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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers - 2/22/14

Indiana Pacers (41-13) at Milwaukee Bucks (10-43)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Indiana Pacers will be looking to regain their confidence tonight when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Pacers have lost three of their last five and are coming off a surprising 104-91 upset loss against the Timberwolves. Paul George had a big game of 35 points and 11 rebounds, but received next to no support as the Pacers were put in a constant state of panic by Kevin Love who made five threes on his way to 42 points. Indiana couldn't find a way to slow down Love once he got going, but this is also the second time in three games where they've started the game ice-cold and had to come back from a deficit. In their last game before hte All-Star break, the scored just 19 points in the first quarter against Dallas and against the Wolves they made just eight of their first 22 shots and fell behind by 12 at the end of the first quarter. 

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers - 2/22/14

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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost five of their last six and are coming off a 101-90 loss against the Nuggets. Caron Butler led six players in double figures with 17 points while Ersan Ilyasova added 14 points and 11 rebounds, but the Bucks really struggled to score points without Brandon Knight. The defense was much worse as the Bucks allowed Kenneth Faried to pour in 26 points, mostly put back dunks and fast break alley-oops. The only real bright spot for the Bucks was that OJ Mayo finally returned to the court and scored 11 points in 23 minutes off the bench.

The Pacers are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall, while the Bucks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall.

Head to head, the Pacers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Under is 4-1 in the last five meetings.

The Pacers have really come off the boil lately, but I can't imagine them letting the lowly Bucks hang around in this. Yes, they are laying a lot of points on the road but I can't make much of an argument for the Bucks at the moment.

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Indiana -11.5

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