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Buck the Odds: Pacers to Win Game 2 in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks look to keep things going in their first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers when the two teams square off for Game 2 on Tuesday night. The Bucks showed that they shouldn’t be taken lightly even with superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo sidelined with an injury, taking Game 1 easily 109-94 on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo is not expected to be ready to go for Tuesday’s contest either, as he’s dealing with a strained left calf that has kept him sidelined since March 9. Despite that, third-seeded Milwaukee is still considered the favorite to win this series in the NBA playoff odds.

Buck the Odds: Pacers to Win Game 2 in Milwaukee
Buck the Odds: Pacers to Win Game 2 in Milwaukee

Indiana needs to bounce back with a better effort in Game 2 as it doesn’t want to go down 0-2 heading back home for a pair of games. The sixth-seeded Pacers are in the postseason for the first time since 2020. They are looking for their first victory in a playoff game since 2018, having been swept out of the playoffs in their last two appearances.

Here’s a look at some NBA Odds and NBA Game Odds to consider!

Pacers vs Bucks Game 2 Information

  • Game: Pacers (0-1) vs Bucks (1-0)
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, April 23, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
  • Pacers vs Bucks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass

 

The Pacers had success against the Bucks in the regular season, taking four of the five matchups, including a victory in the In-Season Tournament. But the postseason is a different story – Milwaukee has tons of playoff experience while much of the Pacers’ lineup is experiencing its first postseason.

The NBA lines for Game 2 are favoring the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in the series, with Milwaukee listed at -120 on the moneyline. Indiana is even odds to get the straight-up win.

The 1½-point spread shows how close this one should be, with Milwaukee getting the edge there as well. The over/under is set at 222½ points.

 

 

Pacers vs Bucks Head-to-Head

 

Pacers vs Bucks Odds and Spreads

 

  • The total has gone over in five of Indiana’s last six games.
  • Milwaukee is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games.
  • The Pacers are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a Central Division opponent.
  • The total has gone under in 12 of the Bucks’ last 18 games against an Eastern Conference opponent.
  • Milwaukee is 20-23 ATS when playing at home this season.

 

Dame Time Returns For Bucks

For 11 seasons, Damian Lillard was the man in Portland, taking the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in eight of those campaigns and forging a legendary reputation as a clutch postseason performer. Dame Time was supposedly over, but Game 1 showed that the 33-year-old is still one of the most dangerous men with the ball come playoff time.


With Antetokounmpo out, Lillard took it upon himself to set the tone for the series, scoring 35 points in the first half to power Milwaukee to the series-opening victory.

“I don’t think that it’s all on me, but I know that I’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive and I’ve got to step forward a little bit more assertively,” Lillard said after the Game 1 victory. “In the playoffs, it’s about setting a tone.

We’re going to see this team a lot of times, and you want to establish yourself, especially on your home floor. That was just my mentality, to come out and try to set the tone.”

Lillard didn’t score in the second half, but he didn’t need to as Milwaukee stayed out in front with a balanced attack, letting the Pacers know they won’t be a pushover just because the Greek Freak isn’t on the floor.

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Pacers Need More From Haliburton

Indiana came into the playoffs as a team with the most potent offense in the league, averaging an NBA-best 123.3 points per game. The Pacers went for 157 points in their regular-season finale, but managed just 94 points in their playoff opener.

A big part of that was the lack of scoring from All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton, who finished with just nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 1-of-3 from 3-point range. That’s a far cry from his regular-season numbers of 20.1 points and nearly eight 3-point attempts per game. If the Pacers are going to win this series, they have to get more from the 24-year-old.

“It’s easy to just say we missed shots and now we’re nervous or whatever,” Haliburton said after the loss. “Whatever you all are going to run with, it doesn’t matter. I just feel like we missed shots, at the end of the day. The ball wasn’t hopping. And they made shots in the first half and that kind of dug us a hole.”

Haliburton did dish out eight assists and grab seven rebounds, but the Pacers are at their best when Haliburton is aggressive in looking for his own offense, something he must do starting in Game 2.

 

Pacers Even It Up In Game 2

Milwaukee was able to take the series edge with the Game 1 victory, but can Lillard come back with another strong scoring effort? Milwaukee is going to have to be ready for the Pacers to be even more aggressive in pushing the ball in Game 2.

Indiana forward Pascal Siakam was effective in Game 1, scoring a team-high 36 points and 13 rebounds. He’ll continue to be a factor, but the Pacers have shaken off the first-game jitters and will be much better from the perimeter in Game 2.

If you’re making some bets at the BetUS sportsbook on this game, take the over and the Pacers to come out on top. Indiana is going to put much more pressure on the Bucks’ defense, which has been lacking this season and won’t be able to keep up.

 

 

Questions Of The Day

Which team won the season series between the Pacers and Bucks?


The Pacers won four of the five meetings between these teams this season, including a victory in the In-Season Tournament.

When was the last time the Pacers and Bucks played in the postseason?


The last postseason meeting between the Pacers and Bucks came in 2000, with Indiana earning a victory in the first round.

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