LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are starting to run away with the Western Conference, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks have distanced themselves from the rest of the Eastern Conference long ago. The two teams will meet in what could be a Finals preview Friday night in Los Angeles, as the Lakers look to avenge a loss at the hands of Milwaukee in the teams' last meeting. Anything and everything is on the table when these two offensive juggernauts take the floor.
4. Both Teams Make 20 or More Three Pointers
While Giannis and LeBron might not be the best three-point shooters in the world, they have both started to chuck it from deep more due to Mike Budenholzer and Frank Vogel's desire for up-tempo, explosive offenses. With the likes of Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez available for Milwaukee, as well as Danny Green and Kyle Kuzma ready to go for LA, expect both teams to have the green light to stroke it from deep all game long.
3. Dwight Howard Gets 15 Points and 15 Rebounds
Howard has been able to morph into the ideal backup big man and rim-runner in the late stages of his career, as his 7.8 points and 7.6 rebounds paint the picture of a guy who is relishing the chance to feast on second unit centers. Howard has the chance to square off against both Lopez brothers in Brook and Robin, neither of whom are as physical inside as Howard. If he gets more minutes than he's used to, expect a vintage Dwight double-double.
2. LeBron, Anthony Davis, and Giannis All Top 35 Points
For as deep as both of these teams are, they both revolve around their superstars. Giannis can hit 30 points with his eyes closed given how effortlessly he attacks the rim, while James and Davis are both averaging over 25 points per game. In primetime, with playoff positioning on the line, expect James, Davis, and Antetokounmpo to demand the ball when the chips are down and their respective teams need a bucket.
1. The Lakers Win By Double Digits
The Bucks got the better of the Lakers in Milwaukee, but LA chalks up a victory in this one. The Bucks will be making the trip out west, a healthy distance from Milwaukee, to face a 6-8 superstar in James averaging 26.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 10.4 assists since the start of February and a 6-10 matchup nightmare in Davis averaging 25.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the same span. LA's star duo's red-hot form of late will continue against Budenholzer and the Bucks, and it'll be enough to pull out the win.