Free NBA Picks Today: Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers 1/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Milwaukee Bucks vs Indiana Pacers 1/16/23
Mon 16th January 2023

The Indiana Pacers (23-21, 8-12 Away) will try to overcome one of the NBA’s top shooting defenses when they are on the road to face the Milwaukee Bucks (27-16, 16-5 Home) on Monday. Indiana was dismantled by the Memphis Grizzlies 130-112 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Saturday, their third loss in a row.

Chris Duarte was a top performer in the losing effort with 25 points. The Pacers are the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee came up short on Saturday at FTX Arena, falling to the Miami Heat 111-95. Bobby Portis had 15 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort, carrying the team.

The Bucks are third in the Eastern Conference.This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams. Milwaukee swept all four games between the teams last season, the last of which was a 128-119 triumph at Fiserv Forum in February 2022, their eighth straight head-to-head victory. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 50 points and 14 rebounds. Buddy Hield had 36 points in the loss.

The Pacers have been led this season by Tyrese Haliburton (20.2 ppg), Hield (18.0), and Bennedict Mathurin (17.3). Haliburton also has dished 10.2 assists per game, most in the league. Meanwhile, Myles Turner is grabbing 7.9 rebounds per game.

Antetokounmpo’s 31.0 points per game have powered the Bucks on offense. He ranks as the third-highest scorer in the league. Antetokounmpo also has posted 11.9 rebounds per game, second-most in the NBA. Jrue Holiday has doled out 7.3 assists per game. The Bucks are holding foes to one of the lowest FG% in the league, ranking third at 45.2%.

The Pacers have struggled at Fiserv Forum, losing each of the eight games. Indiana is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat away from home this season.

Indiana is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.8 (120.3-118.5). Milwaukee has split the last 10 (5-5), allowing 113.4 points per game on average while scoring only 108.9 (-4.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
T.J. McConnell: 20.2 | 13.1 | +7.1
Points per game:
Myles Turner: 23.0 | 17.0 | +6.0
Rebounds per game:
Jalen Smith: 4.3 | 6.1 | -1.8
Assists per game:
T.J. McConnell: 6.2 | 4.5 | +1.7


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Pat Connaughton: 17.4 | 13.0 | +4.4
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 28.3 | 48.3 | -20.0
Points per game:
Giannis Antetokounmpo: 12.7 | 31.0 | -18.3

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Milwaukee Bucks -9.5 (-110)

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