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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers Preview: Heavyweights Square off In Milwaukee

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The GOAT vs. He Got Next

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NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Bucks host the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time this season tonight. Potential Finals preview, perhaps?

Where We’re At

The Bucks lost a nail-biter to the Brooklyn Nets 125-123 on MLK Day. Milwaukee had a chance to win the game but Khris Middleton’s three-point attempt rimmed out as time expired.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 34 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists while Middleton added 25 but failed to make a single three. Jrue Holiday had a strong third-quarter performance and finished with 22 points while playing 37 minutes. The Bucks also got a boost off the bench from Pat Connaughton who made three three-pointers.

On the other side, the Lakers are also coming off a home loss to the Golden State Warriors, 115-113. Dennis Schroder scored 25 points while both Anthony Davis and LeBron James combined to shoot 12-of-32...yikes. It was a forgettable performance for the league’s top team, to say the least. I wouldn’t count on both of those stars to shoot that poorly in the same game again.

The Bucks remain a relatively healthy team, but the Lakers are dealing with a few injuries.

Player To Watch

I am going to go with Dennis Schroder. He played under Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and it was no secret that those two never say eye-to-eye. This does have “revenge game” written on it to an extent! Schroder has provided the Lakers with a huge boost offensively and is averaging nearly 15 points per game. His shooting numbers aren’t very pretty but he is great at getting to the rim. Look for the Bucks to encourage him to shoot the rock from deep...but if Dennis is penetrating the defense it could create problems and collapse Milwaukee’s defense.

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Game 15: Against the Lakers, the Bucks will...

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  • 22%
    Win big (by 10 or more points)
    (24 votes)
  • 40%
    Win close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (43 votes)
  • 25%
    Lose close (by 9 or fewer points)
    (27 votes)
  • 10%
    Lose big (by 10 or more points)
    (11 votes)
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