NBA Picks: Lakers vs. Bucks Odds Preview

Joe Freda

Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:23 PM UTC

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013 12:23 PM UTC

The Los  Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks have struggled, with each logging a 0-4 spread record in their last week of action.

Thursday’s NBA betting has the foes clashing at BMO Harris Bradley Center, while both find themselves in the second night of back-to-back spots.

Which squad will have more left in the tank here to snap its skid at the sports books?

Lakers, Bryant edge out T-Wolves

Los Angeles ended a three-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 120-117 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, while failing short of cashing as 4 ½-point road ‘chalk.’ The Lakers shot 53.7 percent from the floor, leading by as many as 15 points.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant put up 31 points, while uniting with mate Steve Nash for 15 assists. Los Angeles’ Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol combined for 42 points and 25 boards, with Howard adding five steals and five blocks.

The duel’s 237 points jumped above the betting odds ‘total’ of 205 ½, lifting the OVER to 3-0 in the Lakers’ last trio of matchups. Los Angeles hit 22-of-38 free throws, while outscored in fast break points, 12-8.

Bucks, Ellis downed in Philly

Milwaukee picked up a fourth straight loss in Wednesday’s 100-92 defeat as a one-point road favorite to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Bucks were held to a 41.6 percent night of field shooting, while being edged out in paint points, 60-46.

Bucks guard Monta Ellis piled in 29 points, knocking down 12-of-21 floor shots en route to a team-high seven assists. Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova notched his fifth straight double-double, finishing with 13 points and 18 boards.

The battle’s combined 192 points ducked below the ‘total’ of 199, moving the UNDER to 4-1 in the Bucks’ last five games. Ellis united with center Larry Sanders for two steals each, while Milwaukee was outrebounded, 48-44.

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Back the Bucks to cash at home opened this contest at pick’em odds, while early betting on Los Angeles shifted the Lakers to be one-point road favorites. The ‘total’ was first set at 208, with initial OVER wagers driving the digits north to 209.

I am backing Milwaukee in this spot, taking the short number as a home dog. The Bucks have collected at a 5-1 ATS mark in the last six meetings they have hosted against the Lakers, while putting up 106.3 PPG in their last three home dates with Western Conference foes.


January’s meeting between these foes saw Los Angeles notch a 104-88 victory at Staples Center, but no rest on a road trip could be enough to turn the tables here. The Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven spots in the second night of a back-to-back and will also be without Metta World Peace this time around.

Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis has hit some solid strides, breaking the 20-point mark in his last three games. The Mississippi native has had his share of dazzling affairs on his floor recently, including a 39-point day against the Orlando Magic.

Look for the Bucks to edge out Los Angeles down the stretch here, ending their losing streak.

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