Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 1/21/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Los Angeles (+2.5)
Fiserv Forum is the venue where and the Milwaukee Bucks (9-5) will take on the Los Angeles Lakers (11-4) on Thursday. Los Angeles opens this game as 2.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 229.5.
The Los Angeles Lakers played the Golden State Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 115-113 in their last contest. Los Angeles finished having earned a 48.2% FG percentage (40 out of 83) and buried 9 of their 29 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Lakers converted 24 of their 33 shots for a rate of 72.7%. With regard to pulling down boards, they compiled a total of 50 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 23 assists in the game while getting 6 steals and 5 rejections. In terms of defending, Los Angeles allowed the other team to go 50.6% from the field on 44 out of 87 shooting. Golden State earned 31 dimes and had 8 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Warriors collected 32 boards (5 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 3 rejections. Golden State walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the charity stripe by burying 15 of 20 shots. They also buried 12 of their 37 shots from 3-point range.
Dennis Schröder is a guy who was a factor for this contest. He recorded 25 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 33:08 mins and also totaled 5 rebounds. Schröder ended up shooting 53.3% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes. One more player that played a role in this game for the Lakers was LeBron James. He pulled down 5 rebounds and also had 5 assists. He finished shooting 37.5% from the floor for the contest by connecting on 6-of-16 (19 points). When all was said and done, James was on the court for 37:58 min.
Los Angeles will take the court with a win-loss mark of 11-4 for the season. The Lakers are hitting 39.1% on shots beyond the perimeter (187 of 478) and 75.4% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 115.3 pts per game (6th in the league) while hitting 48.8% from the floor. They turn the ball over 15.2 times per game and as a group they commit 18.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Los Angeles is grabbing 48.6 rebounds per game and has 383 assists on the year, which is 3rd in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court, the Lakers are forcing 13.7 turnovers every game while drawing 20.6 fouls. The Lakers defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.5% (205 of 309) and they relinquish 41.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They currently rank 24th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 363 conceded so far this season. They concede 33.8% on shots from distance while they are 3rd in the league in points per game from their opponents (105.1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Milwaukee Bucks walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-123 against the Brooklyn Nets. The Bucks were able to snag 30 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the game. They also turned away 2 attempts while recording 9 steals in this matchup. The Nets earned 19 fouls in this contest which took the Bucks to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to knock down 20 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 83.3%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Milwaukee converted 11 out of their 38 attempts (28.9%). When this game wrapped up, the Bucks walked away from this one shooting 46 out of 105 from the floor which had them at 43.8%. The Bucks permitted the Nets to convert 46 of 84 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 54.8% in the matchup. They finished 48.4% from beyond the arc by connecting on 15 out of 31 and finished the game at 18 of 21 at the charity stripe (85.7%). In relation to team rebounding, Milwaukee allowed Brooklyn to snag 49 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Giannis Antetokounmpo ended up being important for the Bucks in this contest. He buried 13 of 26 for the contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, which had him sitting at 34 points. Antetokounmpo pulled down 12 boards in his 39:48 minutes of playing time and had 7 assists in this game. Someone else who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He left the arena with 25 points in his 36:15 mins on the court via 10 out of 20 shooting in the game. Middleton finished going 50.0% from the floor while earning 4 assists and 4 boards.
Milwaukee has a win-loss record of 9-5 for the year. As an offense, the Bucks are connecting on 48.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 5th in the NBA. Milwaukee has accounted for 1,686 pts this year (120.4 per game) and they average 47.6 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 25.9 times per game (9th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 14.2 times per game. The Bucks have committed 18.8 personal fouls every game and they hit 73.4% from the charity stripe. The Bucks are ranked 16th in the NBA in points given up per game with 110.6. They are able to force 14.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.1% from the floor (11th in basketball). The Milwaukee defense allows 37.7% on 3-pointers (191 of 507) and their opponents are knocking down 76.7% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 22.9 assists and 44.0 boards on a nightly basis, which is ranked 8th and 9th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Los Angeles (+2.5)
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