Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers Preview
This game will feature two of the top teams in the East and will already have playoff implications. As the Pacers look to defend home court against the top team in the East, the Milwaukee Bucks. The Pacers have found their form recently, winning their last six games. While the Bucks have won seven out of their last eight games
The last time these teams met in Indianapolis, the Pacers were able to hold off the Bucks comeback push, and the game ended 113-97. Thaddeus Young led the way for the Pacers with 25 points and 11 rebounds. The Bucks were led by Eric Bledsoe with 26 points, but most notably Giannis was held to 12 points.
The Pacers will still be looking towards Wesley Matthews to fill Victor Oladipo’s role, after his season-ending injury, in his second game for them.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Arena: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Channel: FSWI, FSIN
Milwaukee Bucks Starting Lineup
The Bucks are in good form, having won seven out of their last eight games. This run has given them some cushion on top of the East. Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to continue to lead this team, and judging off his last game, he will continue to do so efficiently. He scored 29 points, and also grabbed 17 rebounds. Giannis is clearly the leader, but other players have also had good seasons behind him.
Khris Middleton has stepped up in a big way so far this year. He is averaging 17.1 points per game, and when he’s on the floor the defense must pay close attention to both him and Giannis. This dynamic duo has been the main reason why they are the second-best scoring offense in the league.
To pair with their high-powered offense, they also have one of the top defenses in the league. They only allow 107.3 points per game which is good enough for seventh in that category. Their defense isn’t usually under too much pressure because of their offense, but when they need to make stops, this defense is capable of doing so.
Indiana Pacers Starting Lineup
The Pacers have caught fire winning six straight after the Victor Oladipo injury. After he went down most people counted them out, but they have already exceeded those expectations. Now they are looking like a legit playoff team led by Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner.
The main reason for their success this season has been because of their defense. They currently have the no. 1 scoring defense in the league. It becomes a lot easier to outscore the opponent when they can only score around 90 points, only one team has been able to break 100 against the Pacers in the last six games. Having a big-time rim protector like Myles Turner helps make the overall defense look a lot better, as he is averaging 2.8 blocks per game this season.
Meanwhile, on the offense, they are led by Bojan Bogdanovic (16.7 points per game) and Domantas Sabonis (14.1 points per game). The Pacers are also hoping Wesley Matthews will help take some of the offensive pressure off these two. It is Matthews’ second game in Indiana and in the first one he was kept quiet and only scored eight points. His scoring production should improve as he begins to be more accustomed to the system. If he improves, then the Pacers will be hard to stop.
Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers Betting Odds
The Bucks are -3.5 point favorites to win this matchup and bring a halt to the Pacers win streak. The over/under 218.5 points and the moneyline opened at –165 and it has now moved to –173.
The Pacers are 22-1 at home so far this year and the Bucks are 19-9 away from home this season.
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