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Pacers vs Bucks Picks: Bet Indy to Win Series

Fans may be surprised to learn that the Las Vegas NBA odds have the No. 6 Indiana Pacers and No. 3 Milwaukee Bucks as nearly a coin-flip series. Taking the Pacers to win the series offers ever so slightly more of a return at -105 compared to riding with the Bucks at -115.

The main reason for this is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s injury which makes his status cloudy. Milwaukee will be without its superstar for at least the beginning of the series with a chance that Antetokounmpo will be unable to suit up at all versus Indiana.

Pacers vs Bucks Picks: Bet Indy to Win Series
Pacers vs Bucks Picks: Bet Indy to Win Series

That said, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s latest update should give Bucks backers some optimism that the former NBA MVP will be able to suit up by the end of the series.

“ESPN Sources: The Milwaukee Bucks are preparing to be without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for the start of their opening round series against the Indiana Pacers, but are hopeful treatment on his left calf strain will allow him to return sometime later in the series.”


Let’s take a look at what to consider when heading to the BetUs sportsbook for your pick in the Pacers-Bucks series.



Pacers vs Bucks: Expect Bettors to Ride With the Over

Injuries aside, part of the reason there is optimism about the Pacers’ chances is that the team displayed success against the Bucks during the regular season. Thanks to the NBA In-Season Tournament, these two teams may be more familiar than any other matchup.


Indiana and Milwaukee squared off a whopping five times in the regular season, one more than is typically allowed as a result of the In-Season Tournament semifinal matchup. The Pacers won four of these five games.

A few takeaways from this series to consider. These two teams both posted 119 or more points in four of these five contests. ‘

Safe to say there is going to be a lot of scoring in this series. The winning team always topped 120 points on their way to victory. Pacers star Tyrese Haliburton dropped 31 points and 12 assists in Indy’s 12-point win the last time these two teams squared off on Jan. 3.


Pacers vs Bucks Series Pick: Smart Money on Indiana

Consider this: If you are riding with the Bucks when you bet online, there is a need to ignore nearly all the data aside from the seed number. Not only did Indiana own the season series, but the team enters the playoffs in much better form than Milwaukee. Not to mention the Pacers have a healthier roster.

The Pacers are 7-3 in their last 10 games while the Bucks are just 3-7 during this same stretch. With Antetokounmpo sidelined for at least a portion of this series, there is a good chance Indiana jumps out to a series lead.

There are just too many factors to overcome to put money on the Bucks to win this series. Smart money is on the Pacers pulling the upset and winning the series in the NBA basketball odds.

My official NBA pick for the Pacers-Bucks series: Indiana in six games.


NBA Series Pick: Pacers 4-2


Questions of the Day

Which team is favored in the Pacers-Bucks series?

The Bucks (-115) are the slight favorite to win the series.

Will Giannis Antetokounmpo play in the series?

It’s unclear. He is expected to be sidelined at the beginning of the series.

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