Milwaukee Bucks (15-6) vs Indiana Pacers (11-8)
2023-12-07 17:00:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Milwaukee Bucks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 249.5
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The Indiana Pacers upset the Celtics in the quarterfinals and have split their last 10 games overall. The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Knicks in the quarterfinals and have won 5 of their last 6 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks prediction.
Indiana Pacers Betting Preview
The Indiana Pacers are coming off nice upset wins over the Heat and Celtics. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 128.4 points on 50.9 percent shooting and allowing 125.2 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Tyrese Haliburton is averaging 26.9 points and 4 rebounds, while Myles Turner is averaging 16.6 points and 7.9 rebounds. Buddy Hield is the third double-digit scorer and Bennedict Mathurin is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.5 rebounds per game.
Indiana Pacers Team Facts
- The Pacers have won four of their last five games as underdogs.
- The Pacers have failed to cover the spread in each of their last four games when playing with a rest advantage.
- Twelve of the Pacers’ last 13 games against Eastern Conference opponents have gone OVER the total points line.
Milwaukee Bucks Betting Preview
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off wins over the Hawks and Knicks. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 122.3 points on 50 percent shooting and allowing 118.3 points on 47 percent shooting. Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 30.2 points and 10.7 rebounds, while Damian Lillard is averaging 25.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Brook Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Beasley is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game.
Milwaukee Bucks Team Facts
- The Bucks have won each of their last seven games when playing with a rest disadvantage.
- The Bucks have failed to cover the spread in seven of their last eight games against Central Division opponents.
- Each of the Bucks’ last seven games as favorites against the Pacers have gone OVER the total points line.
Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks prediction
The Milwaukee Bucks look like a team that’s starting to put things together, and they should win here if they keep taking steps in the right direction. However, the Indiana Pacers are the best scoring team in the league with the best field goal percentage and the Bucks defense is 24th in points allowed. The Pacers beat the Bucks last month while scoring 126 points. The Pacers are also a young team and most of the guys have yet to cash in on big NBA contracts. This money would mean a lot to the Pacers, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence players were going nuts against the Celtics. Motivation is on the Pacers side. Give me the points with Indiana.