Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction NBA Picks 5/2/24

Indiana Pacers (50-37) vs Milwaukee Bucks (50-36)

Game Info: Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Indiana Pacers -7.5 / Milwaukee Bucks +7.5 --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers meet Thursday in Game 6 East NBA Playoffs action at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Here’s a Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Prediction.

Milwaukee Bucks Betting Preview

The Milwaukee Bucks need a win here to save their season and force a game 7 on Saturday. The Milwaukee Bucks are averaging 112.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 32.3 points and 3.7 rebounds, while Khris Middleton is averaging 26.8 points and 9.4 rebounds. Brook Lopez is the third double-digit scorer and Bobby Portis is grabbing 10.6 rebounds. The Milwaukee Bucks are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 87.4 percent from the free throw line. The Milwaukee Bucks are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game.

Indiana Pacers Betting Preview

The Indiana Pacers look for another home win to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 111.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 23 points and 9.2 rebounds, while Myles Turner is averaging 22 points and 7.6 rebounds. Tyrese Haliburton is the third double-digit scorer and Andrew Nembhard is grabbing 3 rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free-throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers Injury Report

The Pacers only injury is Bennedict Mathurin, who is out for the season with a shoulder injury and hasn’t played since March 5. Jaylin Galloway remains out for the Bucks. Chris Livingston is questionable with an illness. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard are questionable. Antetokounmpo hasn’t played since April 9, and it seems unlikely he’s going to return in this series. The fact Lillard is listed as questionable is somewhat encouraging, but it’s an Achilles, and we know how serious that can be. I’d bet on the Bucks being without their two superstars yet again.

Indiana Pacers Player Facts

  • T.J. McConnell ranks 1st amongst qualified Guards for FG% (55.6%) this season.
  • Myles Turner is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.5 threes and 1.5 blocks 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.
  • Malik Beasley ranks 7th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for 3P% (41.3%) 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

It's one thing for the Bucks to save their season at home and prevent having their season end on their court. It's another to go on the road and get the job done without their two best players. If Antetokounmpo and Lillard can't go again, it's tough to expect the Bucks to compete on the road. The Pacers crowd feeds into the energy and turns the best offense in the NBA into an avalanche. With the Bucks so shorthanded, it's going to be hard to keep up. I'd check the injury report before betting, and probably wait until tomorrow for clarification. At the time of this writing, give me the Pacers. Of course, I'm going off the thought Antetokounmpo and Lillard won't play. Give me the Pacers.

Randy’s Pick Indiana Pacers -7.5

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