NBA Betting Preview: LA Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Tuesday, March 19, 2019

by Mar 18, 2019NBA

Matchup at a Glance

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

Where: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Point Spread: Milwaukee -13

Betting Total: 236 points

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The (31-39) LA Lakers travel to Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to take on the (52-18) Milwaukee Bucks in an inter-conference battle on Tuesday night.  As far as divisions go, Milwaukee has theirs wrapped up. The Lakers have wrapped up NOT winning their division. Milwaukee holds the top spot in the eastern conference by three games over Toronto.  

With only about a dozen games left the Bucks would have to turn ice cold to lose it I believe.  The Lakers in the west are all but eliminated. These two met one time this season and Milwaukee won by 11 in Los Angeles as a 5½ point favorite just a couple of weeks ago.  

Game Location

This game is being played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the tip-off scheduled to take place at 8:00 PM EST

Betting Odds

BetOnline has set the point spread for this game at Milwaukee -13 and the over/under has been set at 236 points

LA Lakers

I would say this year has been a failure for the Lakers.  Part of that is certainly injuries. You really have to question why the Lakers are playing LeBron as much as they are.  They have lost three in a row and 8 of their last 10. I mean they just lost to the Knicks! They really have nothing to play for.  They really need to start thinking about getting healthy and getting ready for next year.

The Lakers are scoring 111.9 ppg while giving up 114 points per game.  LeBron James leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists with 27.5 ppg, 8.5 rebounds per game and 8.0 assists.  That offensive output ranks them 16th in the league in points per game.

Definitely not as strong defensively ranking them way down at 25th.  I am sure nobody thought this season would end up like it has in LeBron’s first year.  How weird is it going to be not having him in the playoffs?

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Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee last time out lost a tough one on their home court vs Philly despite Giannis dropping 52 points on them.  This is how good Milwaukee is. They have only gone 6-4 their last 10 and it feels like they are horrible.

The bucks are scoring 117.7 ppg while giving up 108.6 points per game.  Just like the Lakers, this team is led in those three major categories by the same player.  That player is Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.5 ppg, 12.7 rebounds per game and 6.0 assists per game.  

That 117.7 ppg ranks their offense 2nd in the league.  What is impressive is their defense is nearly as good with a ranking of 9th.  When this team is healthy and playing well they are tough to beat.

Angry Bucks team take it out on Lakers!

The Lakers are a mess right now.  What makes it so hard this time of year handicapping games is how are teams going to play that are eliminated from the playoffs already?  Do the Lakers have any pride and how many minutes will LeBron play?

Or do they think they have no shot, don’t want to risk any injury to anymore players and just let others players get the minutes in?   I personally think somewhere in between there. King James probably wants to play against Milwaukee.

I think if the game gets out of control the less you will see LeBron on the court.  I think that home loss to the Sixers will light a fire under the Bucks again. Even with LeBron on the court, the talent difference between these two teams in not even close.  Unless I am wrong and Milwaukee sleepwalks through this one, they are going to pound the lakers. Bucks by 22.

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