Check out our free Bucks vs Pacers pick and preview for this NBA game in Indianapolis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Bucks vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Milwaukee Bucks at Indiana Pacers
- Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
- Date: Friday, January 27th
- Betting Odds IND +8, MIL -336 | IND +263 O/U 237.5
The Bucks come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 31-17. So far, the team has gone 25-20-3 against the spread. Milwaukee will be going for their 3 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 2 straight wins.
The Bucks are coming off a 107-99 win over the Nuggets. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 12 point favorites. In the game, Milwaukee was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Nuggets by 5 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Giannis Antetokounmpo, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 60.0% of his shots.
The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 24-26. So far, the team has gone 27-22-1 against the spread. In their previous 3 games, the Pacers are averaging 114 points per game while allowing 116. This has led to a record of 1-2.
Not only did the Pacers drop their last game to the Magic. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 126-120 as 5 point underdogs. Indiana was not able to make a comeback in this matchup, as they went into the half down by 5. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 38.9% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Bucks averaged 119.75 points per game vs the Pacers. Similar to the Bucks, the Pacers scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Milwaukee, the team averaged 106.75 points per game. In terms of betting, Milwaukee has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Indiana. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +13 points per game in favor of the Bucks. In these contests, they averaged a combined 231 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Through 48 games, Milwaukee is averaging 113.1 points per game (18th). The Bucks come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.2 made 3’s per game. If the Bucks offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 99.8 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Defensively, Milwaukee has had its problems giving up an average of 112.13 points per game (19th).
Power-Foward Giannis Antetokounmpo currently leads the Bucks at 31.0 points per game. For the season, he is 3rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.9% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Antetokounmpo is averaging 12.0 boards and 5.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 14th ranked defense at defending power-fowards. Jrue Holiday enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 37 games, he is averaging 19.5 and is 64th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 115.1 points per contest. This figure places them 12th in the league. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.9 made 3’s per game. In addition to their strong outside shooting numbers, the team is playing at one of the fastest paces in the NBA, averaging 100.8 possessions per contest.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Bennedict Mathurin leads the Pacers in scoring at 17.6 points per game, placing him 68th in the NBA. Overall, Mathurin has hit 42.4% of his shots while accounting for 14.4% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 3rd in points allowed to shooting guards. At 17.6 points per game, Buddy Hield is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pacers. For the season, he is 138th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 44.8%.
Bucks vs Pacers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Bucks -8.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 237.5