It can’t be argued that LeBron James has been the best all-around player in the NBA for the past decade plus. A very easy case could be made that title has been taken this season by the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is the betting favourite to win his first MVP award. Antetokounmpo’s nickname of the “Greek Freak” is so fitting because the 24-year-old is a 6-foot-11 point guard who can go basket-to-basket in two dribbles. Seriously, he’s done it. The Freak has a wingspan of a pterodactyl. There’s just never been anyone like him. About the only thing he doesn’t do well – yet – is shoot from the perimeter.
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The Lakers could be on tired legs here as it concludes a winding five-game road trip and is their fifth game in seven days.
Milwaukee goes for the season sweep as it was a 131-120 winner in Los Angeles on March 1. Antetokounmpo had 16 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 31 points. LeBron had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, while Brandon Ingram put up 31 points and eight rebounds. He has since been shut down for the season.
The underdog has covered 21 of the past 30 in this series.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron’s first season as a Laker probably hit rock bottom on Sunday as his team lost at the NBA-worst New York Knicks 124-123. James had the potential game-winning shot blocked by former lottery pick bust Mario Hezonja in the final seconds. James had 33 points but was 4-for-15 in the fourth quarter when the Lakers blew an 11-point lead with just under four minutes remaining.
LeBron also has been drawing some criticism for sitting at the far end of the bench during the first half while his teammates were all huddling up. Kyle Kuzma added 18 points for the Lakers, who have lost three straight and eight of nine. The Lakers are 1-8 ATS in their past nine.
One of the most entertaining games of the season if you got a chance to see it was Milwaukee’s 130-125 home loss to Philadelphia on Sunday in a potential playoff preview. The Greek Freak burnished his MVP chances with a career-high 52 points along with 16 rebounds and seven assists.
Philly’s Joel Embiid had 40 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. It was just the fourth time ever opposing players had at least 40, 15 & 5 in the same game and first since March 1966, when Walt Bellamy and Elgin Baylor did it. The Bucks are without former Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, who will miss 6-8 weeks with a heel injury. Milwaukee is 19-7 ATS in its past 26 after a loss.