Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks Prediction, 3/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Indiana Pacers vs Milwaukee Bucks
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
TV: Fox Sports Wisconsin
Odds/Point Spread: Indiana (+10)
The Indiana Pacers (18-22) go to Fiserv Forum on Monday where they'll meet the Milwaukee Bucks (27-14). Milwaukee opens this contest as 10-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 232.
The Indiana Pacers stepped onto the hardwood against the Miami Heat and took home the win by a score of 137-110 in their last game. Indiana wrapped up the game with a 58.4% FG percentage (52 out of 89) and knocked down 20 of their 36 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Pacers made 13 of their 19 attempts for a percentage of 68.4%. Concerning rebounding, they earned a total of 47 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 38 dimes for this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. With regard to defense, Indiana allowed the other team to go 44.6% from the floor on 41 of 92 shooting. Miami doled out 22 dimes and had 10 steals for the contest. Furthermore, Miami totaled 36 rebounds (10 offensive, 26 defensive) and earned 9 rejections. Miami shot 95.0% at the free throw line by knocking down 19 of their 20 tries. They converted 9 out of their 34 shots from distance.
Malcolm Brogdon is a player who was a factor in this game. He ended up scoring 27 points on 10 of 12 shooting. He was on the court for 31:50 minutes played and also grabbed 3 rebounds. Brogdon went 83.3% from the field and also distributed 4 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Pacers was Justin Holiday. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 27:28 minutes played on the night. He walked away from this one shooting 66.7% from the field for this contest by connecting on 6-of-9 (17 points). When the final whistle blew, Holiday had 1 assist.
Indiana enters this one with a record of 18-22 for the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.0 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.3 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Indiana is pulling in 41.6 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,073 dimes this season, which ranks 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Pacers are connecting on 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc (491 of 1,343) and 78.4% from the charity stripe. They average 113.2 pts per contest (13th in basketball) while shooting 47.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Pacers are forcing 15.4 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.7 fouls. The Pacers are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.9% (615 of 748) and they relinquish 44.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 19th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,029 relinquished so far this year. They are relinquishing 37.9% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 20th in the league in points per game allowed (112.8).
When they last played, the Milwaukee Bucks walked away with a victory by a final of 120-113 when they played the San Antonio Spurs. The Bucks recorded 43 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 49 for the contest. They also coughed it up 11 times, while earning 5 steals for the game. The Spurs committed 11 personal fouls for the game which got the Bucks to the free throw line for 18 tries. They were able to bury 16 of them for a percentage of 88.9%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Milwaukee made 14 of 38 attempts (36.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Bucks went 45 for 92 from the floor which had them at 48.9%. The Bucks permitted the Spurs to make 46 of 96 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 47.9% for this game. They finished 36.4% from distance by going 12 of 33 and finished the contest at 9 of 10 from the charity stripe (90.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Milwaukee permitted San Antonio to grab 41 in total (5 offensive).
Giannis Antetokounmpo was important for the Bucks in this matchup. He made 9 of 18 for the contest for a rate of 50.0%, and had 8 rebounds. Antetokounmpo totaled 26 points in his 33:40 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 15 assists in the matchup. Another guy that was pivotal for Milwaukee was Khris Middleton. He came away with 3 assists in 36:10 minutes on the court, and he shot 9 out of 16 from the floor. Middleton ended up shooting 56.3% from the field as well as contributing 23 points and 5 rebounds.
Milwaukee has a win-loss mark of 27-14 so far this year. Milwaukee has totaled 4,898 points this season (119.5 per contest) and they average 48.5 boards per contest. The Bucks commit 17.6 fouls per game while shooting 75.1% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Bucks are shooting 48.5% from the floor, which has them ranked 4th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 26.0 times per game (11th in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 13.9 times per game. The Bucks on the defensive side of the court are 19th in the NBA in PPG given up with 112.5. They have surrendered 25.0 assists and 43.5 rebounds every game, which ranks 18th and 12th in basketball. The Milwaukee defense allows 37.4% on 3-point attempts (579 of 1,549) and their opposition makes 78.0% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 13.0 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.4% from the field (7th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Indiana (+10)
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