The Indiana Pacers (11-8) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (15-6) on Thursday, December 7th. This game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in T-Mobile Arena and televised on ESPN. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 5:00 ET.
Pacers vs Bucks
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
The Pacers beat the Celtics in their most recent game, ending with a score of 122-112. The Pacers faced the Celtics as +4.5 underdogs, achieving both a straight-up and ATS win in the game. Considering the over/under, the total of 234 points fell short of the set over/under line of 245.5.
As they prepare to face the Bucks, the Pacers are focused on adding to their above .500 record of 11-8. So far, the Pacers are 9-7 against other Eastern Conference teams and have gone 2-1 in non-conference play.
Indiana arrives with an ATS record of 11-8 for the season up to this point. The Pacers have a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 5-5 record against the spread when they are the favorites.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
The Bucks took down the Knicks in their most recent game with a final score of 146-122. At the beginning of the second half, the Bucks were leading 75-72.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Pacers, the Bucks are 15-6 and are above .500. They currently lead the Central Division and are in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference.
Milwaukee comes in with an overall ATS record of 9-12 so far this season. In their two most recent home games, Milwaukee has covered the spread and they are 4-7 ATS at home compared to 5-5 on the road.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
The Pacers arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 128.4 points per game (1st). 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. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.3 made free-throws per game.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Bucks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 122.3 points per game (3rd). When looking at the Bucks pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 101.2. Milwaukee has been highly effective on the offensive end, thanks to their combination of an up-tempo playing style and one of the league’s top effective field goal percentages, standing at 58%.
Pacers Team Defense
So far, the Pacers’ defense is ranked 29th in the league at 125.2 points per contest.
The Indiana defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.0% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 50.3% of their field goal attempts vs. Indiana.
Bucks Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Bucks will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 118.3 points per game (24th).
On two point field goal attempts, the Bucks’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.8% and allowing 35.9% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Pacers And Bucks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Tyrese Haliburton as the primary point contributor for the Pacers, finishing with 20 points while maintaining a 7/13 shooting accuracy. Throughout this season, his average stands at 26.9 points per game, along with 4 rebounds.
As for Milwaukee, Giannis Antetokounmpo is projected to be the primary scorer for the Bucks. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 21, and adding 8 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 61.1% and is averaging 30.2 points per contest.
Pacers vs Bucks Trends
- Indiana has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 144 points per game while allowing 141. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- Across their last five home contests, Milwaukee has been good against the spread posting a mark of 4-1. Their overall mark in these games was 3-2, while averaging 126 points per game.
- As the betting underdog, the Pacers have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 2-1.
- The Bucks have played well in their last five games as the betting favorite, going 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread.
The Pacers come in as the underdog at +4.5, 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.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 255 and our model has the Pacers and Bucks finishing with a combined 224 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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