NBA Preview and Free Pick: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers
The top squad in the Eastern Conference heads to La-La land for tonight’s featured NBA matchup.
The red-hot Milwaukee Bucks have won six in a row, and they’ll take their act on the road to tip off
with a struggling Lakers team.
Date/Time/TV: Fri. Mar.1, 10:30 PM EST, ESPN
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 (-110)
The Bucks are in 1st place in the east with a record of 47-14 (35-23-3 ATS). They’re 2.5 games in
front of the 2nd place Toronto Raptors and enter tonight’s game on an exceptional run. Milwaukee
has won six in a row and has just four losses since the calendar changed to 2019.
The Lakers haven’t been as fortunate of late. The team has dropped three of its last five and checks in
with a mark of 30-31 (26-34-1 ATS). The club is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference
and three games back of the final playoff berth.
This will be the third game of a five-game road trip for the Bucks. On Wednesday, the team was in
Sacramento to take on the Kings and walked off with a 141-140 OT victory. Milwaukee is 22-9 (18-
11) on the road this season, and the team is a stellar 9-1 (6-4 ATS) for the last 10 overall.
Totals have been Under for five of the last seven and stand at 29-32 to date. MVP candidate Giannis
Antetokounmpo is the biggest force for the Bucks. He’s averaging 27.0 ppg, 12.6 boards, and 5.9
apg. Khris Middleton is contributing 17.4 ppg and 5.9 rpg.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers were home on Wednesday to face off with the New Orleans Pelicans. The team picked
up a 125-119 win. The Lakers are 18-12 (12-16 ATS) at home on the year, but the team is 5-5 in the
last 10 on the home court. For the last 10 overall, the club is 4-6 (5-5 ATS).
Totals trend towards the Under at 24-36-1 with the Over coming in for two of the last three. LeBron
James tops the team in all the major statistical categories. He averages 26.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, and 7.8
dimes. Kyle Kuzma adds in 19.2 ppg, while Brandon Ingram chips in with 17.9 ppg.
Bucks vs. Lakers Prediction
This will be the first meeting of the season for these two teams. Milwaukee has won its last three in a
row versus the Lakers, and they hold a 7-3 edge over the last 10 meetings. Totals atre 5-5 over that
The Bucks are looking every bit the part of a team which can do some serious damage in the
playoffs. As for the Lakers, it’s unclear if they’ll even be invited to the dance. We’ll take the visitors
to win and cover.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 (-110)