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Lakers vs. Bucks: Start time, TV schedule and game preview

The Lakers look to buck their way out of a losing streak on the road.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Milwaukee Bucks Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are taking their lumps on the road, losing back-to-back games to open their first full trip away from STAPLES Center. They’ve now made their way to Milwaukee to face Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, which won’t make life any easier for the purple and gold.

Perhaps the Lakers will get a bit of a helping hand from the schedule, though, catching the Bucks on the second-half of a back-to-back. Milwaukee traveled overnight after picking up a win over the Spurs in San Antonio, so that’s one thing that weighs in the Lakers’ favor.

Brandon Ingram is going to have his hands full with Antetokounmpo, which should be an interesting battle between young, lanky forwards through the rest of their careers. There’s no denying that is Giannis strides ahead of Ingram right now, though. He leads the NBA in points per game (31.5) while filling up the stat sheet beyond scoring. Antetokounmpo is also averaging 10 points, 4.8 assists 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals per game.

Lonzo Ball, meanwhile, has hit a brick wall early in his rookie season. He’s averaging 6.8 points while shooting 22.8 percent from the field (12.5% 3P) over the last five games, and while the assists (6.8) and rebounds (5.2) add value to his time on the floor, he has to find a few things that work for him on offense.

The Bucks are a bottom-five defensive team, as well as a bottom-five team in pace, which means the Lakers should be pushing the tempo as often as possible against a team that should have tired legs. Enjoy the game, which hopefully snaps this small losing streak the Lakers find themselves in the midst of.

Time: 5:30 p.m P.T.

TV: Spectrum SportsNet, FSWI

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