The Lakers have been road warriors and dominant against elite teams and look like the play against the Bucks
Let’s take a look at the Lakers and Bucks meeting in Milwaukee on Thursday night. These two teams played twice last year, splitting the series. The Bucks took the first game in Milwaukee, and Giannis Antetokounmpo made the gesture of having a crown on his head, anointing himself the new King. Big mistake as Lebron James didn’t like that much and showed Milwaukee that he has no intention of abdicating the crown in the rematch. LeBron drops 37 to take out the Bucks in the rematch and, most importantly, goes on to lead the Lakers to an NBA Championship. The King claims the Finals MVP with a title and a Finals best player award trumps Giannis’ back-to-back MVP trophies.
So now the Bucks are thinking payback and absolutely want this game because Milwaukee is thinking you have to prove it to us team of the decade. Everybody believes that they have to. The Lakers are off coming off a loss and an embarrassing one at that. And really, if you go through the Lakers schedule in terms of the elite teams in the NBA, I would say this is the first time playing one since opening night against the Clippers, a game in which they lost.
So in a top-notch prime matchup, both teams absolutely will want this one.
There are some interesting props, but just from a side perspective, the Lakers are unbeaten on the road with a sparking 7-0 record away from home. It’s also substantial enough to mention that LA was an underdog ten times last year. Can you guess how many of those games they won outright? They won eight, went 8-2 as dogs last year. Winning eight games outright out of ten being an underdog is phenomenal. It’s hard not to like the Lakers in this spot.