Bucks vs Pacers Prediction - NBA Picks 1/3/24

Indiana Pacers (18-15) vs Milwaukee Bucks (24-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 259 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks invade the Gainbridge Fieldhouse to battle the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. Here’s a Bucks vs Pacers Prediction.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks have been in great shape as they've won nine of their last 11 games overall, but they will be looking to bounce back in this one after getting beaten by the Pacers in a 122-113 loss on Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the team with a triple-double of 30 points with 18 rebounds and 11 assists, Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez scored 21 points each while Malik Beasley chipped in with 12 points. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and 10 of 40 from the 3-point line as they got off to a strong start and looked to be in full control after building a 15-point lead, but they never put the Pacers away and got burned by 38-25 in the fourth quarter to fall short in the end. Damian Lillard had a night to forget as he scored just 13 points on three of 16 shooting from the field and one of nine from the 3-point line. The Bucks will meet the Spurs and Rockets after this one.

Milwaukee Bucks Player Facts

  • Damian Lillard ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for FT% (92.4%) this season.
  • Brook Lopez ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (3.1) this season.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers have been on a nice run as they are now gunning for a fifth straight victory after coming back against the Bucks in a solid win on Monday. Tyrese Haliburton led the team with 26 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists, Bennedict Mathurin added 25 points and 13 rebounds off the bench while Isaiah Jackson chipped in with 18 points and niine rebounds on six of nine shooting. As a team, the Pacers shot 44 percent from the field and five of 35 from the 3-point line as they struggled to find their offense and trailed for most of the contest, before they caught fire with 38 points in the fourth quarter to pull off the impressive comeback victory. Aaron Nesmith had a rough game as he shot just one of 10 from the field for his four points. The Pacers will take on the Hawks after this game.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (12.7) this season.
  • Aaron Nesmith ranks 2nd amongst qualified players for 3P% (47.1%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (126.4).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.6).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (82.4%).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (95.2).

Bucks vs Pacers Prediction

The Bucks could be a little shorthanded here with Khris Middleton listed as questionable, while the Pacers are keeping eyes on Bruce Brown and Andrew Nembhard who are both questionable. The Bucks were rolling through teams before they got stopped in their tracks by the Pacers in their last outing, but it's always tough to beat the same team twice in a row. It's tempting to take the Pacers as the underdogs, but I don't see the Bucks' Damian Lillard having another poor shooting game. This should be close, but I'm leaning towards the Bucks to get the narrow win and cover.

 

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee -2.5

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