Planning on watching today’s Pacers and Bucks game? Catch the action at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI, as the Bucks hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on BSW. The over/under for this matchup is currently set at 260 points and the Bucks are the favorite to win at home vs. the Pacers.
INDIANA PACERS VS MILWAUKEE BUCKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -7.5
This game will be played at Fiserv Forum at 8:00 ET on Monday, January 1st.
WHY BET THE MILWAUKEE BUCKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 157-130 in favor of the Bucks.
- Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists.
- From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.1% and knocking down 17 threes.
Do the Pacers Have a Shot at a Road Win?
Heading into today’s game against the Bucks, the Pacers find themselves 7.5-point underdogs on the road. If they are able to pull off the upset, they will also move ahead of the Bucks in the Eastern Conference standings. Right now, the Pacers are in 7th place, with a record of 17-14.
When playing outside of Indianapolis, the Pacers have put together three straight wins to move above .500 on the road at 8-7. Their average scoring differential on the road this season is -3.6 points per game.
So far, Indiana has been the underdog in 15 of their 31 games and have gone 8-7 against the spread in those games. Their average scoring margin as the underdog is -5.5 points, and they have gone 2 straight vs. the spread on the road.
The over/under record in their games is currently 22-9, and all of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 260. On average, the Pacers’ games have finished with 251.4 points per contest this season.
Coming into this game, the Pacers are averaging 126.6 points per game but in their last game, they scored 140 points against the Knicks. On the season, the Pacers are shooting 50% from the field and are 23rd in free-throw attempts per game.
The Pacers’ defense is presently ranked 29th in the league, allowing an average of 124.8 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Pacers are causing 13.1 turnovers per game, ranking 17th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 1st in rejections, averaging 6.6 blocked shots each game.
Can the Bucks Live Up to the Hype at Home?
In the Eastern Conference, the Bucks are sitting in 2nd place and lead the Central Division by a game over the Pacers. Overall, Milwaukee is 24-8 and will look to pick up their 3rd straight win today as they take on Indiana as the 7.5-point favorites at home.
So far, the Bucks have been the favorite in 31 of their 32 games, and have gone 24-7 straight up. When playing at home, Milwaukee has been dominant all season long, as they have an average scoring margin of +7 points per game and are 16-2 at home. Their ATS record at home is currently below .500 at 7-11.
The over/under record in their games is 21-11, and each of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 260. The average over/under line in their games has been 237.2 points this season.
Through 32 games, the Bucks have gone 8-6 against the spread on the road and have two straight covers on the road. Overall, their ATS record for the season is 15-17.
Heading into today’s game, the Bucks have the 2nd highest scoring offense in the league at 125 ppg. They have outscored their opponent’s defensive average in 75.0% of their games. Overall, the Bucks have been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NBA, shooting 50% from the field. Inside the arc, they are hitting 58% of their shots while averaging 14.5 made three’s per game.
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Bucks is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 118.9 points per game (24th). The Milwaukee defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.0% of their field goal attempts vs. Milwaukee.