The Indiana Pacers (13-8) travel to face off against the Milwaukee Bucks (16-7) on Wednesday, December 13th. This game will be played at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and televised on BSW. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Pacers vs Bucks
The Pacers Are Coming Off A Win
In the game against the Pistons, Bennedict Mathurin was the top scorer for Indiana, recording 30 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 56.5%. The Pacers picked up a 131-123 win, and Myles Turner also added 23 points which was 2nd on the team.
Heading into today’s game, the Pacers are looking to extend their four game winning streak. Overall, they are 13-8 this season. When playing on the road, the Pacers are 6-3 while going 7-5 at home.
Against the spread, Indiana have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 13-8 ATS. The Pacers currently have a three game ATS win streak as the underdog and are 6-5 vs. the spread as the favorite.
The Bucks Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Bucks bested the Bulls with a score of 133-129. Going into the second half the Bucks held the lead at 74-65.
The Bucks will come into their matchup with the Pacers with an overall record of 16-7 and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In Eastern Conference games, the Bucks are 14-7 and are 2-0 in non-conference games.
Milwaukee has an overall ATS record of 9-14 for the season so far. The Bucks maintain an ATS record of 5-5 on the road, while they have a 4-9 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Pacers Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Indiana offense is the 1st ranked unit in the NBA, at 128.5 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 14.7 made 3’s per game. A key to the teams offensive success is their ability to avoid turning the ball over. So far, Indiana is ranked 6th in fewest turnovers per game.
Bucks Offense Breakdown
Leading up to today’s matchup, the Bucks are one of the NBA’s top offenses, averaging 122.6 points per game (2nd). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.4 made 3’s per game. If the Milwaukee offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Pacers Team Defense
For the season, Indiana is sitting 29th in terms of points allowed per game (124.8). It is worth noting they have given up a fewer number of points in two straight games.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Pacers squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 55.3% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 38.6% from downtown.
Bucks Team Defense
Currently, the Bucks’ defense holds the 24th rank in the NBA, allowing 119.2 points per game.
When it comes to forced turnovers, the Bucks are forcing 13.2 per game, which is 15th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 13th in blocked shots at 5.6 per game.
Key Players For The Pacers And Bucks
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Tyrese Haliburton will be the primary scorer for the Pacers, with 19 points and going 7/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 26.3 points per game, along with 4.2 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Giannis Antetokounmpo as the leading scorer for the Bucks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 8 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 61.7%, and his scoring average is 30.6 points per game.
Pacers vs Bucks Trends
- In their last five road games, Indiana has averaged 138 points per game while allowing 133 . The team’s record in this stretch was 4-1 while going 4-1 vs. the spread.
- The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Pacers have a straight up record of 7-3 and an ATS mark of 7-3.
- Over the team’s last three games as the favorite, the Bucks struggled vs the spread going just 1-2. However, they still had a straight up mark of 2-1.
Coming in as the underdogs at +6.5, we have the Pacers as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 259, and our model projects the Pacers and Bucks to reach a combined total of 228 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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