Milwaukee Bucks (18-8) vs Indiana Pacers (17-10)Date : 12/12/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers
The Milwaukee Bucks will travel to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, to battle the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After a patch to where the Bucks went 3-3, record-wise, they have won three of their last four games along with two straight after picking up a 108 – 92 blowout win at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers in their last time out as Eric Bledsoe led the team with 20 points along with 12 rebounds in the absence of their star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was a late scratch.
The Indiana Pacers picked up their fourth straight win as they were victorious over the Washington Wizards at home due to a 109 – 101 score as Miles Turner led the team with 26 points along with 12 rebounds including a key block late in the game on Kelly Oubre Jr which allowed the Pacers to receive the necessary momentum in sealing a much-needed victory. The under has been the play in five of the last seven meetings almost these two teams.
Milwaukee Bucks 's Latest Performance :
Giannis Antetokounmpo will likely miss this matchup due to a neck injury, as stated; However, with Bledsoe stepping up for the team along with other role players increasing their offensive production, the Bucks may indeed keep this matchup tight versus the Indiana Pacers. Of course, Milwaukee is coming off of a 16-point win at home over the Cleveland Cavaliers and will look to hit the road where they are losers of two of their last three games, overall.
Aside from hitting 15 3-pointers in their last matchup, the Bucks certainly did not light it up from the field as they only shot 43% for the night, yet they allowed the Cavaliers to shoot 37% from the floor in a game to where the Bucks outrebounded the Cavaliers by a margin of 55-43 for the contest. Aside from Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon along with Khris Middleton chipped in 19 and 18 points, respectively, for Milwaukee while Larry Nance Jr, on the other hand, along with Collin Sexton led the Cavaliers in scoring with 16 and 15 points.
Indiana Pacers's Latest Performance :
And while the Indiana Pacers offense has certainly struggled without their star, Victor Oladipo, in the lineup, the team has continuously utilized its balanced scoring attack versus its opponents in which to pick up wins in his absence. The Pacers certainly used this philosophy at home versus the Washington Wizards as six players scored in double-figures for Indiana led by Turner with 26 along with 12 rebounds, as stated, while Bojan Bogdanovic ended with 22 points along with seven rebounds. Tyreke Evans also chipped in eight points along with six assists on a night where Indiana shot 50% both from the field as well as from three-point range.
On the other hand, Washington did not fair as well as they shot only 42% from the floor on the night as Bradley Beal went 4-9 from three-point range while leading the team with 30 points while John Wall did not play in this matchup due to Injury / illness. Kelly oubre Jr also had 23 points along with five rebounds in the loss for Washington. In all, Indiana has won three straight home games and will look to keep this momentum intact as they face off versus a Milwaukee Bucks squad that are winners of three of the last four games, overall, as they may be without their star in Antetokounmpo for another game due to neck injury.
How Milwaukee Bucks & Indiana Pacers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Milwaukee is 14 – 11 – 1 ATS while the OU is 15 – 11
Indiana is 14 – 13 ATS while the OU is 11 – 16
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
If Antetokounmpo does not suit up, look for the Bucks to utilize the same type of philosophy that they installed versus the Cleveland Cavaliers as they will look to possess yet another balanced offensive attack in place of their star. On the other hand, Indiana will also be coming in with their fair share of confidence and momentum after illustrating a set of outstanding showings on the defensive end in their past few matchups. In all, expect this to be a back and forth contest throughout as the Pacers will certainly look to slow down the pace of this game while allowing their defense to established themselves. On the other hand, Milwaukee will be looking to push the pace early and often in which you keep the Pacers on its heels on the defensive end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Indiana Pacers
My reason for the pick :
Again, with Antetokounmpo being uncertain to play in this contest, I will back the Pacers as they will look to ramp up their defense, yet again, in which to neutralize a Bucks offense that will certainly be a bit shorthanded. With that being the case, Indiana will utilize its balanced offense team scoring attack in which to pull out a slim yet hard-fought victory in the end. Also, look for Bledsoe to show and prove, once again, in this matchup as he has been on a tear lately.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest as it has been the play in the last seven games, overall, for the Indiana Pacers while also being the result in the last four games for the Milwaukee Bucks. Again, with Antetokounmpo not certain to play in this game, expect for the offensive production from Milwaukee to take a dip, thus allowing the under to be the strongest play in this matchup, overall.
Betting trends for Milwaukee Bucks :
- Bucks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Under is 5-0 in Bucks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Under is 4-0 in Bucks last 4 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers:
- Under is 7-0 in Pacers last 7 overall.
Under is 5-0 in Pacers last 5 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Under is 6-0 in Pacers last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.