The team that currently sits alone on top of the whole NBA after winning the Lakers a few days ago, the Milwaukee Bucks (26-4), who have been scorching-hot having lost only once in their last 21 games, are hosting another streaky Eastern Conference team, the Indiana Pacers (20-9), who have won their last five games and are looking to extend their winning streak today.
Date/Time: 12-22-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Milwaukee Bucks -7.5
Milwaukee Bucks have a 26-4 record (17-13 against the spread) and are sitting in the first place of the league. They have won 20 of their last 21 games and in their last game they won on the road against the Knicks with a 123-102 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 31.4 ppg, adding 5.5 assists and a team-high 12.7 rebounds per game. He is followed by Kris Middleton with 18.2 ppg, 3.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
Indiana Pacers have a 20-9 record (17-11-1 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 5th place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Kings with a 119-105 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Malcolm Brogdon with 18.7 ppg, adding 4.6 rebounds and a team-high 7.5 assists per game. He is followed by Domantas Sabonis with 17.9 ppg and a team-high 13.2 rebounds per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Bucks won on the road with an 83-102 score. The Bucks are 14-2 at home, while the Pacers are 7-6 on the road. The Bucks are better offensively, scoring a league-best of 120.7 ppg to the Pacers’ 109.4, while the Pacers are better defensively, allowing 104.2 ppg to the Bucks’ 107.7. The Bucks also lead the league both in field goal percentage (48.4% to 47.1%) and in rebounding (51 to 44.3), while the Pacers have a better 3-point percentage (36.6% to 36.2%). The Pacers are also better in turnovers committed (13.6 to 14.8), while the Bucks are better in dimes made (25.8 to 25.1). The bookmakers give the Bucks a -7.5 spread and expect them to continue their wild ride and beat the odds for another win.
Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction: Milwaukee Bucks -7.5 (-112)