Lakers vs. Bucks NBA Prediction
Will the Bucks win and cover as a 7.5-point home favorite on Wednesday night when they host the Lakers at 7:30 p.m. ET or is there a better play on the board when it comes to this matchup?
569 Los Angeles Lakers (+7.5) at 570 Milwaukee Bucks (-7.5); o/u 213.5
7:30 p.m. ET, Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Venue: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Notes
There is "growing optimism" that LeBron James (abdominal strain) could return to action on Friday in Boston, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. There was a report in The Athletic last week that indicated James could be sidelined for up to a month, but coach Frank Vogel said over the weekend that LeBron was "day-to-day," and ESPN's Dave McMenamin noted James was "progressing well" would likely return soon. Now we have the encouraging news from Wojnarowski that LeBron may suit up later this week. L.A. begins a five-game road trip in Milwaukee on Wednesday before traveling to Boston on Friday and Detroit on Sunday.
Milwaukee Bucks DFS Notes
Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) produced 26 points, five rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, one steal, one block and three turnovers across 34 minutes in Sunday’s loss to the Hawks. Antetokounmpo got hit with a rest day on Friday for a minor ankle issue, but he was back in action today and seemed to be moving around fine while he was out there, so we’re not worried about that ankle. He was held to a season-low 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting his last time out, but he nearly matched that total by halftime and finished the game on 9-of-21 shooting from the field and 7-of-12 at the stripe. He should be fine for Wednesday’s game vs. the Lakers, but managers will want to be on the lookout for a potential rest day on their Friday-Saturday, back-to-back vs. OKC and Orlando.
Lakers vs. Bucks NBA Betting Prediction
The under is 5-0 in the last five meetings between these two teams and is 4-0 in the last four meetings in Milwaukee. The under is also 29-14-2 in the Lakers’ last 45 road games, is 5-2 in their last seven games versus a team with a losing record and is 5-2 in their last seven games after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. On the other side, the under is 9-2 in the Bucks’ last 11 games overall, is 8-2 in their last 10 games after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game and is 17-5-1 in their last 23 home games.
NBA FINALS BETTING PREDICTION: LAKERS/BUCKS UNDER 213.5