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Does that say more about the Lakers or Milwaukee?

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The Lakers won (113-106) in Milwaukee against the Bucks on Thursday despite not accessing their highest gear, and on the latest postgame episode of the Silver Screen & Roll podcast, your hosts Jas Kang and Sabreena Merchant discussed whether this result says more about the Lakers, or the Bucks.

They started things off by discussing the particulars of the game, including superb performances from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and LeBron James, the latter suggesting that James was still a little miffed about the results of last year’s MVP vote. That effort came in somewhat of a contrast to Anthony Davis, who continues to work through some issues on the offensive end of the floor.

Jas and Sabreena then got into what to make of the Bucks as a contender, first relative to the rest of the Eastern Conference and then compared to the two teams from Los Angeles. That leads to some discussion of whether there are an abnormally low number of contenders in the league this year, and if there is more separation than usual between the Lakers and the second tier of playoff teams.

Finally, they concluded with a preview of the rest of this Lakers road trip, and Jas and Sabreena differed in their opinions on the quality of the opposition over the next six games. They then offered some thoughts on the Lakers’ rotation decisions, specifically who has been playing a bit too much, and who potentially deserves more minutes (spoiler alert: the answer wasn’t Talen Horton-Tucker).

You can listen to the entire episode in the player embedded below, and to make sure you never miss a single one moving forward, subscribe to the Silver Screen and Roll podcast feed on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or Google Podcasts.

You can follow Sabreena on Twitter at @sabreenajm, and Jas at @jaskang21.