Lakers vs Bucks preview and injuries: Lebron update

In a matchup without all the stars, the Lakers vs Bucks see Lebron James on the sidelines, while Milwaukee’s Khris Middleton possibly returns.

Lakers vs Bucks Preview: two favorites in crisis
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The LA Lakers will take on the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow at the Fiserv Forum, in what will be their longest road trip of the season so far. Both of these teams are banged up as the Lakers just suffered a 121-103 blowout loss to the Chicago Bulls while the Bucks endured a crushing 120-100 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks.

The Bucks are hopeful 

The Bucks find themselves at 6-8 entering the Wednesday matchup with three solid players out, Jrue Holiday for six games, Khris Middleton for eight and Brook Lopez for 13.

Both Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo have been carrying too much of a load since Holiday and Middleton have been out, and the inconsistency of their players’ health has just impeded their performance this season.

On the brighter side, even though Brook Lopez still remains out, the Bucks are hopeful that both Middleton and George Hill, who are both listed as probable, will be able to play against the Lakers tonight.

The Lakers without Lebron James

Since the Lakers have lost their star power, Lebron James, their halfcourt offense has been arguably the worst in the league with 89 points per 100 possessions. James, who has suffered an abdominal strain that has kept him out for eight games so far, is still out for Wednesday’s marquee game against the Bucks and this is not good news for the Lakers. 

James’s absence has loomed over the Lakers who have gotten outscored by 5.2 per 100 possessions; the Angelenos were able to outscore opponents by 3.2 points per 100 possessions with James on the court.

James is not the only one out though with Anthony Davis listed as probable on the injury report because of his thumb.

It looks like this will be the final Lakers game without Lebron, as there’s “growing optimism” that he returns for Friday’s matchup against the Boston Celtics, reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski this morning.

The NBA's clash between the Lakers and Bucks will tip-off at the Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee (WI), on Thursday 17th November 2021 at 7:30 pm ET/4:30 pm PT

Here’s all the information you need for the matchup, and the How and Where to Watch Lakers vs Bucks inside the US.