Bucks Head to Indiana as Heavy Underdogs

Milwaukee Bucks +14.5 at Indiana Pacers -14.5 Total: 184

It probably won’t be pretty tonight if you are a Milwaukee Bucks fan. Milwaukee, losers of three straight after a 94-91 loss at Orlando on Wednesday, will finish their road trip up as huge underdogs to the undefeated Indiana Pacers. Milwaukee has been racked by injuries; only eight players dressed against Orlando. They should get Forward Zaza Pachulia back, but Luke Ridnour and Gary Neal are questionable, with Brandon Knight, Caron Butler, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino already ruled out.

The Bucks are scoring 93.7 points per game so far this season, en route to a 2-5 record overall and a 4-3-0 record against the spread. Milwaukee has given up 98.9 PPG, and have an O/U record of 3-4-0 on the year. On defense, the Bucks have held their opponents to a 46% field goal percentage, 36% from three point land. They are creating 16.3 turnovers per game , and blocking 5 shots per game. Their assist to turnover ratio is 1.19. The Bucks are shooting 44% from the field so far this season, with a 42% success rate from beyond the three point line. Their overall rebound percentage is 46%; its offense rebound rate is 21% with the defense collecting 71% of their opponent’s misses. The Bucks are shooting 81% at the free throw line this year.

The Pacers dominated Memphis on Wednesday, holding the Grizzlies to 41% shooting in a well-balanced game that saw six Indiana players scoring double digits. This might be a bad spot for the Pacers, however. Indiana will face off against key division rivals Chicago Bulls at Chicago on Saturday night.

Indiana is 8-0 on the season, averaging 94.9 points per game while giving up 84.5. They are 6-2-0 against the spread, with their over/under record 1-7-0. When their opponents have the ball, the Pacers are allowing 39% shooting from the field, including 35% from the three point line. Its defensive rebounding rate off those misses is 76%, and the team is averaging 8.5 steals and 4.4 blocks per game so far this season. On offense, the Pacers are shooting 46% from the field, including 39% from deep. Their free throw percentage so far this season is 76%, and they have gotten rebounds off their own misses 25% of the time. Indiana has turned the ball over 16.9 times per game this year, and have seen their shots blocked an average of 8.8 times per game.