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March 27, 2014 — 5:00 PM (PST)
Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
TV: TWC SportsNet / TWC SportsNet Deportes
Radio: 710 ESPN (English) / 1330 ESPN (Spanish)

The Lakers (24-46) surprised the national audience by dismantling the Knicks 127-96. With both teams playing in front of Phil Jackson, the Lakers outscored the Knicks 113-74 from the 2nd quarter on, including scoring 51 points in the 3rd quarter.

The Lakers now have to carry the positive momentum, winning 2 straight games, as they head off to Milwaukee to face off vs. Bucks, the worst win-loss record in the NBA. Without SG Kobe Bryant, C Pau Gasol, PG Steve Nash, and former Laker PG Steve Blake, all of whom were counted on to be floor leaders coming into this season, available, the Lakers have to play by committee by playing wel on both ends of the floor through constant communication and trusting each other. SG Xavier Henry who has decided to play through a torn ligament in his shooting wrist, was one of the players who inspired the Lakers to victory on Tuesday night, scoring 22 points.

Along with Henry, F Nick Young has picked up where he left off, scoring 22.3 PPG in his 3 games returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for almost 2 months.

The one bright spot for what is otherwise a miserable season for the Bucks is the emergence of rookie SF Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo, the youngest NBA player at 19 years old, has showed flashes of potential that he could bring to help rebuild the franchise. Although his statistics will not blow you over, averaging 7.0 PPG and 4.4 RPG,  Antetokounmpo seems to adapted much better with the NBA as this season has progressed, giving the Bucks franchise some hope for the future.

Projected Starters

PG – Brandon Knight/ Kendall Marshall [Advantage: Even]
SG – Ramon Sessions / Jodie Meeks [Advantage: Lakers]
SF – Khris Middleton / Wesley Johnson [Advantage: Bucks]
PF – John Henson / Jordan Hill [Advantage: Lakers]
C – Zaza Pachulia / Chris Kaman [Advantage: Lakers]

Notable Bench Players

Bucks: F Jeff Adrien, G OJ Mayo, G Ramon Sessions, G/F Giannis Antetokounmpo
Lakers: F Nick Young C Robert SacreXavier Henry, G Kent Bazemore

Bench Advantage: Lakers

Injury List

Bucks: Out-F Ersan Ilyasova Out-F Larry Sanders, Out-G Carlos Delfino, GTD-PG Nate Wolters
Lakers: Out-C Pau Gasol, Out-PG Jordan Farmar, Out-G Kobe Bryant,  Doubtful-PG Steve Nash

Bottom Line

Although the Lakers showed flashes of how well they can play at any given moment, they can play as bad at any given moment due to a lack of consistency. However, they should have no problem defeating the Bucks tonight, especially with the Lakers playing very well in their last 2 games.

Prediction

Lakers: 112-101