Indiana Pacers (1-0) at Milwaukee Bucks (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Fiserv Forum)
The Line: Milwaukee Bucks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 216 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Milwaukee Bucks play host to the Indiana Pacers at the Fiserv Forum on Friday night.
The Indiana Pacers will be looking to make it two wins in a row after blowing past the Grizzlies in a 111-83 home win on Wednesday. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team with 19 points on seven of nine shooting, Victor Oladipo added 16 points with five assists while Tyreke Evans and Domantas Sabonis each chipped in with 14 points off the bench. As a team, the Pacers shot a healthy 56 percent from the field while holding a 57-28 rebounding advantage as they cruised to victory after leading by 41-17 in the second quarter. The Pacers never looked threatened as the Grizzlies couldn’t get closer than 14 points in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks really had to scrap for their 113-112 win over the Hornets on Wednesday as they stormed out of the gates to lead by as many as 20 points before the Hornets rallied to take the lead with 36.3 seconds left in the fourth. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists, Khris Middleton added 19 points with nine rebounds and four assists while Eric Bledsoe chimed in with 17 points. As a team, the Bucks shot 49 percent from the field and 14 of 34 from the three-point line but they were a little exposed after the Hornets went to their small-ball lineup which gave them fits. In the end, the Bucks will be delighted that they were able to come away with the narrow win on the back of a couple free-throws from Antokounmpo but they could’ve easily lost as the Hornets actually had two open looks to steal the game late.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pacers are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games, 19-7 ATS in their last 26 against the Eastern Conferece and 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games against a team with a winning record. The Bucks are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on one days rest.
Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings and the Pacers are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
The Bucks will be feeling relieved after escaping with the narrow win after blowing a 20-point lead on Wednesday, but now they’re up against a Pacers team who beat them in three of four meetings last season. The Pacers have won the last three meetings against the Bucks and they’ve covered in four of the last five meetings overall, so I'm taking the Pacers with the points in what should be a close one.