Two of the NBA's best go head to head in this must watch game and Dave Gray thinks the Lakers have the edge over the Bucks...
"It is the number one ranked Lakers defence up against the number two Bucks offence."
Los Angeles Lakers @ Milwaukee Bucks
Friday, 00:00 GMT
Live on Sky Sports Arena
Two of the best face off
We have a matchup of two of the very best as Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James face off. These are the sort of games where James so often comes up big and while Giannis is a two time reigning MVP, it is against the best teams where he and the Bucks have slipped up.
It is no doubt one of the biggest regular season games we see as arguably the best team in each conference goes up against each other so all eyes will be on the game. It is the number one ranked Lakers defence up against the number two Bucks offence. In fact, both teams are top 10 in both offence and defence.
AD and LeBron are phenomenal
Giannis is a superstar, there is no doubt about it. But the Lakers have two of them and LeBron and Anthony Davis were the driving force behind last season's title. The Bucks have a strong defence, but those two are a matchup nightmare for any time due to their physicality.
The Lakers acquired Dennis Schroeder in the offseason and while he has been a little up and down since a great start, he adds something so important for LA. He gives them another scoring option and much needed ball handling. At times last season it was the big two or nothing, but he gives the team more options and that is key as they manage LeBron towards the end of the season.
Three point defence can be the difference
The Bucks added Jrue Holiday and things appear to be coming together. He is really starting to work well with Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton and like the Lakers and Schroeder, he gives them another option that they were really lacking at times last season.
While Milwaukee have a very good defence, they have been suspect at times defending from three and that could be the difference against a Lakers team that is currently ranked three from beyond the arc.
Lakers have the edge
This should be an excellent game between two teams that can really go toe-to-toe with each other. The Lakers just have the edge for me with their two superstars and that shooting from three could well be the difference here. One thing is for sure though, this is a must watch.