2
Home
5-1
6-0
Away
2-2
8-2
As Fav
7-3
0-0
As Dog
0-0
5-5
ATS
4-6
1-3
ATS Home
3-3
4-2
ATS Away
1-3
4-6
O/U
4-6
3-1
O/U Home
3-3
1-5
O/U Away
1-3
LAL
Record MIL
0-2
All
5-0
0-2
Home
4-0
0-0
Away
1-0
0-2
As Fav
5-0
0-0
As Dog
0-0
0-2
ATS
3-2
0-2
ATS Home
3-1
0-0
ATS Away
0-1
2-0
O/U
2-3
2-0
O/U Home
2-2
0-0
O/U Away
0-1
LAL
Record MIL
1-0
All
7-4
1-0
Home
4-0
0-0
Away
3-4
1-0
As Fav
7-4
0-0
As Dog
0-0
0-1
ATS
5-6
0-1
ATS Home
3-1
0-0
ATS Away
2-5
1-0
O/U
6-5
1-0
O/U Home
2-2
0-0
O/U Away
4-3
LAL
Record MIL
10-4
All
2-1
3-4
Home
2-1
7-0
Away
0-0
10-4
As Fav
2-1
0-0
As Dog
0-0
8-6
ATS
1-2
3-4
ATS Home
1-2
5-2
ATS Away
0-0
5-9
O/U
2-1
4-3
O/U Home
2-1
1-6
O/U Away
0-0

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
LeBron James SF Is "?" Saturday vs New Orleans, Ankle
Anthony Davis PF Is probable Saturday vs New Orleans, Foot
Austin Reaves SG Is out indefinitely, Hamstring
Name Position Inj Desc
Serge Ibaka PF Is out indefinitely, Personal
Giannis Antetokounmpo PF Is probable Saturday vs Miami, Knee
Bobby Portis PF Is out indefinitely, Knee
Marjon Beauchamp SF Is probable Saturday vs Miami, Knee

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Jan 18, 2021 GS 113-115 L -9 225.50 L/O 48.19 72.73 9
Jan 15, 2021 NOP 112-95 W -9 218.50 W/U 41.94 73.08 15
Jan 13, 2021 OKC 128-99 W -10.5 219.50 W/O 49.47 77.27 17
Jan 12, 2021 HOU 117-100 W -5 224 W/U 50.00 70.37 14
Jan 10, 2021 HOU 120-102 W -4 223.50 W/U 50.55 75.00 10
Jan 8, 2021 CHI 117-115 W -8.5 221.50 L/O 50.62 85.19 12
Jan 7, 2021 SAN 109-118 L -8.5 226.50 L/O 50.00 61.90 10
Jan 5, 2021 MEM 94-92 W -9.5 218.50 L/U 43.68 81.82 9
Jan 3, 2021 MEM 108-94 W -10 220.50 W/U 46.07 73.68 12
Jan 1, 2021 SAN 109-103 W -7.5 229 L/U 40.59 81.25 14
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Date Opp Score SU Line Total ATS FG% FT% 3PTM
Jan 18, 2021 BKN 123-125 L -4 240 L/O 43.81 83.33 11
Jan 15, 2021 DAL 112-109 W -8 230 L/U 44.79 48.00 14
Jan 13, 2021 DET 110-101 W -10.5 225.50 L/U 48.24 64.29 19
Jan 11, 2021 ORL 121-99 W -10 226 W/U 50.55 80.00 13
Jan 9, 2021 CLE 100-90 W -8.5 219 W/U 44.05 77.78 12
Jan 8, 2021 UTA 118-131 L -6 231.50 L/O 44.90 80.95 13
Jan 6, 2021 DET 130-115 W -12 226.50 W/O 54.44 61.90 19
Jan 4, 2021 DET 125-115 W -16 223.50 L/O 57.65 81.25 14
Jan 1, 2021 CHI 126-96 W -14.5 233 W/U 49.41 66.67 22
Dec 30, 2020 MIA 108-119 L -6.5 228.50 L/U 39.22 92.31 16
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