Bucks vs. Lakers NBA Preview (3/8/24): Odds, Lineups & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on March 8, 2024 - Last Updated on March 14, 2024
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Bucks Vs. Lakers Preview

The Los Angeles Lakers host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday at Crypto.com Arena. The game tips off at 10 p.m. ET and airs on ESPN.

Bucks vs. Lakers pregame odds

According to the latest NBA odds, the Lakers are a slight home underdog for their first meeting of the season with the Bucks. Los Angeles enters with a record of 29-36 against the spread, while Milwaukee is 27-35-1 on that metric. Current odds for Friday’s game from Mass sports betting apps are as follows:

  • DraftKings: Lakers +2.5, over/under 232.0
  • FanDuel: Lakers +2, over/under 231.5
  • Caesars: Lakers +2.5, over/under 232.5
  • BetMGM: Lakers +2.5, over/under 231.5

Odds are subject to change and vary between sportsbooks for the Bucks vs. Lakers. 

Bucks vs. Lakers projected starting lineups

Bucks starting lineup

PG: Damian Lillard
SG: Malik Beasley
SF: Jae Crowder
PF: Giannis Antetokounmpo (game-time decision)
C: Brook Lopez

Lakers starting lineup

PG: D’Angelo Russell
SG: Austin Reaves
SF: LeBron James (game-time decision)
PF: Rui Hachimura
C: Anthony Davis (game-time decision)

Projected starting lineups for each team are provided by Sportsdata.

Bucks vs. Lakers injuries

The fact that LeBron James and Anthony Davis are both listed as questionable is typical for the Lakers. They’ve been listed as a game-time decision for most of the season but are expected to play tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo draws the questionable tag as well, though he’s also expected to suit up.

Team standings & stats for tonight’s game

Milwaukee Bucks team stats

The Bucks are second in the Eastern Conference with a record of 41-22 and have won seven of their last 10 games, though they suffered a 125-90 loss to the Golden State Warriors last time out. Giannis Antetokounmpo notched 23 points on 53.3% shooting from the field in the defeat, and Damian Lillard chipped in another 20 points. Milwaukee lost to the Lakers and looks to return to the win column when it hosts the Philadelphia 76ers. Here are the stats for the Bucks as a team this season:

  • Points per game: 120.9 (3rd)
  • Points allowed per game: 117.0 (19th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.2 (11th)
  • Assists per game: 26.4 (15th)
  • FG%: 49.1 (7th)
  • 3PT%: 37.5 (10th)

Los Angeles Lakers team stats

The Lakers, meanwhile, are 34-30 so far this season, putting them 10th in the Western Conference. They’re 6-4 in their last 10 games, most recently losing to the Sacramento Kings by a score of 130-120. LeBron James had 31 points and 13 assists in the defeat. Los Angeles beat the Bucks, now the Lakers will play the Kings again on Wednesday. Here are the key stats for the Lakers so far this season:

  • Points per game: 117.2 (11th)
  • Points allowed per game: 117.6 (20th)
  • Rebounds per game: 42.4 (22nd)
  • Assists per game: 28.5 (7th)
  • FG%: 49.7 (3rd)
  • 3PT%: 37.4 (11th)

Player stats for Bucks vs. Lakers

Milwaukee Bucks leaders

Despite strong games from Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, Milwaukee lost to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Here are the top five players from the Bucks’ most recent game:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (PF): 23 PTS, 7 RBS, 6 ASTS
  • Damian Lillard (PG): 20 PTS, 1 RB, 6 ASTS
  • Bobby Portis (PF): 20 PTS, 6 RBS, 1 AST
  • Brook Lopez (C): 9 PTS, 4 RBS
  • Pat Connaughton (SG): 6 PTS, 2 RBS, 3 ASTS

Antetokounmpo and Lillard lead the Bucks. Here are Milwaukee’s season leaders heading into Friday’s game:

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo: 30.7 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 6.3 APG
  • Damian Lillard: 24.4 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 6.7 APG
  • Khris Middleton: 14.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 5.0 APG
  • Bobby Portis: 13.2 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.7 APG
  • Brook Lopez: 12.6 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 APG

Los Angeles Lakers leaders

Strong outings from LeBron James and Anthony Davis weren’t enough to carry the Lakers in a loss to the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Here are the top five players from LA’s recent game:

  • LeBron James (SF): 31 PTS, 5 RBS, 13 ASTS
  • Rui Hachimura (PF): 29 PTS, 2 RBS
  • Austin Reaves (SG): 18 PTS, 4 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Anthony Davis (C): 14 PTS, 11 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • D’Angelo Russell (PG): 10 PTS, 1 RBS, 3 ASTS

LeBron James and Anthony Davis both lead the Lakers in seasonal stats. Here are the team leaders going into Friday’s game.

  • LeBron James: 25.3 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 8.0 APG
  • Anthony Davis: 24.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 6.7 APG
  • D’Angelo Russell: 17.7 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 6.2 APG
  • Austin Reaves: 15.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 5.5 APG
  • Rui Hachimura: 12.5 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG
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