Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers NBA Betting Prediction

NBA Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction 3/8/2024

The Milwaukee Bucks (41-22) travel to face off against the Los Angeles Lakers (34-30) on Friday, March 8th. This game will be played at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles and televised on ESPN. Both the Bucks and Lakers will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 10:00 ET.

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The Bucks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

Most recently, the Bucks lost to the Warriors with a final score of 125-90. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Bucks couldn’t cover the spread as +2.5 point underdogs. Considering the over/under, the total of 215 points fell short of the set over/under line of 230.

With a record of 41-22, the Bucks are above .500 as they head into today’s matchup against the Lakers. When playing on the road, the Bucks are 16-15 this season, while going 25-7 at home.

Milwaukee comes in with an overall ATS record of 27-36 so far this season. During this season, Milwaukee has a 24-30 record against the spread as favorites and 3-6 as underdogs.

The Lakers Look To Bounce Back From A Loss

In their most recent matchup, the Lakers conveyed a message to the Kings with a score of 130-120. The Lakers picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 72-57.

As of now, the Lakers have a 34-30 overall record and are 1-2 in their last three games. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 10th place and are 5th in the Pacific division.

Los Angeles has an overall ATS record of 28-36 as they come into today’s game. The Lakers have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the favorite and are 15-16 vs. the spread as the underdog.

Bucks Offense Breakdown

Heading into play, the Bucks’ offense is rated 3rd in the league in scoring, averaging 120.9 points per contest.

When it comes to scoring, the Bucks have been one of the most potent offenses in the league this season. They are currently averaging 120.9 points per game, which is 3rd in the NBA. On the road, they are putting up 118.6 points per contest.

So far this season, the Bucks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 65.1% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 6th in the league at 100.7 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Bucks have been efficient from the field. They are currently 7th in the NBA in field goal percentage at 49%. From beyond the arc, they are 8th in three-point shooting at 37%.

Lakers Offense Breakdown

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Coming into today’s action, Los Angeles is averaging 117.2 points per contest. This figure places them 11th in the league.

This season, the Lakers are 11th in the NBA in scoring, averaging 117.2 points per game. At home, they are 9th in the league, scoring 118.0 points per game.

When it comes to pace, the Lakers are 4th in the NBA, averaging 101 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 3rd in the league at 49%.

So far, the Lakers have outscored the NBA scoring average in 48.4% of their games. In terms of free throws, they are 6th in attempts and 10th in makes.

Bucks Team Defense

Currently, the Bucks’ defense holds the 19th rank in the NBA, allowing 117.0 points per game. Opponents are hitting 53.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 35.3% of their three-point attempts.

Lakers Team Defense

On defense, the Lakers come into the game ranked 20th in the league in points allowed at 117.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 119.3 points per contest (22nd). In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Lakers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 54.2% while allowing 37.7% from downtown.

Key Players For The Bucks And Lakers

For today’s matchup, we project Giannis Antetokounmpo to lead the scoring for the Bucks, putting up 31 points and shooting at a rate of 12/19. Throughout this season, his average stands at 30.7 points per game, along with 11.2 rebounds.

On the opposing side, we anticipate Anthony Davis to be the top scorer for the Lakers. Our projection has him finishing the game with 24, and he is expected to secure 12 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 55.7%, and his scoring average is 24.8 points per game.

Bucks vs Lakers Trends

  • Across their last five road contests, Milwaukee has been good against the spread posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 4-1, while averaging 109 points per game.
  • Across their five previous home games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 2-3. Their straight up record in these matchups was 3-2 while averaging 120 points per game.
  • Los Angeles has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 2-1 SU and 2-1 ATS in their last three games.
  • In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Bucks have a straight up record of 7-3 and an ATS mark of 7-3.

Bucks vs Lakers Prediction

The Lakers come in as the underdog at +1, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.

As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 232.5, and our model projects the Bucks and Lakers to reach a combined total of 232 points. Our bet is on taking the under.

All odds are courtesy of Action247 Sportsbook. Good luck!!

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