There are a lot of games in an NBA regular season but there are a few that grab the basketball world’s attention. Throughout the NBA season, Overtime Heroics NBA beat writers will give you their predictions on the biggest NBA games of the week!
Why the Milwaukee Bucks will win.
Cole Raines (@craines38) who covers the Bucks
Giannis Antetunkumpo, I personally don’t think there is anybody that can slow down what he is doing right now. The numbers Antetunkumpo is putting up in a limited sample size each game are ridiculous. The Bucks are blowing people out. Antetunkumpo doesn’t play a ton of minutes, yet he puts up around 30 points 10 rebounds and five assist each night.
As of right now, the Lakers are taking almost nine less 3-point shots a game and hitting them at a lower percentage. Over the course of a game, I think that will bode well for the Bucks. Antetunkumpo is also developing a 3-point shot. If he is able to make a good percentage of shots from downtown, the Lakers could be in trouble. Lopez’s 3-point shooting ability will allow for driving lanes for Antetunkumpo and the rest of the Bucks team.
Antetunkumpo is arguably the best matchup against Anthony Davis with his combination of size and length. Bledsoe being out hurts, but George Hill is a serviceable defender against the Lakers guards. Brook Lopez makes scoring tough in the lane, averaging 2.2 blocks per game, a career-high. But the big stat here is that opponents only shoot 51.8% at the rim against Lopez. That’s top 10 in the league. For a team that relies on driving and scoring in the paint that can cause them problems. It is highlighted by them being in the bottom half of 3-point attempts per game. Look at what the Pacers did against the Lakers with Myles Turner anchoring their defense.
NBA Prediction Bucks vs Lakers
The bucks put up big numbers in their win streak. Consistently putting up 115-120 points a game. I think it will be a little tougher for the Bucks to emulate that. Middleton and Antetunkumpo will be the leading scorers for the Bucks. But Lopez’s defensive performance will lead Milwaukee to victory down the stretch.
FINAL: BUCKS 110 LAKERS 106
Why the Los Angles Lakers will win
Mando Solario (@jv2dream) who covers the Lakers
Lakers continued dominance
The Lakers Haven’t Lost Back to Back Games This Season: They have been excellent in bouncing back after losses this season. I believe LeBron will set the tone offensively and force every buck on the floor to play excellent defense.
Anthony Davis has been upgraded to questionable after missing Tuesday’s game. If Anthony Davis is able to give it a go, it will help the Los Angeles Lakers in every aspect. Anthony Davis would get the call to somehow try and slow down the Greek Freak. More importantly, Anthony Davis is the Lakers anchor on the defensive end of the floor and in the rebounding department.
The Bucks supporting cast
The Lakers will force the others to beat them. I believe Giannis will get his points no matter who is on the floor defending him. However, the Bucks others will have to step up to take down the Lakers tomorrow. If Milwaukee takes down the Lakers, I believe it will be due to the excellent guard play from Kris Middleton.
NBA Prediction Lakers vs Bucks
My final prediction for this game kind of leans on the status of Anthony Davis. If Davis is a full go, I believe the Lakers will squeak out a close win.
Final LAKERS 101 BUCKS 99
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