Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, 3/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Los Angeles Lakers
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Location: STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA
TV: Spectrum Sportsnet
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-8)
The Los Angeles Lakers (30-17) host the Milwaukee Bucks (29-17) at STAPLES Center on Wednesday. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 8-point favorites. The over/under is set at 223.5.
The Milwaukee Bucks played the Los Angeles Clippers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 129-105 in their last contest. Milwaukee wrapped up the game with a 46.9% field goal percentage (38 out of 81) and converted 11 out of their 30 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Bucks made 18 of their 21 tries for a rate of 85.7%. In the matter of hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 32 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 18 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 12 turnovers and getting 8 steals. Concerning the defense, Milwaukee allowed the other team to shoot 53.7% from the field on 51 out of 95 shooting. Los Angeles recorded 25 assists and had 5 steals in this contest. Moreover, Los Angeles grabbed 46 boards (13 offensive, 33 defensive) and added 4 blocks. Los Angeles finished shooting 80.0% when shooting free throws by converting 8 of their 10 shots. They also converted 19 out of their 34 attempts from distance.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is one player who was a major factor for the matchup. He walked away with 32 points on 10 out of 21 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:44 minutes and also collected 6 rebounds. Antetokounmpo walked away from this one shooting 47.6% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this contest for the Bucks was Jrue Holiday. He snagged 4 rebounds in his 35:29 minutes played. He went 57.1% from the field for the game by going 8-of-14 (24 points). When the game finished, Holiday tallied 7 assists.
Milwaukee heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 29-17 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.3 personal fouls every game. As a team, Milwaukee is collecting 48.2 boards per contest and has accounted for 1,181 dimes on the year, which ranks 11th in the league in terms of passing. The Bucks are connecting on 39.2% on shots beyond the perimeter (677 of 1,726) and 74.8% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 119.0 points per outing (2nd in the league) while going 48.5% from the field. When they are on defense, the Bucks have forced 13.0 turnovers per contest and they draw 18.3 fouls. They currently rank 19th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,157 relinquished on the season. The Bucks defense is giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.6% (599 of 841) and they concede 43.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They give up 37.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 20th in the NBA in PPG allowed (113.0).
For their last game, the Los Angeles Lakers went home victorious with a score of 96-93 against the Orlando Magic. The Lakers were able to collect 44 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 52 for the matchup. They gave up possession 12 times, while earning 9 steals in this matchup. The Magic were called for 18 personal fouls for the matchup which got the Lakers to the charity stripe for a total of 23 shots. They were able to knock down 17 of the free throw tries for a rate of 73.9%. In reference to shooting from 3-point land, Los Angeles buried 11 of their 40 attempts (27.5%). Overall, the Lakers finished 34 out of 82 from the floor which gave them a rate of 41.5%. The Lakers permitted the Magic to convert 34 of their 88 tries from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.6% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from beyond the perimeter by going 11 of 33 and ended up going 14 of 17 at the free throw line (82.4%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Los Angeles permitted Orlando to collect 51 overall (10 offensive).
Dennis Schröder pitched in for the Lakers for the game. He made 7 of 14 for this contest for a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Schröder racked up 24 points in his 36:15 mins on the court and accounted for 6 dimes in the game. Another guy that was important for Los Angeles was Kyle Kuzma. He finished with 4 dimes in 38:42 mins on the hardwood, and he converted 8 out of 20 from the floor. Kuzma ended up shooting 40.0% from the floor as well as earning 21 points and 11 total rebounds.
Los Angeles has a mark of 30-17 for the campaign. When it comes to offensive execution, the Lakers are shooting 47.9% from the floor, which ranks 9th in the league. Los Angeles has tallied 5,203 pts this year (110.7 per contest) and they pull down 45.2 rebounds per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.6 times per game (16th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.2 times per contest. The Lakers are committing 19.0 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 74.5% from the free throw line. The Lakers are ranked 2nd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 106.0. They have allowed 25.0 assists and 41.9 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 18th and 4th in the league. The Los Angeles defense surrenders 34.9% on 3-pointers (540 of 1,547) and their opponents are knocking down 76.1% of their foul shots. They are able to force 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.3% from the floor (6th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-8)
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