The LA Lakers (25-30) play host to the Milwaukee Bucks (37-17) for a matchup at the Crypto.com Arena on Thursday. The Milwaukee Bucks head out onto the road with the second seed in the Eastern Conference. The LA Lakers are 13th in the Western Conference. Fans could be in for a treat as the two teams have achieved a significant amount of points recently and should be raring to go once again here.
Form LA Lakers
Not even 130 points from the LA Lakers could spare them defeat in their last match. The hosts lost 130-133 to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They’re on a 5-5 run at the moment, with a 13-13 home record for the season.
The LA Lakers have the seventh-best scoring record in the NBA, with an average of 117.3 points per game this year. On the other side, the home defense has been middle-of-the-pack, allowing 123.8 points on average in the last five contests and 118.6 points across the season.
Last year, the LA Lakers finished with an underwhelming 33-49 record, ending up 11th in the Western Conference and fourth in the Pacific Division. This cost them a playoff berth. Currently, the home team’s prospects of making the postseason don’t look promising, with a current record of 25-30.
Scotty Pippen Jr. is the only reported injury concern for the LA Lakers ahead of Thursday’s game.
Form Milwaukee Bucks
Form is strong for the Milwaukee Bucks, who beat Portland Trail Blazers by a 108-127 scoreline last time out, thereby extending their winning streak to eight matches. Their overall regular season record is now 37-17 and 14-12 on the road.
The Milwaukee Bucks average 114.5 points per contest, putting them near the middle of the pack among NBA teams for most points. Defensively, there has been no letup. The visitors boast one of the stingiest defenses in the entire country, allowing just 111.8 points per game for this season and 110.6 points on average across their last five matches.
The Milwaukee Bucks are living up to expectations as a postseason contender. In the regular season, last season’s Conference semi-finalists rank second in the Eastern Conference. They’re 37-17 this year and sit first in the Central Division after 54 games.
Bobby Portis is the only reported injury concern for the Milwaukee Bucks ahead of Thursday’s game.
The LA Lakers avenged their defeat of 116-131 on February 2022 by beating the Milwaukee Bucks on December 2022, winning 129-133 at the Fiserv Forum. The Milwaukee Bucks have a 7-3 record against the LA Lakers from their last ten meetings. They have taken four wins out of five on the road.
In their last ten head-to-head games, the LA Lakers managed 112.1 points on average per game, while the Milwaukee Bucks put 117.1 points on board.
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- Moneyline (ML): Milwaukee Bucks (-230) | LA Lakers (+190)
- Against the spread (ATS): Milwaukee Bucks -5.5 (-110) | LA Lakers +5.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 239.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the Milwaukee Bucks to win (1.43) on the moneyline.
The LA Lakers are currently listed as +190 underdogs for their upcoming matchup on Thursday. The hosts have only won half of their last ten games. Furthermore, their most recent game ended in a 130-133 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Milwaukee Bucks have been unstoppable lately, having won their last eight games in a row. With such impressive form, they should be very confident heading into their clash with the LA Lakers. The moneyline odds of -230 indicate they have a 70% chance of another victory.
Take the Milwaukee Bucks to win outright against an out-of-sorts LA Lakers. The visitors are 37-17 for the season and are in brilliant form, winning their last eight games straight up.
Against the Spread
Betting on the LA Lakers to win (2.90) is our favorite play for this matchup.
The Milwaukee Bucks open as the 5.5-point road favorites against the LA Lakers, according to the oddsmakers. With the average margin of victory in the last five matchups of this series being 9.6 points, it seems as though the smart money lies in a one-score game on Thursday.
The LA Lakers have gone 13-13 ATS at Crypto.com Arena. Their overall record for the season is 25-28-1 ATS. The hosts have covered the spread in five of their past ten home contests, going 5-4-1 ATS in the last ten games overall.
The Milwaukee Bucks have gone 12-12-2 ATS on the road. Their overall record for the season is 30-22-2 ATS. For covering the spread, the Milwaukee Bucks have managed to string together a fine record. They have covered the spread in their last two matchups, going 9-1 ATS in their last ten matchups in all.
Total under 239.5 (1.91) is how we’d bet on the total.
Games between the LA Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks tend to be high-scoring affairs. The total averaged 229.2 points in their past ten matchups and 233.8 points in the last five at Crypto.com Arena.
For this latest showdown, the total line is available at 239.5. This is 9.9 points higher than the combined 229.6-point average the LA Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks put up in their last five meetings. Betting on the Under in the total market returns odds of -110.
The past ten LA Lakers games produced 240.7 points per game on average, with the total going over in the last two. Looking back on the last five games at home court for the LA Lakers, the total went over two times. They are 5-5 against the total overall from their previous ten matches.
As for the Milwaukee Bucks, the average total has been 239.4 points in the away team’s past ten matches and 241.8 points in the last five on the road. The total has gone under in seven of the away team’s last nine road games.