In this high caliber Eastern duel, two of the three best teams of the conference are clashing, when the third Indiana Pacers (38-19), looking to extend their current lengthy winning streak, are hosting the first Milwaukee Bucks (42-14), who want to turn their latest victory into another streak.
Date/Time: 02-13-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Indiana Pacers +3.5
Indiana Pacers have a 38-19 record (30-27 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have six consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Hornets with a 99-90 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Victor Oladipo with 18.8 ppg, adding 5.6 boards and 5.2 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury. He is followed by Bojan Bogdanovic with 16.7 ppg and 3.9 boards per game.
Milwaukee Bucks have a 42-14 record (33-20-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. They have won seven of their last eight matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Bulls with a 112-99 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.1 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 5.9 and in boards grabbed with 12.6 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.1 ppg, 5.8 boards and 4.2 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once at home (Pacers by 16 points and Bucks by 17). Pacers have a 22-7 home record, while the Bucks are 19-9 on the road. Bucks are better offensively, scoring 117.1 ppg to Pacers’ 108.3, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 102.8 ppg to Bucks’ 107.3. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (48% to 47.9%), while Pacers have a better 3-point percentage (37.1% to 35%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (48.8 to 43.4) and both teams are equal in dimes made (26.2 each) and very close in turnovers committed (13.5 to 13.7). Bucks are the favorite in this one and Vegas odds give them a -3.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road win.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 (-107)
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