Milwaukee Bucks withstood injuries

Milwaukee Bucks withstood injuries

Milwaukee Bucks lock horns with the Indiana Pacers, seeking to extend their hot run in the NBA, despite their injuries. Currently, the Bucks is the only team who is secured of a playoff berth, which is not surprising at all. They sealed a spot in the playoffs, following their victory against the Phoenix Suns. As for the Pacers, they are also in a good momentum coming into this game. They won two of their last three games, which gives them the confidence to go against a scorching hot, Bucks. However, they need more wins as they are still hopeful for a spot in the play-in in the East. The Bucks return at home as they host the Pacers on March 17, 2023, at 8:00 AM (GMT+8).

These two teams are both in the Eastern Conference, but are very far from each other, as the visitors are 12 places behind the hosts. The hosts already secured a spot in the playoffs, and are currently at the top of the East. They are with 50 wins from their 69 matches, and are currently in a two-game winning run. Moreover, 28 from those 50 wins are all coming from home. On the other hand, the visitors are at the 12th of the league table with 31 wins from their 69 matches. From those 69 matches, they won 12 on the road from their 22 games away from home. Although they are not in the top 10 of the East, they remain hopeful for a chance to play in the play-in.

Milwaukee Bucks

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks
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Following the strong start of the Bucks, they are now sitting at the top of their standings, and are now the only team secured of a spot in the playoffs. They won two of their last three matches on the road before returning at home. All in all, in their last 23 matches in the league, they won 21 of those 23 games. Their 116-104 victory against the Suns helped them to clinch their spot in the playoffs. As expected, it was Giannis Antetokounmpo who led his squad with 36 points. They have a great confidence coming into this game, because aside from the first team in the playoffs, they are also the only team with 50 wins. When it comes to shooting beyond the arc, they are fairly impressive, shooting 36.7%. However, they failed to be as impressive in the free-throw line, shooting only 74.3%. Offensively, they are at the ninth with 116.1 points per game, and the sixth in defense allowing 112 points per game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday leads the Bucks with 31.5 and 19.4 points per game respectively. They have key injuries coming into this match, but they are lucky that they were able to still sit atop of the standings. Crowder, and Lopez are both listed questionable, but Dragic and Allen are still out.

Indiana Pacers

NBA: Indiana Pacers
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The Pacers on the other hand is running through time as they are still aiming for a spot in the play-in match. They are still aiming for a push in the playoffs, despite being at the 12th of the standings. Pacers are trailing the Wizards by one game in the final playoff spot, and their loss against the Pistons did not helped them. They are still having a hard time trying to keep a pace in their campaign to stand a chance. The Pistons dominated them inside the paint, which is why they lost to that match. When it comes to the three point line, the Pacers are shooting over 36.3%, a fairly impressive record. In the free-throw line, they are actually doing well, shooting 79.2%, which could work at their advantage. Offensively, the Pacers are at the 12th with 115.5 points per game, but are 26th in defense giving up 117.9 points per game.

Tyrese Haliburton, and Myles Turner leads the Pacers with 20.8 and 18 points per games respectively. However, they are both listed a doubt in this game, with McConnell, and Hield. Chris Duarte, Bennedict Mathurin, and Kendall Brown on the other hand are all unavailable in this game.


Milwaukee Bucks
Total Under: 110.5
Odds: 0.83

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