NBA Thursday same game parlay: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Milwaukee Bucks (+1173)

Giannis Antetokounmpo playing for Bucks
Photo of Ricky Dimon

Ricky Dimon

NBA · 1 year ago

Show Bio

Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

A potential preview of the NBA Finals will be on display when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Sure, we are getting ahead of ourselves when we mention the NBA Finals, but there is no denying that these two teams are serious contenders. After all, the Lakers captured the title in 2019-20 and the Bucks were seeded first in the Eastern Conference only to fall short again in the playoffs. Two months into this season, Los Angeles is No. 1 in the West and Milwaukee is second in the East—just a half-game behind Philadelphia.

As the marquee matchup on Thursday’s slate, Lakers-Bucks deserves the same game parlay treatment. Let’s take a look at the best such option for this showdown, and be sure to check out our full preview of the game for picks on the side and total.

Milwaukee Bucks ML (-108)

Alternate total Over 232.5 points (+134)

Khris Middleton Over 21.5 points (-110)

Dennis Schroder Over 4.5 assists (-124)

Parlay odds: +1173

Part of the value in same game parlays, of course, is that all of its components can be correlated if you so choose. That is much of the plan here. We feel good about the Bucks’ chances of emerging victorious in a high-scoring contest, and a big performance by Milwaukee sharpshooter Khris Middleton would help in both departments. Lakers guard Dennis Schroder handing out his fair share of assists also correlates nicely with an over play.

Milwaukee Bucks ML (-108)

The Lakers are coming off a stupefying loss to Golden State in which they led by 14 points in the fourth quarter. Although the Bucks also lost their most recent outing, that was far more understandable because it came against Brooklyn and resulted in a 125-123 thriller, at the end of which Middleton had a potential game-winning three that went in and out. As expected, Jrue Holiday has made an instant impact in providing support for Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo. Milwaukee is 6-1 at home this season and should be able to get the job done once again.

Alternate total Over 232.5 points (+134)

This game should be every bit as entertaining as advertised. Not only will it likely be competitive, but the pace of play can be expected to be fast. Although the Lakers don’t push the ball a ton, they are more than happy to oblige when their opposition wants to employ that kind of game-plan—and the Bucks will on Thursday. Head coach Mike Budenholzer’s team is eighth in the NBA in possessions per game. More possessions mean more scoring opportunities for Antetokounmpo, Middleton, Holiday, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis. With that kind of star power on the floor, expect a lot of points.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots over Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James

Khris Middleton Over 21.5 points (-110)

Middleton has been outstanding so far this season—far better than he was throughout the 2020-21 campaign. Holiday’s presence has actually taken some pressure off Middleton, who no longer feels like Antetokounmpo’s only help. The veteran small forward is shooting 52.7 percent from the floor (the best in his career) and 43.9 percent from three-point land (also his best ever so far). Middleton has scored 25 points in back-to-back games, and one of those efforts came even when he went 0-for-5 from deep. In other words, he is playing so well right now that he is finding ways to score even when his outside shot is off.

Dennis Schroder Over 4.5 assists (-124)

Since the calendar turned from 2020 to 2021, Schroder has exceeded this assist quota on five of nine occasions. There is no reason why he shouldn’t do it again when—as mentioned above—the Lakers’ pace of play will probably be faster than it is against most opponents. Schroder is more than capable of excelling in that kind of situation; it will play into his hands in terms of both quality and quantity. The German is playing well in his own right for his new team, and LeBron and A.D. should make him look even better than he really is.

Pickswise is the home of free NBA picks and predictions. Make sure to also check out our NBA parlays and ‘NBA prop bets‘ tabs for more expert picks. 

Virginia Bonuses

See All
PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 Risk-Free Bets!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

BetMGM

$200

Get $200 in Free Bets & a PICKSWISE HAT!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline wager on any team

Win $200 in free bets and a FREE Pickswise hat

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$250

Bet One, Get One: FanDuel will match your first bet placed up to $250 in free bets

Sign up for a new account with FanDuel Sportsbook

Deposit at least $10 into your account

FanDuel will match your first bet up to $250 in Free Bets!

Must be 21+ in CO. First deposit of at least $10 required. Bonus issued as non-withdrawable free bets that expire 14 days after receipt. See full terms at fanduel.com/sportsbook.

DraftKings

$100

Bet $5+ on MLB and get $100 in Free Bets Instantly!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5+ on any MLB team to win their next game

Win $100 no matter what!

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Risk-Free Bets!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,500

Get up to $1,500 Risk-Free First Bet!

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Make your first deposit of $50+

If your first bet is not a winner, get it all back as a free bet (up to $1,100) if you lose!

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim Instant Deposit Match up to $100 + Free $5 game

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.

TVG

$200

Get Your First Single-Horse Win Wager Back Up to $200 if you don't win

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $200

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.