Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 11/15/13
Milwaukee Bucks (2-5) at Indiana Pacers (8-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers will be looking to extend their winning streak tonight when they take on the struggling Milwaukee Bucks.
If you didn't pay attention to the Pacers before, now would be a good time to take notice because they're coming off yet another win after despatching of the Grizzlies by 95-79 on Monday. Paul George led the way with 23 points, while David West had just 10 points, but this game was all about Lance Stephenson who racked up 13 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists for the first triple-double of his career. On the defensive end the Pacers were once again solid as a rock, beating the Grizzlies to a 45-32 advantage on the boards while holding them to their lowest point total of the season. Just when you think things couldn't get any better, news from the Pacers' camp is that Danny Granger is expected to return to practice as soon as Wednesday.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost four of their last five and will be looking to avoid a fourth straight loss after losing to the Magic by 94-91 on Wednesday. OJ Mayo led the team with 25 points while Caron Butler added 20, but the Bucks simply had no answer for the Magic's Arron Afflalo who scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half. In the third quarter alone, Afflalo matched a team record with five three pointers which just broke the back of the Bucks who have been struggling to deal with the injuries to Larry Sanders and Ersan Illyasova. With the loss, Milwaukee drop to 2-5 on the season and 1-3 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS win, while the Pacers are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games.
Head to head, the home team is 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and the Bucks are 2-5 ATS in the last seven.
The line has finally been released for this game and it is the Pacers who are favored by 14.5 points at home which is a little higher than I expected. However, Caron Butler is expected to miss this game which leaves the Bucks' lineup looking seriously short on points so I'm actually taking the Pacers to win here and win big.