Giannis and the Bucks look to secure top seed in the Eastern Conference

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The Los Angeles Lakers head to Milwaukee losers of eight of their last ten. They are 31-38 overall and 13-22 on the road. Making matters worse, they are facing the top team in the NBA without Brandon Ingram. The Bucks are 52-17 for the season and 27-5 at home. With a three game lead over the Raptors in the Eastern Conference, they can take a stronghold with a win. 

Examining the teams statistically, the Bucks have the advantage in most major statistical categories. They are first in rebounding, second in scoring and ninth in points allowed per game. Milwaukee is in the middle in the pack in rebounding and 18th in three-point efficiency. Los Angeles is strong on the boards, ranked ninth in the NBA. However, they are near the bottom in defense, turnovers and three-point shooting percentage.

The Lakers will have to rely on LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma for monumental games to have a chance against the powerhouse of the league. James is averaging 28.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8 assists per game, while Kuzma adds 18.6 points per contest. Los Angeles doesn't have the firepower to make up for the 18 points per game than Ingram provides. JaValle McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo are solid complimentary pieces to the puzzle, but not game-changers.

The Bucks are lead by MVP front runner Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 27.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game.  Khris Middleton hits 38 percent from long range and drops 17.5 points per game.  With Malcolm Brogdon out of the lineup, other must step up. The Bucks are a very deep unit, however, and Eric Bledsoe (15.9 points), Brook Lopez (12.2 points) and Nikola Mirotic (11.5 points) are more than capable of filling the void.

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