Lakers vs. Bucks Pick
Following the loss of Jabari Parker for the season, will the Milwaukee Bucks rally together when they host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Milwaukee is favored at home tonight, as the Bucks are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Lakers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 219 points. The Bucks have won five of the last seven meetings with the Lakers while Los Angeles has covered the spread in four straight. These two have yet to meet this season.
The Bucks have been struggling even prior to the Parker injury. They have lost six of their last seven, including a 106-88 loss at home to Miami on Wednesday. Parker tore his ACL this week and will be out for the season. He was averaging 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season. Milwaukee is now 22-29 on the season and 20-31 against the spread. The Bucks average 104.9 points per game on offense while allowing 105.1 on defense. Over their last five games, they are giving up 111 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is leading the team with 23.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game.
The Lakers have lost three of their last four and are playing in their eighth road game in their last nine overall. Los Angeles is now 18-37 overall and 26-28-1 against the spread. The Lakers have covered in six of their last seven games. On the season they average 104.4 points per game on offense while allowing 110.5 on defense. Louis Williams is leading the team with 18.3 points per game while D’Angelo Russell is adding 14.2 points and 4.8 assists per contest.
The loss of Parker is going to really impact the Bucks. Outside of him and the Greek Freak, Milwaukee has just one other player averaging double figures in points. His loss takes a lot away from their offense and their defense isn’t good enough to make up for that loss. Look for the Lakers to find a way to cover tonight on the road due to Milwaukee’s offensive struggles.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS +4.5