NBA Betting — Can Pacers Carry Heavy Number Against Bucks on Thursday?

The Indiana Pacers are feeling the heat, and how. As they try to hold on to their spot as the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Pacers will plunge into action on Thursday night when they play host to the Milwaukee Bucks in NBA betting action that is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 PM ET at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Pacers have a record of 43-13 straight up, which is good enough for the top spot in the East, which is exactly where they wanted to be when they started things out in training camp. But they are only two games ahead of the Miami Heat, which means there is very little margin for error as they come down the stretch. Indiana’s record against the basketball pointspread has been outstanding, at 33-22-1.

The Bucks are one of those franchises that always seems to be waiting till next year. Milwaukee could have a long rebuilding process, however, as they currently have the worst record in the NBA, at 11-45 straight up. They have not been a profitable team against the basketball odds either, checking in with the ledger of 23-33.

In the NBA betting lines that have been posted at BetDSI on this ballgame, Indiana is, of course, laying a very big number:

Indiana Pacers -15.5
Milwaukee Bucks +15.5

Over 197.5 points -110
Under 197.5 points -110

Indiana’s mission all year, as we mentioned, is to have home court throughout at least the conference playoffs. And the way they have played at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse, you can see exactly why, as they have compiled a record of 27-3 straight up in that environment. That would be a heck of a lot for Miami to overcome, aside from the fact that Indiana just seems to be able to muscle the Heat around.

The Pacers have also been very successful getting the money at home, with a 19-10-1 record against the basketball betting odds. Lately, however, they have not seemed like such a sure wager, going 3-4-1 in that regard over their last eight home games.

One of the key acquisitions Indiana made before the NBA trade deadline was to pick up Evan Turner from the Philadelphia 76ers. Turner has played one game with the Pacers, and logged 26 minutes with 13 points in Tuesday’s 118-98 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. A lot of people are under the impression that Indiana is a very deep team, and in some ways, that might be the case. However, they have only averaged 26 points a game from their reserves, so Turner is going to be a big help with regard to bringing offense off the bench. And as BetDSI customers who bet pro basketball are well aware, that is one of the key components for any team that aspires to win a world championship.

These teams played just five nights ago, with Indiana going up to the Bradley Center and taking a 110-100 decision, which was a solid effort, highlighted by a combined 62 points from Paul George and David West, but one where they did not cover the 12-point impost in the NBA betting lines. The Pacers were much more dominant in a November 15 meeting back in Indianapolis, as they held the Bucks to 34% shooting in a 104-77 romp.

BetDSI patrons should take note, however, that Milwaukee has been playing better, if the pointspread is any barometer (and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be). The Bucks have, in fact, covered eight of their last ten games, so they have been doing better than oddsmakers have expected them to. And they shot 57% in their last game, albeit against the dreadful Sixers. They are only 5-22 straight-up on the road, but Indiana is on a run where it has gone 5-11 against the basketball odds, so covering this premium price is not automatic by any means.

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