The Indiana Pacers (33-36) will play host to the third-place Milwaukee Bucks (44-25) as both teams only have three games left in the regular season. The Bucks have already clinched their automatic playoff berth as well as first in the Central Division, and sit comfortably in third place in the Eastern Conference. They’re only 1.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets, so there’s a slight chance they could still jump to second but it’s not looking likely at this point.
The Pacers have clinched their spot in the play-in tournament as they sit in ninth place, but they have a chance to leapfrog over the Charlotte Hornets with a win tonight if the Hornets lose their game to the Clippers. It won’t be an easy task, though, given that the Bucks are in great form recently, going 7-3 in their last 10 while Indiana is 5-5 in that same stretch.
Pick ATS: Bucks -8
While the Pacers are coming off a big win over the Sixers, snapping Philly’s eight-game winning streak, the Bucks are expected to just be too much for the Pacers defense to handle. MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo has been exceptional down this last stretch, logging three double-doubles in his last five games while dropping an impressive 49 points against the Nets earlier this month. Milwaukee can put a full-strength squad out on the court as they don’t have anyone significant listed on their injury report.
The Pacers are still missing several players including Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) and Myles Turner (toe), but they’ll look to Domantas Sabonis to carry much of the workload as he’s been the Pacers’ best player all season long. He’s logged three triple-doubles and six double-doubles throughout his last 10 games as he’s been in fantastic form and could be a problem for Milwaukee’s defense.
That being said, the Bucks shouldn’t have much trouble putting this game to bed with the playoffs looming just around the corner.
Player Prop: Donte DiVincenzo O1.5 three-pointers (-139)
DiVincenzo has shot an average of 42.9 percent from downtown through his last five games, sinking at least three in four of his last five. He’ll only need to hit two to cover this one, so it seems like a pretty safe bet on all counts.
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