In this high caliber Eastern duel between the best and third-best squads of the conference, the first Milwaukee Bucks (48-16), looking to end their current rare losing streak, are hosting the third Indiana Pacers (42-23), who have been faring well without Victor Oladipo and want to turn their latest victory into a streak.
Date/Time: 03-07-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -11
Milwaukee Bucks have a 48-16 record (37-24-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the first place of the whole NBA. They have back-to-back losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Suns with a 105-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27 ppg, adding team highs both in dimes made with 6 and in boards grabbed with 12.6 per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 17.4 ppg, 6 boards and 4.3 dimes per game.
Indiana Pacers have a 42-23 record (34-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third place of the East. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Bulls with a 105-96 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 17.7 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Bucks lead the Pacers 2-1 wins, having won the previous home game with a 118-101 score. Bucks have a 25-5 home record, while the Pacers are 17-14 on the road. Bucks are better offensively, scoring 117.3 ppg to Pacers’ 108.7, while Pacers are better defensively, allowing 103.7 ppg to Bucks’ 108.2. Pacers have better percentages both in field goals (48% to 47.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.6% to 35%). Bucks are better in boards grabbed (49.2 to 43.1) and both teams are equal both in dimes made (26.1 each) and in turnovers committed (13.4 each). Bucks are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -11 spread and expect them to beat the odds for an easy win.
Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -11 (-107)
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