Pacers @ Bucks: Indiana, Milwaukee clash in a battle of the Eastern Conference best
Pacers @ Bucks NBA odds, spreads and predictions
Top-seeded Milwaukee hosts the third-seeded Pacers at the Fiserv Forum on Thursday night.
The NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks dropped their second game in a row losing to one of the worst teams in the league, the Phoenix Suns, 114-105.
Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the team in points and rebounds posting a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee saw a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away.
Malcolm Brogdon knocked down three of four attempts from beyond the arc for 19 points and seven rebounds, while Eric Bledsoe added 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Khris Middleton was ice cold from the field making one of 13 attempts for six points. Ersan Ilyasova contributed a double-double off the bench scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
When is it? Thursday March 7th
What time is tip off? 8:00 p.m. ET
Where is it being played? Fiserv Forum
Which channel is it on? TNT
The Indiana Pacers have lost three of the last five games, but got back on track edging out the Chicago Bulls 105-96.
Bojan Bogdanovic was sharp shooting 9-for-15 from the field, including four made threes for a team-high 27 points.
Darren Collison was also efficient making seven-of-10 attempts from the field for 22 points, adding four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young both put together double-doubles; Turner had 11 points, 10 rebounds, and seven blocks while Young scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and added six assists.
Pacers @ Bucks Spread
Milwaukee is giving Indiana 10.5 points in this matchup.
One of the best offenses in the NBA will be clashing with the best defense when the Bucks host the Pacers.
Milwaukee ranks second in the league averaging 117.3 ppg; Indiana ranks first allowing 103.7 ppg.
The Pacers are already shorthanded offensively, and will be without Domantas Sabonis on Thursday night. The Bucks have the offensive edge and should win outright.
Take Milwaukee to cover.
Pacers @ Bucks Moneyline
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Pacers @ Bucks Over/Under
The over/under for this matchup is set at 222.5 points.
Final score prediction: Indiana Pacers 108, Milwaukee Bucks 122
Take the over in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
Milwaukee defeated Indiana both times these teams met this season, including a 106-97 win in early February.
In that matchup, the Greek Freak feasted for a triple-double totaling 33 points, 19 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Indiana has to play towards their strengths by slowing the game down and playing defense. Turner and Young will need to set the tone in the paint, and Tyreke Evans has to establish himself off the bench.
Besides Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee will need support from Middleton and Bledsoe. The two guards combined to shoot 6-for-28 from the field in the team's loss to Phoenix.