Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Bucks vs Pacers Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Milwaukee Bucks taking on the Indiana Pacers Thursday December 31 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions.
Milwaukee Bucks (12-21) vs. Indiana Pacers (18-13)
Date: Thursday December 31
Time:6 PM EST
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, IN
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pacers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 197
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The Pacers had their 2-game winning streak snapped in their last game, which was a tough OT loss to the Bulls in Chicago. Back at home they are a 6.6-point betting favorite facing a Bucks’ team that has lost 3 in a row.
Earlier this season in Indiana the Pacers had their most lopsided win over the Bucks winning 123-86.
In their last games the Pacers lost to the Chicago Bulls 102-100 in OT and the Bucks lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder 131-123.
This season the Pacers are 11-4 at home and the Bucks are 3-15 on the road.
The Bucks have lost 6 of their last 8 games.
Milwaukee ranks 24th in the league in scoring and 21st in opponents’ points allowed.
Khris Middleton went for a career high 36 points in the loss to the Thunder and he has been on fire as of late averaging 23.6 ppg on 57.1% shooting in his last 5 games. Milwaukee’s 2nd leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo also hasd a big game against OKC going for 27 points.
The Bucks are a balanced team with 7 players averaging in double figures and while their offense has been decent as of late their D has struggled. In their last 4 games they have given up at least 100 points and they gave up 131 points to the Thunder allowing them to shoot 50% from the floor.
The Bucks have the 2nd fewest road wins in the Eastern Conference.
Indiana has won 11 of their last 13 home games.
The Pacers are balanced ranking 9th in the league in scoring and 7th in opponents’ points per game.
The Pacers are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league (36.7%) and they face a Bucks team that has struggled to defend the long ball all season. In the easy win over Milwaukee earlier this season Indiana was 15/30 from beyond the 3-pt arc.
Paul George (24.1 ppg) leads a Pacers’ team that has 6 players averaging in double figures.
It will be key that Milwaukee hits the boards, which they have had troubles with all season only ranking 30th in the league in rebounds per game.
The Pacers have lost their last 3 games of back-to-backs being outscored by an average of 15.3 ppg.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MIL is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games.
- MIL is 4-11 ATS in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- IND is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games.
- IND is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- IND has an Under record of 8-0 in their last 8 games.
Free NBA Prediction:
The road team has won 5 of the last 7 games between these 2 teams, but that trend will not continue tonight.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Indiana ATS
The Pacers are back at home where they will win and cover facing a struggling Milwaukee team.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Indiana 110 – Milwaukee 98
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