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NBA Predictions: Are Pacers smart play vs. Bucks? 3/5/18

Are the Indiana Pacers going to take care of business on their home court tonight when they play the Milwaukee Bucks at 7PM ET?

703 Milwaukee Bucks at 704 Indiana Pacers, 7PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Pacers are listed as a 2.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 209.5 points.

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LINE MOVEMENT

The spread opened with Indiana as a 2.5-point favorite, while the total has risen from 207 points. The spread is at -2.5 almost everywhere but can be found at -3 if you look hard enough. The total is at 209.5 at most places, but is as low as 208 at some books.

PUBLIC BETTING

As of Monday afternoon, 58 percent of public bets are being placed on the Pacers. Online wager info also shows that 61 percent of bets are coming in on the over.

INJURY TO WATCH

Matthew Dellavadova is out indefinitely with a sprained ankle and there is no timetable for his return. Malcolm Brogdon is out until late March with a partially torn left quadriceps. For the Pacers, Darren Collison has been out after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery and is questionable to return tonight.

BETTING STRATEGY

Indiana has won the last two meetings straight up and ATS, while the season series sits at 2-1 in the Pacers' favor straight up and ATS. I like Indiana again here as the Bucks have struggled on the road with a 14-16 straight up record and were struggling in general until last night when they claimed a 118-110 home victory over the 76ers. With this being a back-to-back, I doubt Milwaukee can bring the same energy. Indiana also played yesterday as it won 98-95 at the Wizards. I just feel being back in their home arena will lift the Pacers that much more tonight. The spread is small enough here, so take the hosts.

 

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: INDIANA PACERS -2.5

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