Indiana Pacers vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 12/31/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Milwaukee Bucks (12-21) at Indiana Pacers (18-12)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 200 See the Latest Odds
The Indiana Pacers play host to the Milwaukee Bucks at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on New Year's Eve.
After three straight losses, the Pacers bounced back with two straight wins and had their eyes on a third before losing at Chicago in overtime last night. George Hill led the scoring with 20 points, Paul George added 19 but Monta Ellis struggled and finished with just 13 points on four of 19 shooting as the Pacers lost to the Bulls by 102-100 in overtime on an alley-oop play to Jimmy Butler with just 1.2 seconds left in the game. With the loss, Indiana drops to 18-13 on the season and 7-9 on the road where they've lost six of their last seven.
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Meanwhile, the Bucks have lost eight of their last 11 overall and are in danger of losing a fourth straight after losing to the Thunder by 131-123 on Tuesday. Khris Middleton led the scoring with 36 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 27 points while Michael Carter-Williams had 19 but it still wasn't enough as the Bucks just couldn't defend without fouling, sending the Thunder to the free throw line with regularity where they connected on 37 of 40 attempts. With the loss, Milwaukee drops to 12-21 on the season and 3-15 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Bucks are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games against a team with a home record above .600 and 4-8 ATS in their last 12 road games overall, while the Pacers are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games playing on zero days rest.
The Pacers will be facing a tough task of guarding this young Bucks team on zero days rest, but the Bucks have been a terrible road team all season so I'm sticking with Indiana to bounce back and win at home.