Check out our free Pacers vs Bucks pick and preview for this NBA game in Milwaukee. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Pacers vs Bucks NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks
- Where: Milwaukee at Fiserv Forum
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds MIL -11, IND +427 | MIL -587 O/U 227.0
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 23-21, while going 26-17-1 vs the spread. Over the Pacers current 3 game losing streak, they have an average scoring differential of -8.67 points per game.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 130-112 loss to the Grizzlies. Going into this game, the team was 8 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana struggled throughout the game, as they were not able to chip away at a 16 point halftime deficit. In the loss, Chris Duarte led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 46.7%.
So far, the Bucks have put together an overall record of 27-16, while going 22-18-3 vs the spread. The Bucks head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -11.0.
Milwaukee is trying to bounce back from a 111-95 loss to the Heat. Going into this game, the team was 4 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. The game got home from Milwaukee in the 2nd half, as the Heat extended their 8 point halftime lead to grab a 16 point win. In the loss, Bobby Portis led the team in scoring with 15 points on a field goal percentage of 40.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
Last season, the Bucks not only won their season series against the Pacers (4-0), but they also took care of business at home, going 2-0 at the Fiserv Forum. Similar to their season-long average, the Pacers averaged 106.75 points per game vs the Bucks. Just like the Pacers, the Bucks maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 119.75 points per game vs Indiana. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Bucks have an average scoring margin of +12 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 3-2. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 3-2. Combined, they averaged 236 points in these games.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Pacers offense is rated 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.4 points per contest. The Pacers come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.1 made 3’s per game. If the Indiana offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.
Defensively, Indiana has had its problems giving up an average of 114.94 points per game (26th).
Indiana will be relying on Buddy Hield to provide a strong scoring performance in today’s game against the Milwaukee. Tyrese Haliburton has been ruled out. So far this season, Haliburton has been the team’s leading scorer with an average of 20.2 points per game. Hield is 2nd on the team with 18.0 points per game, which places him 68.0th in the NBA. In 44 games, he has hit 45.1% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 4.9 rebounds per game.
For the season, the Bucks offensive unit is ranked just 24th in scoring at 111.8 points per contest. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Bucks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.5 per contest. Right now, the Bucks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 23rd in effective field goal percentage.
On defense, the Bucks will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 19th ranked unit in points allowed per game.
On offense, Giannis Antetokounmpo leads the Bucks in scoring at 31.0 points per game, placing him 3rd in the NBA. Overall, Antetokounmpo has hit 52.4% of his shots while accounting for 23.2% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 15th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 14.4 points per game, Brook Lopez is the 2nd leading scorer for the Bucks. For the season, he is 109th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 49.9%.
Pacers vs Bucks Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +11
- Free Total Prediction: Under 227.0