Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 2/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+8.5)
The Milwaukee Bucks (12-8) play the Indiana Pacers (11-9) at Fiserv Forum on Wednesday. Milwaukee opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 232.
The Indiana Pacers took the court against the Philadelphia 76ers and went home with a loss by a final score of 119-110 in their last contest. Indiana wrapped up the game having earned a 48.8% field goal percentage (41 of 84) and buried 10 out of their 28 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Pacers made 18 of their 22 tries for a percentage of 81.8%. Concerning rebounding, they collected 41 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 21 assists for this contest as well as earning 6 steals and 7 blocks. In regard to defending, Indiana let their opponent shoot 48.9% from the floor on 45 out of 92 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 20 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the 76ers totaled 44 rebounds (14 offensive, 30 defensive) and earned 8 blocked shots. Philadelphia ended up going 67.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 21 of 31 tries. They also buried 8 out of their 26 tries from long range.
Malcolm Brogdon is a guy who was a factor in the matchup. He racked up 25 points on 10 of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 37:40 mins and grabbed 5 boards. Brogdon finished 47.6% from the floor and also earned 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in this contest for the Pacers was Domantas Sabonis. He snagged 8 rebounds and had 3 dimes. He shot 47.1% from the field for the game by shooting 8-of-17 (21 points). When all was said and done, Sabonis was on the hardwood for 36:55 min.
Indiana enters this one with a win-loss mark of 11-9 for the year. They are averaging 113.1 points per contest (11th in basketball) while shooting 47.8% from the field. The Pacers are hitting 35.7% on three-point attempts (243 of 680) and 77.1% from the free throw line. As a unit, Indiana is snagging 42.6 boards per game and has tallied 530 dimes on the year, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 14.0 times per game and as a team they commit 21.0 personal fouls per game. When they are on the defensive end, the Pacers are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game while drawing 18.7 personal fouls. They concede 39.1% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 16th in the league in opponents PPG (111.2). The Pacers defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.3% (301 of 374) and they concede 44.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are ranked 16th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 502 surrendered this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Milwaukee Bucks got the victory with a final of 134-106 against the Portland Blazers. The Bucks collected 44 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 53 in the matchup. They stuffed 7 shots while getting 10 steals for the game. The Blazers had 10 personal fouls for this game which took the Bucks to the charity stripe for a total of 12 tries. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 58.3%. With respect to 3-point shots, Milwaukee made 21 of 42 attempts (50.0%). When the final whistle blew, the Bucks ended up shooting 53 out of 96 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 55.2%. The Bucks allowed the Blazers to convert 39 of their 104 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 37.5% in the game. They finished shooting 35.7% from 3-point land by shooting 15 out of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 13 out of 13 from the free throw line (100.0%). Regarding attacking the glass, Milwaukee permitted Portland to pull down 45 in total (14 on the offensive side).
Jrue Holiday pitched in for the Bucks in the game. He knocked down 10 out of 14 for the game for a field goal rate of 71.4%, which gave him 22 points. Holiday pulled down 7 rebounds in his 29:58 mins of playing time and accumulated 6 dimes for this game. Another guy who was a determining factor for Milwaukee was Giannis Antetokounmpo. He totaled 18 points in 25:46 mins played by going 8 out of 11 shooting in the game. Antetokounmpo wrapped this one up going 72.7% from the floor in addition to totaling 6 assists and 4 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a record of 12-8 this season. The Bucks are responsible for committing 18.0 fouls per contest and they hit 72.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 27.0 times per contest (5th in basketball) and they cough up possession 14.4 times per game. Milwaukee has scored 2,410 points for the season (120.5 per game) and they pull in 48.6 rebounds per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Bucks are shooting 49.1% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the league. The Bucks defensively are ranked 20th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 112.4. The Milwaukee defense allows 39.2% on shots from 3-point land (303 of 772) and their opponents are making 77.9% of their foul shots. They concede 24.1 assists and 42.9 total rebounds per game, which ranks 11th and 8th in the league. They are forcing their opponents into 13.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (7th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-8.5)
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