Los Angeles vs. MIlwaukee
Milwaukee is well on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been lights out to start the season, and Milwaukee recently added Eric Bledsoe to their back court.
In the Bledsoe trade, Milwaukee got rid of big man Greg Monroe, giving Thon Maker a chance to start stepping more up to the plate. The Bucks also have weapons like Khris Middleton and former rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon on top of that.
This series would be exciting to watch for a number of reasons, but above else the bottom line in a series like this would be how teams with completely different qualities match up. The Bucks have a big edge in terms of length, and Antetokounmpo has been able to take the league by storm without having a jump shot.
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Meanwhile, Lonzo Ball is still trying to figure out his shot but the rookie has done an excellent job of starting to get his teammates more involved and making them all better by passing and getting them opportunities up and down the floor.
Los Angeles has done well in terms of defensive rebounding against Milwaukee, grabbing forty boards so far against them this season to lead all teams the Bucks have played against. However, in order to make this a series the Lakers would have to improve considerably when it comes to allowing points in the paint.
Against the Bucks, they currently allow 52 per game from the paint and in a playoff series, given that Antetokounmpo continues to mature and develop his game, that number would likely be the death of them if it got any worse or stayed the same.
LA is close to being able to take on the Bucks, but it is still pretty early to tell if the Lakers could pull out a seven-game playoff clash with the Bucks.
Series MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo
Result: Bucks in 6