The Bucks and Pacers are set to face off at 7:00 ET on BSIN. The Pacers will host the game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. The Bucks come into this Central division matchup as the favorite to pick up the win. Currently, the over/under for the game is at 257.5 points.


The Pick: Milwaukee Bucks -3.5

This game will be played at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 119-115 in favor of the Bucks.
  • Our projections have Giannis Antetokounmpo finishing with Giannis Antetokounmpo points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Bucks finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.5% and knocking down 15 threes.

Can Milwaukee Secure a Road Victory?

As the Bucks get ready to take on the Pacers, they are favored by 3.5-points and sit in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference. Against other teams in the East, Milwaukee has gone 20-9 compared to 4-0 in non-conference games.

On the road, the Bucks have been the better team this season, both straight up and against the spread. Milwaukee's road record is 8-6, and they have an average scoring margin of +4.8 points per game. Coming into today's game, they have two straight road wins.

So far, the Bucks have been the favorite in 32 of their 33 games, putting together a record of 24-8. Their ATS record as the favorite is below .500 at 14-18.

This season, 18 of their games have finished with fewer than today's over/under line of 257.5 points. For the season, their games have averaged 243.6 points per contest. Their over/under record in previous games with higher lines than 257.5 is 1-1.

In their most recent game, the Bucks put up 113 points against the Pacers. Overall, the Bucks shot 44.1% from the field and made 10 three-pointers. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way for the Bucks with 30 points while Khris Middleton added 21 points.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Bucks is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 119.0 points per game (24th). When it comes to forced turnovers, the Bucks are forcing 13 per game, which is 15th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 10th in blocked shots at 5.6 per game.

Do the Pacers Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?

Heading into today's matchup vs. the Bucks, the Pacers are 3.5-point underdogs at home. If they are able to cover as the underdog, they will also snap the Bucks' four-game winning streak.

Indy is currently 6th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Central Division with an overall record of 18-14. Against other teams in the East, the Pacers have gone 15-10 compared to 3-4 in non-conference games.

So far this season, the Pacers have been the underdog in 16 of their 32 games and have a record of 9-7 in those games. Indy's average scoring differential as the underdog is -4.6 points per game, and they have gone 2 straight games vs. the spread as the underdog.

Their over/under record coming in is 22-10, and the over has been the right play in two of their three games with higher over/under lines than today's line of 257.5. For the season, their games have averaged 250.9 points per contest.

In their most recent game, the Pacers put up 122 points on offense when they faced the Bucks. They shot 44.3% from the field and hit 5 three-pointers. Leading the way in scoring for the Pacers vs. the Bucks was Tyrese Haliburton with 26 points. Bennedict Mathurin also added 25 points.

On defense, the Pacers are ranked 29th in the NBA this season. So far, they have given up more points than the NBA scoring average in 71.9% of their games. Inside the arc, the Pacers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.8% and 38.0% from three-point territory.