The Milwaukee Bucks are going to finish either second or third in the Eastern Conference standings, while the Indiana Pacers will be competing in the East play-in tournament. It’s possible their matchup on Thursday is a playoff preview. The NBA odds for this one will be determined on if any key players are rested.
How to Bet Bucks at Pacers NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
- Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse
- TV: NBA League Pass
- Stream: NBA.com, NBA TV app
- Radio: Tunein.com
- NBA Odds: TBA
The Bucks lead 2-0 and won both easily. They last played March 22 at Milwaukee and the Bucks prevailed 140-113 playing without star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jrue Holiday had 28 points and 14 assists. Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists. The Pacers were missing Malcolm Brogdon (sore lower back) and Myles Turner (sprained left ankle).
The Pacers have lost eight of their last 10 regular season games against Milwaukee overall. The Bucks are looking to sweep the regular season series for the first time since the 2009-10 season.Why Bet on Milwaukee? | Betting Odds for NBA
The Bucks were 114-102 home winners over the Magic on Tuesday in a potential trap game to keep alive their shot of finishing as high as No. 2 in the East. Orlando’s Wendell Carter Jr. hit two free throws to pull the Magic within 92-85, but the Bucks responded with a 9-2 run on six free throws and Jrue Holiday’s 3-pointer to make it 101-87 with 5:40 remaining and the game was over.
Superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 27 points while adding 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals in 32 minutes. Since missing the last game of April with a minor ankle issue, Antetokounmpo has scored more than 20 points in five of six games in May while averaging 30.0 points, 9.2 boards, 5.3 assists, 1.3 threes, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks. If there’s a concern for the two-time MVP it’s that he’s 0-for-10 from deep in his past four games.
Still, it was Giannis’ 20th game of the season with at least 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists (2nd-most in the NBA). Antetokounmpo remains one of just two players in the league averaging 25/10/5 this season (Nikol Jokic) and is on pace to join Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average 25/10/5 in three seasons throughout their careers.
Bobby Portis had 10 points and 15 rebounds in just 21 minutes off the bench. Over his last seven games, Portis is averaging 11.3 points, 9.0 boards and 1.4 steals in 19.4 minutes.
Donte DiVincenzo has scored in double figures in each of his last five games after putting up 19 points Tuesday, which is one game away from matching his career-long double-figure scoring streak (first 6 games of this season). Over his last five games, DiVincenzo is averaging 15.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while shooting 55% from the field and 43% from three.
Including their two wins over the Pacers, the Bucks are a perfect 10-0 against Central Division opponents this season. Dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season, Milwaukee is 37-3 (.925) against its own division, which is the top record in the NBA for a team against its division.
Why Bet on Indiana? | Betting Odds for NBAThe Pacers were 103-94 home upset winners over Philadelphia on Tuesday. Indiana trailed almost the entire first three quarters before taking a 75-72 lead late in the third. When Philadelphia answered with an 8-0 run, the Pacers wouldn’t go away. They fought back to tie the score on at 92 on Domantas Sabonis’ dunk with 4:34 left, took the lead on Caris LeVert’s two free throws with 3:44 to go and never trailed again.
Indiana outscored Philadelphia 52-32 in the second half. The Sixers’ 13 points in the third quarter were the fewest in that frame by a Pacers opponent all season. The Pacers stopped Philadelphia on 11 of their final 12 possessions Tuesday, with the 76ers’ only points over that stretch coming on a pair of free throws with 55.7 seconds remaining. Philadelphia went 0-for-10 from the field with two turnovers over the final 5:05.
LeVert hit seven of his final 10 shots and finished with a team-high 24 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. Doug McDermott scored 20 points while going 4-for-10 from 3-point range, while Sabonis added another triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists. Sabonis collected his ninth triple-double of the season and his third in his past seven games.
The Pacers were without Malcolm Brogdon (right hamstring), Jeremy Lamb (left knee), Edmond Sumner (left knee) and Myles Turner (right foot). Turner won’t play here but the other guys could.
Indiana is 12-21 at home this season with three games left to play and will end the regular season with a losing record at home for the first time since the 1989-90 season (20-21). Their 31-season streak with a winning record at home was tied for the third-longest in NBA history.
Expert PredictionBucks 117, Pacers 111
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