Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers betting tips and predictions for Thursday’s NBA game at Fiserv Forum. Two Eastern Conference rivals go at it tonight as the Bucks host the Pacers holding a 2-0 lead in the season series. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Both of Milwaukee’s wins over Indiana this season happened in January and both were high scoring games won by double-digits. Will they repeat that tonight? It’s very likely, the Bucks have been on a roll for quite some time now winning 21 of their last 23 games. Their offensive stats have been through the roof during this stretch, they’re scoring 123.6 points per game, while shooting almost 50% from the field.
All that could be too much to handle for the injury riddled Pacers, against whom the Bucks have won the last 10 meetings. At Fiserv Forum the last 9 meetings have all gone the Bucks’ way, so it would take a major meltdown by one of the best teams in the NBA this season for this not to end in a victory for the home team.
Indiana just got blown out by the Detroit Pistons by 20 points on the road, they were without a bunch of starters for that game and most of those players are doubtful for tonight as well. Myles Turner, Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield and T.J. McConnell are just some of the names that could miss this game, putting the Pacers in a really tough position as they’re outside of the play-in tournament race right now.
This team has covered the spread only once in the last 6 meetings with Milwaukee, they’re also just 4-13 SU in their last 17 road games overall. Indiana has actually played solid basketball on offense in the first 2 meetings scoring 119 and 131 points, but I find it hard to believe they can put up a similar number tonight with so many players out.
Milwaukee is poised to dominate here, they are favorites by 13.5 points for a reason. Unless they decide to rest Giannis Antetokounmpo and a few other key players, they’re going to win this game by double digits. Take the home team to cover.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Predictions & Odds
Indiana managed to score just 97 points in their last game vs Detroit, one of the worst defensive teams we have in the NBA. That sums up the state of the team currently, they’re missing over 50 points per game through injuries, the loss of Haliburton hurts them a ton as he averages double-digit assists and is the core of their team on both ends.
Milwaukee has been involved in a ton of high scoring games lately, but without the Pacers scoring at least 100 points it’s hard to expect the two teams putting up enough to cross the projected total. An average of 241.6 points per game has been scored in the last 10 meetings, with the over cashing 7 times. Milwaukee ranks 3rd in defensive efficiency, it’s hard for teams that are in much better shape than the Pacers right now to score on them, so I think we’re headed for a lower scoring game here. Back the under.