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NBA odds preview - Lakers vs. Bucks

Los Angeles LakersMilwaukee Bucks
24-46March 27, 2014, 08:00 | Bradley Center13-58

The Bucks hope to be unwelcoming hosts on Thursday as the Lakers pay a visit to Bradley Center in NBA betting action.

Milwaukee battles the Lakers, currently with a 24-46 mark (37-33 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 40-31 for the Bucks and 40-28-2 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Lakers listed as 1-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 216.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 28-rated Bucks and the No. 29-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 89-87 result in favor of the Lakers.

Milwaukee lost its last outing, a 106-98 result against the Clippers on March 24. The Bucks covered in that game as a 17-point underdog, while the 204 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Bucks wasted a 28-point performance from Ramon Sessions as Los Angeles ran past them 106-98 on Monday at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Milwaukee's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 95.25 PPG, against a Lakers defense that ranks No. 29 at 108.39 PPG. The Bucks field goal percentage has averaged 43.35% so far, less than the Lakers shooters have achieved on the year, 44.9% per game.

Next up:
Los Angeles at Minnesota, Friday, March 28th
Milwaukee home to Miami, Saturday, March 29th