Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Bankers Life Fieldhouse
The Line: Indiana +3.5 -- Over/Under 218.5
The Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers do battle at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night.
The Milwaukee Bucks have been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference as they’ve won 12 of their last 14 games and they will be looking to stay hot after taking down the lowly Bulls in a 112-99 road win on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with 29 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks, Eric Bledsoe added 19 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points while Khris Middleton chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Bucks shot 47 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line as they wrestled with the Bulls in a tight first half before pulling away in the second half where they outscored the Bulls by 62-50. With the win, Milwaukee improved to 42-14 overall and 19-9 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been in great form themselves as they will be gunning for a seventh straight victory after sneaking past the Hornets in a 99-90 home win on Monday. Myles Turner led the team with 18 points, Bojan Bogdanovic added 14 points while Darren Collison chipped in with 13 points and eight assists. As a team, the Pacers shot 51 percent from the field and eight of 25 from the 3-point line as they dominated in the early going to take a 16-point lead going into halftime before the Hornets brought the fight in a closely contested second half. With the much-needed win, Indiana improved to 38-19 overall and 22-7 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Bucks are 12-3-2 ATS in their last 17 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Pacers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team above .600 and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings, the Bucks are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings in Indiana.
Nikola Mirotic has been ruled out for Wednesday with a calf injury so we will have to wait a little longer to see him with his new team, but the Bucks have been rolling without him and it’s no surprise that they are road favorites here. However, the Pacers were supposed to fall off the map when Victor Oladipo went down, but they’ve sprung to life with six straight wins. This one is tough to call as the betting trends favor the Pacers in this matchup, but I’m sticking with the red-hot Bucks to overwhelm the undermanned Pacers in this one.