Lakers vs. Bucks Pre-Game

After last night’s slaughtering of the Pacers, the Lakers need to come out equally focused for tonight’s game versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Many times, young teams like the Lakers tend to get overconfident after they come out of the gates winning seven of 10 games.

The Lakers must be especially careful though as the Bucks are on a three game win streak of their own, including an impressive, confidence-building victory over division rival Cleveland last night. As always, the Lakers are faced with the difficult task of stopping All-Star Bucks guard Michael Redd who has lit up L.A. in the past.

On the Lakers end, Bynum and Mihm will go against Andrew Bogut at center, a player who is known almost exclusively for his offensive skills. In other words, the chances of Bynum continuing his streak of productive games are pretty high.

The Lakers will also get their first look at newly acquired forward Trevor Ariza who passed his physical and will be in uniform for the team tonight. On the opposite end of the floor, L.A. will get its first look at much talked about Bucks rookie Yi Jianlian who has showed flashes of brilliance for Milwaukee in their nine games thus far.

Like the Lakers, the Bucks are a balanced squad who present scoring threats at almost every position. But, if L.A. can hold Redd in check and continue to get exceptional results from its bench, the Lakers should be able to extend their four game win streak and avenge the two losses they suffered last year at the hands of the Bucks.