Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Matchup Preview (11/17/2021)
By Max Heering
The 8-7 Los Angeles Lakers and the 6-8 Milwaukee Bucks have both been underperforming this year. The Lakers are dealing with many injuries; notably, Lebron James’ injury and the Bucks are coping with the injuries of Khris Middleton and Brook Lopes.
The Lakers are coming off a 121-103 blowout to the Chicago Bulls. Talen Horton-Tucker led the Lakers in scoring with 28 points, but Russell Westbrook was the most impactful player with his 25 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. Unfortunately, the Lakers shot horribly from behind the three-point line, only making 6/32 shots.
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The Bucks are coming also coming off a blowout loss. They lost to the Atlanta Hawks 120-100. Giannis Antetokounmp led the Bucks with 26 points. However, the Bucks struggled to rebound the ball and only had 26 defensive rebounds and four offensive rebounds. On the other hand, the Hawks had 36 defensive rebounds and 15 offensive rebounds. Those 15 offensive rebounds resulted in 13 more shots taken by the Hawks.
Lakers vs. Bucks Prediction
This is a challenging game to call because both teams are dealing with injuries. However, I have to give the upper hand to Bucks because their injuries are less impactful than the Lakers. The Bucks have not been playing well, but they still have time to turn it around. They are also playing at home and against a Los Angeles Lakers team that does not play strong defense.
The Lakers have looked kind of lost without Lebron James. They have been losing games against bad teams and getting blown out by good teams. The Lakers also have time to turn it around, but that will not start until Lebron James returns.