Next Thursday’s NBA game will feature a stellar matchup when the Bucks vs Lakers meet for the second and final time in the regular round.
Los Angeles is coming off a tough 133-130 home loss to the Thunder, while Milwaukee comes in inspired after beating the Trail Blazers by 127-108. Without further ado, JefeBet brings you the best preview of the Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers.
Predictions, Odds, and Betting Preview for the Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Regular Season Game on February 9, 2023
- Where: Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California
- When:Thursday, February 9, 2023, 10:00 PM ET
Betting on the Milwaukee Bucks
- Regular season record: 37-17
The Milwaukee Bucks are back in the fight for first place in the Eastern Conference after eight consecutive victories and are just one game behind the Boston Celtics.
Milwaukee’s quintet arrives fired up at the home of LeBron James and company after several troubling weeks in which they lost nine out of 16 games played. With that bad streak, they fell out of first place in the conference, but with the help of Giannis Antetokounmpo they are back.
Thanks to his 32.2 points per game, the Greek player is the third-best scorer in the NBA, and in two of his last five games, he has scored more than 50 points. However, even this performance has not been able to help the Bucks climb in their points per game average, which is 114.5, ranking 16th in the league.
The only reason Milwaukee is among the best teams in the NBA despite their offensive performance is that they have one of the best defenses in the league. The Bucks allow just 111.8 points per game; 45.3% shooting from the opponent’s side of the court is the second lowest; 34.6% from long distance is the third lowest; and they are the third team that sends the opponent to the free throw line the least number of times.
Betting on the Los Angeles Lakers
- Regular season record: 25-30
Not even LeBron James’ historic night as the leading scorer in NBA history inspired a Los Angeles Lakers team that just can’t get into rhythm. Tuesday’s loss is not only painful because it was at home, but also because it was against a direct rival in the conference, and now they are two games behind the Jazz for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Against the Thunder, the team from Los Angeles again showed an impressive defensive deficiency by allowing almost 60% shooting from the field and 67% from long distance. This is not surprising considering that they are the fourth-highest scoring team in the league with 118.4 points.
That poor defensive performance again led the Lakers to waste a great night from James, who with 38 points surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the number one spot in all-time scoring in the circuit.
The team led by Darvin Ham once again lived up to its offensive hype with a night full of scoring and five players in double digits. But, it does the Lakers little good to be sixth in the league in average points per game with 117.1 if they have one of the worst defenses in the league.
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