The Indiana Pacers (31-38) face the Milwaukee Bucks (50-19) Thursday at Fiserv Forum. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook’s lines around the Pacers vs. Bucks odds, and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
The Pacers lost 117-97 to the Detroit Pistons on Monday as 4-point road favorites. Indiana is only 1 game behind the Washington Wizards for the No. 10 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 116-104 on Tuesday to cover as 1-point road favorites. Milwaukee is 2.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The Pacers and the Bucks meet for the 3rd time this season. Milwaukee won and covered the spread in each of the 1st 2 meetings, while the Over was also achieved in both meetings.
Pacers at Bucks odds
Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 8:17 a.m. ET.
- Moneyline (ML): Pacers +750 (bet $100 to win $750) | Bucks -1100 (bet $1,100 to win $100)
- Against the spread (ATS): Pacers +13.5 (-110) | Bucks -13.5 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 236.5 (O: -108 | U: -112)
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Pacers at Bucks key injuries
- G Chris Duarte (ankle) out
- G Tyrese Haliburton (ankle) questionable
- G Buddy Hield (foot) questionable
- G Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) out
- G T.J. McConnell (back) questionable
- C Myles Turner (back) questionable
- G Grayson Allen (foot) out
- F Jae Crowder (calf) probable
- C Brook Lopez (ankle) questionable
For most recent updates: Official NBA injury report.
Pacers at Bucks picks and predictions
Bucks 126, Pacers 110
The Bucks should have no trouble securing the victory at home on Thursday against a hobbled Pacers squad, but taking them straight up at the current odds (-1100) isn’t a wise idea.
Against the spread
BUCKS -13.5 (-110) is the pick in this game with the Pacers potentially being without multiple starters. Meanwhile, F Giannis Antetokounmpo, F Khris Middleton, and G Jrue Holiday are absent from the injury report for Milwaukee.
The Bucks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record, while the Pacers are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 road meetings.
LEAN OVER 236.5 (-108).
Even with the Pacers potentially missing a couple of starters, there should be plenty of points scored in this contest. Indiana is 7-1 to the Over in its last 8 games against a team with a winning record, and Milwaukee is 8-2 to the Over in its last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
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