The Pacers (12-9) snapped their two-game losing streak on Tuesday night as they defeated Memphis Grizzlies 134-116. Indiana also snapped the Grizzlies’ last seven-game winning streak. The Pacers have won three of their last five games, all by double-digits.
Against the Grizzlies, Indiana got a dominating performance from their starting front court. Domantas Sabonis had a double-double consisting of a game-high 32 points (13-15 FG, 2-2 3pt) and 13 rebounds. Myles Turner also added a double-double himself with 22 points (9-13 FG, 3-6 3pt) and 11 rebounds. The Pacers had six players in double figures, including all five starters. As a team, Indiana shot 59.8 percent from the field and 55.2 percent from three-point range.
The Bucks (12-8) just snapped their own two-game losing streak this week. On Monday night, Milwaukee defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 134-106. In that game, the Bucks got complete performances from both the starters and their bench. Jrue Holiday led the way with 22 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
Giannis Antetokounmpo was the Bucks’ third-leading scorer with 18 points, six assists, and four rebounds. Meanwhile, off the bench, Bobby Portis had 21 points on an efficient 9-of-13 from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. The Bucks shot 55.2 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range.
What can we expect from these two central division teams on Wednesday night? And will the Pacers be able to take over first place? To answer those questions and more, here is our pick against the spread and a player prop you need to consider betting on. Odds come via DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pick ATS: Pacers +8
The line for Wednesday night’s contest is current set at eight points, with the Bucks favored at home. In their last nine games against the spread, Milwaukee has a record of 3-6. The Bucks’ last ATS win happened on Monday night against Portland (-10), where they won by 18 points. But their two recent losses came against the Charlotte Hornets and New Orleans Pelicans, where they were favored by nine and seven points.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Pacers also have a record of 3-6 against the spread in their last nine games. The last time Indiana was an underdog, they lost 129-96 to the Los Angeles Clippers (+8) on Jan. 17. These two teams almost mirror each other in play style as they will shoot a ton of three-pointers and averaging close or at 120 points per game. This season, the Pacers are 5-3 on the road ATS, while the Bucks are 6-4 ATS at Fiserv Forum. If Indiana can dominate the glass, which has been one of the reasons for their success and don’t allow the Bucks to get open looks from behind the arc, I like the Pacers to cover.
Player Prop: TBD Pacers player props are not posted yet.
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