LeBron James’ chase for the all-time scoring record is done, and now the Los Angeles Lakers need to turn their focus to making a playoff push.
That started with the team’s deal for Malik Beasley, Jarred Vanderbilt and D’Angelo Russell on Wednesday, setting Los Angeles up with a better rotation down the stretch of this season.
However, none of those players are expected to suit up tonight, which means there could be some sneaky value in the prop market.
The Lakers upset the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this season, but they’ll need some things to go right to do it again.
Here’s how I’m wagering on the matchup between LeBron and Giannis Antetokounmpo:
Bucks vs. Lakers best NBA prop bets
- Dennis Schroder OVER 11.5 Points
- Jrue Holiday OVER 6.5 Assists
- Anthony Davis UNDER 12.5 Rebounds
Dennis Schroder OVER 11.5 Points
The Lakers’ trade for D’Angelo Russell will eventually cut into Dennis Schroder’s role, but tonight he’s going to play big minutes with Russell Westbrook no longer with the team.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Schroder is playing 31.8 minutes per game across his last 38 games. The veteran guard is averaging 12.6 points per game over that stretch.
I could see the Lakers staggering some of Schroder and LeBron’s minutes on Thursday to give themselves a lead ball-handler with the second unit. That was previously Westbrook’s role, but Schroder, a former Sixth Man of the Year candidate, has experience leading a unit.
Dennis has been taking less than 10 shots per game as a starter, but I think he’s in line for an increased role with Westbrook now in Utah.
Jrue Holiday OVER 6.5 Assists
Jrue Holiday is averaging 7.1 assists per game on the season, and he’s facing a fast-paced Lakers squad (No. 2 in pace) on Thursday night.
Jrue has been a little up and down with this prop, but he’s coming off an eight-assist game against Portland.
The Bucks point guard had a six-game stretch where he cleared this line in each game earlier this year, so with plenty of possessions expected against Los Angeles, I’ll back him to get there again.
Anthony Davis UNDER 12.5 Rebounds
Anthony Davis is averaging 11.9 rebounds per game for the Lakers this season, but he’s cleared this line in just two of his six games since returning from an injury to his right foot.
This is a tough matchup for Davis, as the Bucks have a ton of size down low with Brook Lopez and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
AD dominated the Bucks in Milwaukee earlier this season, scoring 44 points, but he grabbed just 10 boards in that game.
Milwaukee ranks No. 2 in the NBA in rebounding percentage this season, so don’t be shocked if Davis falls short of this line on Thursday night.
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