Giannis Antetokounmpo via Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)] for NBA on TNT

NBA on TNT Preview: LAL at MIL

We have the odds on favorite matchup for the NBA Finals tonight on the NBA on TNT. The top teams in their respective conferences will battle it out on the hardwood in Milwaukee. This game should be one of the best games on the entire NBA calendar this season.

When and Where

Tipping off at 8:00 PM EST, the Milwaukee Bucks (24-4) will host the Los Angeles Lakers (24-4) on TNT and NBA League Pass via TNT OT. Both teams have the same overall record and their home/away records are nearly the same as well. The Bucks are 13-2 at home this season while the Lakers are 14-2 on the road.

Why We’re Watching

If you didn’t believe that this game was huge, how about now? The Bucks and Lakers are littered with star power and this game cannot possibly disappoint. The NBA on TNT is spoiling us by providing such a strong game before Christmas even occurs! Even though two key players are going to miss this game, Eric Bledsoe and Kyle Kuzma, there is still enough talent available to provide an excellent game. This is the 1st of 2 games between the top teams in the NBA during the 19-20 regular season and will be a great predecessor for the potential Finals series.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA are going to need to prove their abilities when facing the dynamic duo of the Lakers. Giannis Antetokounmpo has lived up to the hype of his MVP season last year as he continues to dominate the opposition. By adding an acceptable 3-point shot to his arsenal, Giannis draws defenders out of the paint so that he can attack on the drive. With his devastating Euro-Step, Giannis is able to finish at the basket with ease while also leaving open the possibility to kick the ball out to his shooters. One of those aforementioned shooters, Khris Middleton, has recently returned from injury and has shot the ball exceptionally well. Scoring in the 20s in 4 of his last 5, Middleton has shot 52.9% from the floor in his last 10 games. A mark usually reserved for bigs and players like Giannis, Middleton is a constant threat from all areas of the hardwood. Likely to be defended by one of the greatest players of our generation, Middleton may struggle like he did in Bucks’s last game. Giannis and Khris Middleton may very well make this game a 2-on-2 pickup game with the Lakers stars.

Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron James and Anthony Davis may be the greatest pairing of players we have ever seen in the NBA. LeBron is routinely considered the GOAT and Davis is an MVP talent that just so happens to get bitten by the injury bug. In fact Anthony “Day-to-Davis” is listed as Day-to-Day for tonight’s game but is expected to play when the Lakers take on the Bucks on TNT.

This game is going to be a blitzkrieg of points as both teams want to attack and avoid late shot-clock situations. Basically, the team that puts up more shots in transition is going to win. Analysis. The other guys on the Lakers that are playing starters minutes are struggling to shoot the ball which works in the Bucks favor. Even though Bledsoe is down for the Bucks, the other guards in the backcourt have stepped up much better than the Lakers guards are currently playing. Aside from Alex Caruso of course.

Betting Done Quick

Take the Lakers +4 (-105) in Milwaukee tonight if you want to be safe about this game. If you’re feeling dangerous, take the Lakers moneyline +155 and never look back!

The Lakers and Bucks have trends that can support either side of the line, so we’re taking the best money spots instead of twisting trends to fit an agenda.

Predictions

Lakers: 115

Bucks: 114

Leading Scorer: Giannis Antetokounmpo

Best Fantasy Value: Donte DiVincenzo 

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight in the battle for the top record in the NBA? Will the Lakers walk into the Fiserv Forum and upset the Bucks? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here. Oh, and there’s also a giveaway going on.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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