The Milwaukee Bucks (5-2) travel to face off against the Indiana Pacers (5-3) on Thursday, November 9th. This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Gainbridge Fieldhouse and televised on NBA. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Bucks vs Pacers
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
In their last game, the Bucks defeated the Pistons with a final score of 120-118. The start of the second half saw the Bucks in the lead, at 62-52.
Facing the Pacers today, the Bucks look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 5-2. At the moment, the team holds 2nd place in the Eastern Conference and 1st place in the Central division.
This season, Milwaukee holds an ATS record of 1-6, which also includes their four game losing streak against the spread. When playing on the road, the Bucks have not managed to cover the spread, and they hold a 1-4 record at home against the spread.
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
In the Pacers’ most recent game against the Jazz, Aaron Nesmith led the Pacers with 24 points while going 9/13 from the field. The Pacers picked up a 134-118 win, and Bennedict Mathurin also added 22 points which was 2nd on the team.
The Pacers head into today’s action with an overall record of 5-3 and have gone 2-1 over their previous three games. In road games, the Pacers have a 1-1 record this season, in contrast to their 4-2 record when playing at home.
The Pacers have successfully covered the spread in their last two games and hold an overall ATS record of 5-3. On the road, the Pacers have an ATS record of 1-1, as opposed to a 4-2 record against the spread when playing at home.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Milwaukee offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.1 points per contest. In terms of pace, the Bucks are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.3 possessions per game. Milwaukee has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 55%.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Pacers’ offense is rated 1st in the league in scoring, averaging 126 points per contest. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.2 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 103 possessions per contest.
Bucks Team Defense
At this time, the Bucks’ defense is positioned 25th in the NBA, permitting 119.4 points per game.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Bucks squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.4% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 35.6% from downtown.
Pacers Team Defense
Facing Milwaukee, the Pacers aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 121.2 points allowed per game (26th).
In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Pacers defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 52.2% while allowing 38.6% from downtown.
Key Players For The Bucks And Pacers
In today’s game, our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo leading the Bucks with 16 points on 6/10 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 24.4 points per game, along with 9 rebounds.
On the other side, Tyrese Haliburton is our projected leading scorer for the Pacers. We have him ending the game with a team-high 13 and grabbing 2 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 49.1%, and his scoring average is 22.9 points per game.
Bucks vs Pacers Trends
- In their last five games away from home, the Bucks have a straight up record of 1-4 while going 0-5 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 111 points per game in these contests.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Indiana has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 121 per game. The team went 2-3 overall in these games.
- The Pacers have played well in their last three games as the betting underdog, going 2-1 straight up and 2-1 against the spread.
- Through their previous five contests as the betting favorite, the Bucks have a strong record of 4-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 1-4.
Bucks vs Pacers Prediction
The Pacers come in as the underdog at +4, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 243.5, and our model predicts the Bucks and Pacers to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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