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Indiana Pacers at Milwaukee Bucks Game 1 odds, picks and predictions

The Milwaukee Bucks host of the Indiana Pacers at the Fiserv Forum to kick off their best-of-7 series on Sunday. The tip is set at 7:00 PM ET (TNT). Let’s wrap the lines of FanDuel Sportsbook around the Pacers vs. Bucks chances and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.

Regular season series: Pacers won 4-1

The Bucks limped to the finish line, losing six of their final eight games to end the regular season, but still managed to finish as number three in the East. They have gone 2-6 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games, with only home wins. It finished the regular season with a record of 49-33 and 35-46-1 ATS. The Bucks are led by F Giannis Antetokounmpowho struggled with injuries yet finished the regular season with an average of 30.4 points per game – 2nd in the league behind Dallas G Luka Doncic (33.9 PPG).

The Pacers were on a mission to finish the season by winning 4 of their last 5 and scoring 140 or more in 2 of their last 3. After 82 games, Indiana finished 47-35 straight and 44-35 -3 ATS. It included 5 of the last 8 games, but only 1 of the last 4 on the road. The Pacers are led by G Tyrese Haliburtonwho is averaging 20.1 points and an NBA-best 10.9 assists per game.

Pacers vs Bucks odds

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  • Moneyline (ML): Pacers -120 (bet $120 to win $100) | Bucks +102 (bet $100 to win $102)
  • Against the spread: Pacers -1.5 (-110) | Bucks +1.5 (-110)
  • Top/Bottom (O/U): 231.5 (E: -112 | U: -108)

Pacers at Buck’s top injuries

Pacers

  • G Benedict Mathurin (shoulder) outward

Bucks

  • F Giannis Antetokounmpo (calf) doubtful

For the latest updates: Official NBA Injury Report.

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Pacers at Bucks picks and predictions

Prediction

Pacers 124, Bucks 116

Moneyline

BET PACERS (-120).

The Bucks will receive G Damian Lillard on the court, but they will likely be without two-time MVP Antetokounmpo, who is listed as doubtful due to a calf injury. His absence will be hugely important and gives the size advantage to the Pacers with the long F Pascal Siakam.

The Bucks are 4-5 this season without Antetokounmpo on the court, and they are 1-4 ATS on the season against Indiana. The Pacers have a size advantage and have 3 players averaging over 16 points to play, while the Bucks only have 1.

Given the seasonal trends and the skill advantage that Indiana is siding with, back PACERS (-120).

Against the spread

PASSAGE.

The Pacers spread isn’t necessarily a bad game, but the Bucks are at home and have players who can step up. Taking some juice and playing the moneyline is preferable.

Top/Bottom

LEAN OVER 231.5 (-112).

The Pacers play at an ultra-face pace and are on fire offensively entering the playoffs. They rank second in the NBA in pace. Indiana has Passed in five straight games, scoring at least 117 points in all five and allowing at least 112 points in all five.

The Bucks can make do without Antetokounmpo, but Lillard should be able to carry the scoring load. Back MORE THAN 231.5 (-112).

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