Milwaukee continued its latest street dominance with a narrow 141-140 triumph in Sacramento on Wednesday, and is currently unbeaten straight up in nine away contests going into Friday night’s game at the Staples Center.
The Bucks have also expanded their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings, where they now sit 2.5 games ahead of the second-place Toronto Raptors. But Milwaukee holds just a slight advantage over Toronto on the odds to win the Eastern Conference, where they’re pegged as +170 favorites on those NBA lines, while the Raptors closely track as a +180 bet.
With small recent playoff success to their credit, the Bucks also lag on the NBA championship odds. Milwaukee has failed to win a playoff series in eight trips to the postseason since 2001, and paths both the Raptors and the heavily favored Golden State Warriors with +900 chances to claim the city’s first NBA title since 1974.
Despite owning an NBA-best 47-14 SU record, the Bucks have also emerged as a shaky bet about the NBA betting odds. Milwaukee has coated in just a few of its last seven contests, ending a 6-0 against the spread conduct, but has regularly rewarded bettors throughout its present 9-0 SU tear on the road, covering eight events.
The Bucks have powered their torrid street rate with stingy defense, surrendering fewer than 100 points in five of the past nine away contests, and have also claimed victory by double-digit margins in seven of these outings.
Lakers Seeking to Resurrect their Playoff Hopes This is bad news for a Lakers squad seeking to reestablish its fading playoff hopes by posting consecutive wins for the first time since January 17. The Lakers are coming from a 125-119 triumph over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans as 6.5-point favorites on the NBA chances, and have recorded SU wins in three of four home dates.
But, there’s been little else for lovers of the team to cheer about. Los Angeles has stumbled on a 5-10 SU record in the 15 games because the team posted consecutive victories, also looks toward Friday’s competition shrouded in 10th place in the Western Conference standings, three games back of the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers at the race to the last playoff spot in the West.
But despite falling out of the playoff picture, the Lakers have maintained surprising resiliency about the NBA playoff odds. Along with trailing just the Warriors as well as the Houston Rockets as a +900 wager to claim the Western Conference title, the Lakers have also held stable on the NBA championship chances at a surprisingly powerful +1100. If the Lakers’ recent operation on the NBA odds is any sign, the clock is ticking in their lofty position on the NBA futures. Los Angeles has covered just once in its past six games, also is a gloomy 5-10-1 ATS in its past 16 home dates.