Indiana Pacers (1-0) vs Milwaukee Bucks (1-0)Date : 10/19/2018
Time : 8:30 PM ET
Location : Fiserv Forum
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks will welcome the Pacers to Fiserv Forum for their first home opener of the season. The Bucks are coming off a road win over Charlotte while the Pacers were able to blow out the Memphis Grizzlies at home. Game tips off at 8:30 PM ET.
Indiana Pacers 's Latest Performance :
The Pacers are looking for revenge after failing to beat the Cavs at home in game 7, they open up the season on the road by blowing out Memphis. Victor Oladipo scored 16 points with five boards, five assists, and three triples. the reigning most improved player played only 26 mins. He should be well rested and good to go against the Bucks. Bojan Bogdanovic was on fire hitting 7-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers for 19 points. After signing an extension Myles Turner did not disappoint, he had eight points on 4-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 20 minutes. Tyreke Evans had 14 points, six assists, four rebounds, and one 3-pointer. The Pacers squad should be ready to go up against the Bucks as they cruise through their first game.
Player to watch: Victor Oladipo, it will be a star showdown between Giannis and Oladipo as I expect these two players to go back and forth all game long. Oladipo should be a player that will surprise a lot of teams this year because of his work ethic and how detailed he is when he works on his craft.
Milwaukee Bucks 's Latest Performance :
The Bucks came out of a nail-biter in their first game as they allowed the Hornets to climb all the way back to tie the game but in the end, Giannis came through in the clutch nailing two free throws to take a one-point lead. Antetokounmpo opened the season with 25 points, 18 rebounds, eight assists, one block and eight turnovers in 35 minutes. He made 9-of-21 FGs and 7-of-12 free throws, and came two rebound shy of his career-high. He made it a priority that he will play a great first game because all eyes are on him now to be the best player in the East with LeBron gone. Ersan Ilyasova looked sharp in 29 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with nine boards, two assists and one 3-pointer. It was good to see Ersan in a Bucks uniform again. Brook Lopez chipped in with 14 points in his debut.
Player to watch: Giannis Antetokounmpo, he is fully responsible for this Bucks team people tend to forget that he is only 24 and has already surpassed everyone expectations. This could be the season where we include the Greek freak into the MVP conversation. Going up against the Pacers meaning he will have to face off against fellow star Oladipo so it should be interesting to see who will have a better stat line when the game ends.
How Indiana Pacers & Milwaukee Bucks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Bucks are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
Pacers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Central.
Against The Spread Selection: Indiana Pacers
My reason for the pick :
The Pacers should get the better of the Bucks in this one due to their impressive team play. The Pacers play team basketball while the Bucks rely upon their superstar Giannis. If Giannis has a slow start look for the Pacers to capitalize early the Pacers have many options on offense and with Victor running the point he makes the game easier for everyone around him. The Bucks almost lost to the Hornets and allowed Kemba to drop 41 on them imagine what Oladipo stat line will be when he is playing against the Bucks. The Bucks problem still remains the same can they find another superstar to pair with Giannis to help him in the future.
The Pacers to beat the Bucks on the road.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers :
- Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks :
- Bucks are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games.