Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction NBA Picks 4/26/24

Indiana Pacers (48-37) vs Milwaukee Bucks (50-34)

Game Info: Friday, April 26, 2024 at 5:30 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -5.5 --- Over/Under: 224.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers collide in a pivotal Game 3 NBA playoffs at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Friday night. Here’s a Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers prediction.

Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks held all the momentum after taking the series opener, but they are now hoping to bounce back after getting thrashed by the Pacers in a 125-108 loss in Game 2 on Tuesday. Damian Lillard led the team with 34 points and five assists on 10 of 21 shooting, Brook Lopez drained six 3-pointers to finish with 22 points while Khris Middleton chipped in with 15 points and six assists. As a team, the Bucks shot 44 percent from the field and 13 of 32 from the 3-point line as they struggled to contain the Pacers from the start and got outscored in every quarter to suffer the demoralizing loss at home. The Bucks just got nothing from their bench as no reserve player scored more than five points.

Indiana Pacers

Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers will be brimming with confidence after stealing home-court advantage with a dominant road win in Game 2 on Tuesday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 37 points, 11 rebounds and six assists on 16 of 23 shooting, Myles Turner added 22 points with seven rebounds and six assists, Andrew Nembhard added 20 points on eight of 11 shooting while Tyrese Haliburton chipped in with 12 points and 12 assists. As a team, the Pacers shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 16 of 36 from the 3-point line but probably the more important stat is that the Pacers finished with 52 points in the paint while committing just six turnovers for the entire game.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • Tyrese Haliburton ranks 1st amongst qualified players for assists per game (10.9) this season.
  • T.J. McConnell ranks 1st amongst qualified Guards for FG% (55.6%) this season.

Milwaukee Bucks Player Facts

  • Brook Lopez ranks 1st in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for Blocks Per Game (2.4) this season.
  • Damian Lillard ranks 4th amongst qualified players for FT% (92.0%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for points per game this season (123.3).
  • The Pacers rank 1st in the league for assists per game this season (30.8).
  • The Bucks rank 30th in the league for Q4 opponent points per game this season (29.4).
  • The Bucks rank T29th in the league for opponent turnovers per game this season (12.0).

Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers prediction

The Bucks are still shorthanded with Giannis Antetokounmpo still ruled out, while the Pacers are still without Bennedict Mathurin. The Bucks played well to take Game 1, but they didn't match the intensity of the Pacers on Tuesday and were always playing from behind from the second quarter onwards. It's tempting to go with the Pacers to make it two in a row, but you just get the feeling that this is going to be a real rollercoaster of a series. I am actually leaning towards the Bucks to at least keep this one close till the end.

Peter’s Pick Milwaukee +5.5

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