Milwaukee will be without rookie
Nonetheless, the Bucks have won four in a row and have done an admirable job holding onto a playoff seed, sixth in the Eastern Conference standings -- a full five games ahead of the
Meanwhile, the Lakers have had their own struggles to stay healthy with
Knight is the high-scorer for the Bucks at 17.7 points a game, along with 5.3 assists.
Last year, the explosive guard scored 37 points at Staples Center against the Lakers.
If he's unable to play, the Bucks will have to get it done collectively -- something the Lakers are familiar with, without Bryant.
The Lakers will need to contain players like
Offensively, the Lakers are expected to get Nick Young back from an ankle injury.
Antetokounmpo is a particularly interesting player to watch, a guard/forward with an extremely athletic 6-foot-11 frame.
Now in his second year, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals and a 1.0 blocks a game, while shooting 49.4% from the field.
The Lakers are relying on rookie
The Bucks are shorthanded but they're one of the better defensive teams in the league. The Lakers may compete but aren't likely to win.