Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • The Los Angeles Lakers enter this game having alternated wins and losses over their last four.
  • The Milwaukee Bucks want to stop their losing streak at two games as they start a five-game home stand.
  • The Lakers and Bucks split the season series last year.

Lakers vs Bucks Odds

Team Point Spread Money Line Total
Los Angeles Lakers +7.5 (-110)
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+245
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O 213 (-110)
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Milwaukee Bucks -7.5 (-110)
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-310
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U 213 (-110)
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Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks Predictions and Picks

After a blowout loss, the Lakers look to bounce back against the Milwaukee Bucks. Milwaukee have been on their own slide though, as they struggle to find consistency as they’ve struggled to contain their opponents.

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Los Angeles Lakers def. Milwaukee Bucks (+245)

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Head-to-Head: Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks

Los Angeles Lakers Head-to-Head Milwaukee Bucks
Frank Vogel Head Coach Mike Budenholzer
8-7 (7th in West) Standing 6-8 (11th in East)
L-W-L-W Form L-L-W-W
105.2 (24th of 30) Off Rtg 107.9 (17th of 30)
107.7 (14th of 30) Def Rtg 109.8 (21st of 30)
102.3 (2nd of 30) Pace 99.2 (12th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

L. James (24.8) PPG G. Antetokounmpo (26.5)
A. Davis (10.9) RPG G. Antetokounmpo (11.3)
R. Westbrook (8.3) APG G. Antetokounmpo (6.0)
L. James (2.3) SPG K. Middleton (2.0)
A. Davis (2.1) BPG G. Antetokounmpo (1.7)
D. Jordan (.795)/A. Davis, L. James (9.5) FG%/FGM T. Antetokounmpo (.500)/G. Antetokounmpo (9.5)
D. Howard (.500)/C. Anthony (2.9) 3P%/3PM G. Allen (.438)/G. Allen (3.8)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
T. Ariza Los Angeles Lakers 6 Oct 2021 Out (Ankle) Ariza underwent surgery on his right and ankle there is no timetable for his return.
K. Nunn Los Angeles Lakers 21 Oct 2021 Out (Ankle/Knee) Nunn will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.
L. James Los Angeles Lakers 4 Nov 2021 Out (Abdominal) James is still out due to an abdominal injury that was meant to keep him out a week.
A. Reaves Los Angeles Lakers 11 Nov 2021 Out (Hamstring) Reaves will be out for at least two weeks.
D. DiVincenzo Milwaukee Bucks 25 Oct 2021 Out (Foot) DiVincenzo is still without a timetable for his return.
G. Hill Milwaukee Bucks 15 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Back) Hill did not play in Milwaukee’s Sunday (Nov 14) game.
B. Lopez Milwaukee Bucks 15 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Back) Lopez did not play in Milwaukee’s Sunday (Nov 14) game.
K. Middleton Milwaukee Bucks 15 Nov 2021 Day-to-Day (Health & Safety) Middleton did not play in Milwaukee’s Sunday (Nov 14) game.

How can the Lakers beat the Bucks?

The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t been able to find any consistency through this early season. While they are capable on many fronts, their inability to regularly share the ball for better shooting opportunities has hurt them.

In their last game against the Bulls, it was youngster Talen Horton-Tucker who led the way, while Westbrook and Davis supported him. However, their supporting cast couldn’t make any valuable shots with Bradley, Monk, and Ellington combining to shoot 3 of 14 from the field.

It is on Westbrook and Rondo to create better opportunities for their teammates. One, an explosive offensive threat, and the other a traditional playmaker, they must get their role players involved to keep pace with the Bucks.

Lakers Key Player: (F) Carmelo Anthony


One of the NBA’s most veteran players and an active legend, Carmelo Anthony is a double-edged sword for this Lakers team. He lives and dies by his scoring, contributing almost nothing else.

Anthony is coming off of a game where he posted 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist on 4 of 10 shooting from the field. He was a minus-21 on the night, second-worst on the evening.

If the Lakers want to take a victory from the Bucks, they need Anthony to be a presence on the offensive end of the ball. If he can’t overcome the Bucks’ defense, he’s simply a liability on the court.

How Can the Bucks beat the Lakers?

The Bucks are still struggling due to injuries keeping some key contributors out of the game. The place where they are suffering the most is on the glass.

Milwaukee are coming off of a blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Not only were they beaten by 20 points, but they were outrebounded 51 to 30. Simply put, the Bucks are too small in the paint.

The Lakers’ big men are going to be as tough, if not more, of a task for Milwaukee as they’ve encountered this season. The responsibility can’t just be on Antetokounmpo, either Milwaukee rebounds as a team or they suffer another loss.

Bucks Key Player: (F) Giannis Antetokounmpo


The Bucks are coming off of a game where they were blown out by Eastern Conference rivals the Atlanta Hawks. While Antetokounmpo isn’t coming off of a bad game, he has a tough defence to contend with in the Lakers.

The Greek Freak posted 26 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds in his last game, a loss to Atlanta. He was a minus-9 on the night, mostly due to his shooting efficiency.

Antetokounmpo now faces a Lakers team that boasts the likes of Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and DeAndre Jordan in the paint. Never a three-point shooter, Antetokounmpo will need to keep the Lakers honest from range or create opportunities for his teammates to offset the Lakers’ interior presence.

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How to Watch Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks

Los Angeles Lakers vs Milwaukee Bucks Information
Teams Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Location Fiserv Form, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Time 7:30 PM EST, November 17th, 2021
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