Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indian Pacers
Two division rivals collide tonight as the Milwaukee Bucks host the Indiana Pacers. The Bucks are -3.5 point favorites over the Pacers with an over/under point total set at 201.5.
The Bucks continued their charge towards a playoff berth with another big performance on Friday night after comfortably defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 112-92. Milwaukee bounced back from their 100-91 home loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, a game which snapped their season high six game winning streak, five of which were on the road. A big part of their recent success has to do with their new found offense as the Bucks are averaging a whopping 109 points over their last eight outings.
Indiana had their two game winning streak snapped by the visiting Phoenix Suns on Friday night. Despite holding a seven point half time advantage, the Pacers were outscored 32-18 in the third quarter, which proved too large of margin to get back. Indiana has now lost seven of their past 11 games and currently occupy fifth place in the East.
Head to head, the Pacers are 2-7-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings, while the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 5-0-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Bucks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, but just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Pacers on the other hand are 8-25 ATS in their last 33 games playing on 0 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Funnily enough, this is the first meeting between these two teams this season, so we really don’t have any recent meetings to go off. It has to be said that the Pacers will be playing in their third game in as many nights and considering how much they struggle in the second of back to backs, the Bucks have a big edge here. Given that, and the fact that the Bucks are one of the hottest teams in the league at the moment makes this one pretty easy.
Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 Indiana Pacers