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Bucks Our Betting Favorite vs Pacers for IST Final Spot

Our best NBA bet tonight features the Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks, who play for a spot in the In-Season Tournament Final.

The Pacers and Bucks couldn’t have been more impressive in the quarterfinals, but the Bucks are the -5½ favorites.

Bucks Our Betting Favorite vs Pacers for IST Final Spot
Bucks Our Betting Favorite vs Pacers for IST Final Spot

There’s only one spot in the final against either the Pelicans or Lakers, so it’s all on the line on Thursday night.


Pacers Riding Underdog Train

The Pacers knocked out the Boston Celtics in the quarterfinals, which was an impressive performance.

It came at home as a sports betting underdog, and beating the Bucks on the road won’t be easy, but their confidence is sky high.

Tyrese Haliburton has transformed the Pacers into an Eastern Conference contender, and bettors are riding the wave of momentum.

They are 11-8 ATS and 4-3 on the road, which is a solid enough record to entertain the line at our sportsbook.

They also won the previous meeting against the Bucks. The 126-124 victory puts them in good shape to progress, and it only requires some defense being played. That’s easier said than done for a team that has given up totals of 142 and 129 in the last three games.


Bucks Offense Is Cooking

The days of Eastern Conference being a defensive game are gone, especially after the Bucks’ 146-122 win over the New York Knicks.

Online betting markets have the over/under at 255½, which shows how little defense they play. However, it makes for an exciting and open game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo comes off a 35-point performance, and the Pacers might not have a player who can stop the Greek Freak.

Despite it being an incredible high scoring game, Damian Lillard thought they could have scored more.

We missed free throws. We missed some shots in the paint. It could have easily been a 165-point game,” Lillard said. “That doesn’t mean that we can turn into a team that does that every night, but I do think that we have that type of explosiveness.

The Bucks are 9-11-1 ATS, so it’s not a thrilling betting statistic. However, they’re easily good enough to beat a team like the Pacers by five points.


Pacers vs Bucks Game Information

  • Game:Pacers (11-8) vs Bucks (15-6)
  • Date/Time: Dec. 7, 5 p.m. ET
  • Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
  • Pacers vs Bucks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass


Pacers vs Bucks Betting Lines


Pacers vs Bucks Game Prediction

Predicted Score: Milwaukee Bucks 134, Indiana Pacers 128


Worth Betting the Moneyline?

There is good enough value in the -190 moneyline odds for the Bucks, so we’re including them to win outright.

Our expert NBA picks gives them an advantage playing at home, and it should be enough to send the Pacers packing.

NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -190


Worth Betting ATS?

We think there is better value picking the Bucks to win outright, but we’re happy to back the Bucks -5½.

It could be a close game, but with the defense being played, the margin could inflate in the final quarter.

Antetokounmpo could score over 35 points, which should be enough to see the Bucks cover.

NBA Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -5½


Worth Betting on the Totals?

The current line of 255½ could be no match for the Pacers and Bucks, who know how to score in bunches.

We predict this game going over that line.



Questions Of The Day

Which team is most likely to be a surprise in the NBA finals?

With their home advantage and one of the best players of all time, the Milwaukee Bucks are in the best position to make the final.

Which team is most likely to be a surprise in the NBA finals?

It would be more of a surprise to see the Indiana Pacers in the finals, which is possible given their current form.

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