NBA Preview and Free Pick: Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks
There are only two games on the NBA docket this evening, but they are both quality contests
featuring playoff squads. The first to tip off is a heavyweight showdown between two of the top
teams in the Eastern Conference. The 3rd place Indiana Pacers will hit the road to take on the
conference leading Milwaukee Bucks.
Date/Time/TV: Thur. Mar.7, 8:00 PM EST, TNT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -10.5 (-110)
The Pacers are 6.5 games behind the Bucks. They bring a record of 42-23 (33-31-1 ATS) to the table,
which leaves them four games behind the 2nd place Toronto Raptors and a game in front of the 4th
place Philadelphia 76ers. The team was last in action on Tuesday, picking up a 9-point home win
over the Chicago Bulls.
The Bucks have been off since Monday when they were on the road to visit the Phoenix Suns. They
suffered a surprising 114-105 defeat, marking the team’s second loss in a row. For the season,
Milwaukee is 48-16 (37-24-3 ATS). That’s good enough for the best record in the league. The Bucks
are 2.5 games in front of the Raptors in the east.
Indiana has victories in two of the last three, which comes on the heels of the team dropping two
straight games. Over the last 10, the Pacers are 6-4 (6-4 ATS). The club has been decent on the road
this season with a mark of 17-14 (14-17 ATS) thus far.
Totals have been Under for five of the last seven and lean that way on the year at 29-36. Leading
scorer Victor Oladipo is out for the year, while leading rebounder Domantas Sabonis will miss
tonight’s game with an ankle injury. Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 17.7 ppg, while Myles Turner
Prior to the current two-game skid, the Bucks were cruising along and riding a seven-game winning
streak. The team is 7-3 (5-5 ATS) over its last 10 outings. The Bucks have been stellar at home this
season with a record of 25-5 (17-12-1 ATS).
Team totals are in the middle at 31-33 for the year, but the Over has been the correct call for four of
the last six. Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the way for the Bucks. He’s averaging 27.0 ppg, 12.6
boards, and 6.0 dimes. Khris Middleton adds in 17.4 ppg, while Malcolm Brogdon contributes 16.2.
Pacers vs. Bucks Prediction
These two clubs hooked up last month on Indiana’s home court. The Bucks were 4.5-point favorites
for that one, and they walked off the floor with a 106-97 win. Over the last 10 meetings, the teams
are tied at 5-5. Totals are 3-7 over that span.
Milwaukee is a hefty 10.5-point favorite for tonight’s game. We expect one of the league’s best to
pick up the win on the home floor, but we’ll look for the visitors to keep it closer than expected and
Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks Pick: Indiana Pacers +10.5 (-110)