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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Moving into the home stretch of the NBA regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers are in danger of missing out on the postseason for the second time in three years.

It’s almost unthinkable that LeBron James and co are heading for another early exit, but their form will have to improve soon or they could miss out on a place in the top-10 in the West.

In contrast, the Milwaukee Bucks sit second in the Eastern Conference and are eyeing another appearance in the NBA Finals.

It is worth noting though that the Bucks, 2021 NBA champions, have built their campaign around an impressive home record and they have had their issues on the road.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers betting picks and predictions

Milwaukee Bucks ML -135

In recent times, it’s the Bucks that hold the edge in the head-to-head stats – winning four of their last five meetings, including the last three games at the Crypto.com Arena.

A massive 38-point showing from Giannis Antetokounmpo helped Milwaukee win 115-106 in this fixture last season, with the two teams yet to face each other in this campaign.

Doc Rivers’ men are currently fourth in the NBA Points Per Game stats, averaging 120.9 points per game compared to the Lakers’ 117.2.

The worries for Bucks’ backers will come from their form on the road, with 15 defeats in their 31 away games. They were beaten by 35 points at Golden State on Thursday, with the Warriors winning 125-90.

The Lakers though have lost two of their last three on their home court – losing 120-130 to the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, while suffering a 124-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

Damian Lillard o24.5 Points

Milwaukee currently have two players inside the top-20 of the scoring stats – Giannis and Damian Lillard – with Friday’s spread favouring the selection of Lillard.

The 33-year-old is currently averaging 24.4 points per game and just two games ago, when Giannis was rested, Lillard bagged 41 points in a 113-106 win over the LA Clippers.

It’s also worth noting that the Point guard enjoyed a good record against the Lakers when in a Portland uniform.

Lillard helped the Trail Blazers to two victories over LA last season, scoring 40 points in a 127-115 victory in February 2023, after scoring 41 in a 106-104 success in October 2022.

Rui Hachimura o0.5 assists

There are fitness concerns over LeBron James ahead of Friday’s game, with ‘King James’ battling an ankle injury suffered before the All-Star Weekend.

LeBron says it is something he can manage, but that could mean he spends a little bit less time on court, with others needing to step up and fill the void.

One person who is likely to benefit from that is Rui Hachimura, who got 33 minutes in Thursday’s defeat to the Sacramento Kings.

The Japanese-born Power forward has claimed four assists over the last four games and with more game time looking likely on Friday, he will hope to make a positive impact.

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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers odds

LA Lakers

+115 ML

MIL Bucks

-135 ML

Spread

MIL -2

Total Points

O/U 232

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers players props

Player Points

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)

O/U 30.5

Malik Beasley (MIL)

O/U 10.5

Damian Lillard (MIL)

O/U 24.5

Brook Lopez (MIL)

O/U 10.5

Anthony Davis (LA)

O/U 24.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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