Milwaukee Bucks: Next three games will provide pivotal test

Jan 9, 2021; Milwaukee, WI, USA: Nick Monroe/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Davis
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Milwaukee Bucks versus Los Angeles Lakers, January 21

For the majority of last season, it seemed like the Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers were on a collision course to meet in the NBA Finals. Of course, it did not pan out that way, but whenever these two go head-to-head, it is always a headliner matchup, and this game will be no exception.

The Lakers are right where they left off last season as they currently sit at first place in the Western Conference with a 10-3 record. LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the league’s current best one-two punch, have continued their dominance and will arguably be the hardest test the Bucks will face during this three-game stretch.

Limiting these two will be exhausting on its own, but the Lakers are still a well-oiled machine all around. With several new additions this past offseason, including former Buck Wesley Matthews, the Lakers are arguably better than they were last year when they won the championship, and the stats show it.

Although it is early, Los Angeles currently boasts the league’s best defensive rating while holding the fifth-best offensive rating. That high level of play on both ends will give the Bucks a run for their money and provide them with their toughest matchup of the season to this point.

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With all of that taken into account, the Milwaukee Bucks have a tough road ahead within the next six days. This three-game stretch will be an early-season test for the team, and the end result will be very telling.