Milwaukee Expected to Roll
The Milwaukee Bucks are in a good position for the NBA playoffs odds, but the same can’t be said for the Indiana Pacers.
NBA lines have the Bucks at -11½ to beat the Pacers on Wednesday, which is fair given their respective form.
The Pacers have lost four of their last five, so there is some trepidation with the sportsbook.
Bucks Gunning for Series Win
The Bucks have a 2-1 advantage over the Pacers, and they will be looking to wrap up the regular season series.
They rebounded from a 129-106 loss to the Denver Nuggets with a 126-117 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, but they have covered the sports betting spread just twice in their last six games.
Bettors shouldn’t be too concerned, as the Bucks are 31-32-2 against the spread (ATS) overall, so they have been a profitable wager. However, when they are favored between 10-12 points, they are just 3-6 ATS, so there is concern about covering the big numbers.
They are 24-14 on the road, and seeing Khris Middleton drop 32 points against the Pistons is ideal. He is crucial to their success, as reported by NBA news.
“With Giannis out, I knew I had to be aggressive,” said Middleton, who added eight rebounds and five assists. “I had to get to my spots and when I got there, I’ve either got to shoot or find the open man.”
The Bucks are 20-16-2 ATS on the road, so they should be respected, especially against a struggling Pacers outfit.
Pacers Needing Boost
Being out of the playoff hunt has had a negative effect on the Pacers. They are 33-43 and would need a minor miracle to make the postseason.
Losing their last three games hasn’t helped their cause, especially losing 127-104 to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday.
Despite their struggles, they are still 39-37 ATS, so it’s not all doom and gloom. Plus, getting +11½ points at home is a rare situation.
They are 2-3 ATS when getting between 10-12 points, so Las Vegas NBA odds have the number right on the mark.
There is some concern about the health of Buddy Hield and Tyrese Haliburton. With those players out, it makes it tough to bet on the Pacers, regardless of how many points they’re getting. However, Hield has been taken off the injured list, so he could be on the court.
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Bucks vs Pacers Head-to-Head
The Bucks have a 7-3 ATS advantage over the last 10 games, but the Pacers won and covered in the most recent meeting.
On March 16, they won 139-123 on the road as a +12 underdog, a similar situation to Wednesday.
Bucks vs Pacers Game Information
- Game: Bucks (54-21) vs Pacers (33-43)
- Day/Time: Wednesday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Location: Bainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
- Bucks vs Pacers Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Bucks vs Pacers Betting Lines
Bucks vs Pacers Picks and Prediction
Our NBA picks have the Bucks wreaking havoc on the Pacers. The -11½ line is tough to cover, but the Bucks are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the NBA.
The Pacers will do well to stay in contention, so we expect the Bucks to score a comfortable road win.
Include the over in your selections. It could be a high-scoring contest driven by a big Bucks score.
Milwaukee is listed at -700 in our Vegas NBA lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Bucks, there’s a chance to win $14. Indiana is +490, offering a chance to win $490 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Milwaukee an 87.50% chance to win, with the Pacers at 16.95%.
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Pacers vs Bucks Previous Game (Mar 16, 2023)
The Milwaukee Bucks, who became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff spot, take on the Indiana Pacers on Thursday. The Pacers have a lot to play for here and trail the No. 10-seeded Washington Wizards by one game in the Eastern Conference playoff race. But the oddsmakers aren’t giving them much of a chance, with the NBA lines listing the Bucks as heavy -13½ point favorites to blow out the Pacers at home.
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