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he Milwaukee Bucks (50-19) became the first team in the NBA to clinch a playoff spot when they beat Phoenix on Tuesday night. They will try to take one step closer to clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference when they host the Indiana Pacers (31-38) on Thursday. Indiana had its two-game winning streak snapped in a loss at Detroit on Monday.
Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. ET from Fiserv Forum. Milwaukee is favored by 13.5 points in the latest Pacers vs. Bucks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under is set at 238. Before entering any Bucks vs. Pacers picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Pacers vs. Bucks. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Pacers vs. Bucks:
Pacers vs. Bucks spread: Bucks -13.5
Pacers vs. Bucks over/under: 238 points
Pacers vs. Bucks money line: Milwaukee -1100, Indiana +700
Pacers vs. Bucks picks: See picks here
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers
Why the Bucks can cover
Milwaukee has won five of its last six games, clinching the first playoff spot in the league with its 116-104 win at Phoenix on Tuesday. Giannis Antetokounmpo nearly had a triple-double, finishing with 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. Veteran big man Brook Lopez posted a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Jrue Holiday had 12 points and five assists.
Indiana is coming off a disastrous performance, losing to bottom feeder Detroit by 20 points on Monday night, adding another blow to its playoff chances. The Pacers were without multiple key players, including Tyrese Haliburton (knee), Bennedict Mathurin (ankle) and Myles Turner (back). Mathurin, who averages 16.6 points per game, is going to remain sidelined on Thursday night, while Haliburton and Turner are both questionable, as is Buddy Hield (foot).
Why the Pacers can cover
Milwaukee is one game removed from clinching a playoff spot and has a 2.5-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference standings, so this could be a letdown spot for the Bucks. They are also coming off a three-game road trip and have only had one day off, while Indiana has been off since Monday. The Pacers are one game back of Washington for the final spot in the play-in tournament, making this a critical game on the schedule.
The Pacers could get multiple key players back on Thursday night, which would be a massive boost after playing shorthanded on Monday. Milwaukee is dealing with some injuries of its own, with Lopez (ankle) questionable and Grayson Allen (foot) out. Indiana has covered the spread in seven of its last 10 games, including six of its last seven against Eastern Conference teams.
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The game went back-and-forth from there, as the first 4 1/2 minutes of the fourth quarter featured five lead changes. Jordan Nwora’s 3-pointer with 7:40 left put the Bucks ahead for good at 108-107. Indiana led most of the way thanks to the fast start by McConnell, who entered the day scoring just 6 points per game. During his 25-point first half, McConnell shot 9 of 9 from the floor, including 4 of 4 from 3-point range, and 3 of 3 from the free-throw line while playing 17 minutes. McConnell was asked after the game the last time he had been in such a zone. “Probably high school, ” McConnell replied.
He's just unbelievably good. ” Holiday shot 13 of 19 overall and 5 of 8 from 3-point range. The Bucks went 23 of 46 from beyond the arc and had their most 3-pointers this season. Milwaukee's Bobby Portis said after the game that Holiday deserves to play in the All-Star Game. Holiday's lone All-Star appearance came in 2013 with the Philadelphia 76ers.
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“I think that we slowed them down just enough, " Holiday said. “They were running that first half, boy. It was like how Golden State tries to do, how Houston used to do. They ran fast. They run fast, they shoot 3s. They were pretty much getting things in the paint and getting 3s at the same time. ” Neither team was at full strength. The Bucks played without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for a third straight game due to left knee soreness. Indiana was missing leading scorer and NBA assists leader Tyrese Haliburton for a third straight game due to a left elbow sprain and a mild left knee bone bruise.
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“Just taking the game over and taking it into his own hands, that's what stars do, ” said Portis, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds. “They show up on a nightly basis. And I think he shows up every night for us. ” After falling behind by as many as 13, the Bucks pulled ahead 101-100 on Grayson Allen’s 3-pointer with 10:04 left in the game, the first time the Pacers had trailed since the opening quarter. Indiana responded with consecutive baskets from Andrew Nembhard and Jalen Smith.
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