The INDIANA and the MILWAUKEE will both be gunning for a victory on 10/19/2018 at 8:35 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
INDIANA PACERS vs MILWAUKEE BUCKS
When: 8:30 PM ET, Friday, October 19, 2018
Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TV: 8:35 PM
PREDICTION: MILWAUKEE , INDIANA
Oddsmakers currently have the MILWAUKEE listed as 3.5 point favorites versus the INDIANA, while the game’s total is sitting at 216.5.
The Indiana Pacers opened the season with a convincing victory and look to add another win when they visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Pacers rolled to a 111-83 triumph over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday for the franchise’s largest opening-night winning margin since joining the NBA for the 1976-77 season.
The 28-point victory included an astounding 57-28 rebounding edge and high defensive intensity that limited Memphis to 29.8 percent shooting from the field. “I thought every guy that went out on the floor played hard,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan told reporters. “The intensity didn’t drop off on the defensive end of the floor. I just really liked our effort and our execution, playing the game together.” Milwaukee opened up with a 113-112 victory over the Charlotte Hornets but nearly let a 17-point third-quarter lead get away before escaping in coach Mike Budenholzer’s first game as coach. “Love the way we started the game, loved the way we played a lot in the first half, just got to find a way to do that for 48 minutes,” Budenholzer told reporters.
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET, FS Indiana, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee)
ABOUT THE PACERS (1-0): Veteran guard Tyreke Evans played well in his team debut and contributed 14 points and six assists in 24 minutes off the bench. “He’s trying to see what we want him to do and I’m trying to see how we can use him,” McMillan said after the contest. “It’s going to take some time, but I think he’s a guy who has some versatility, and we’re certainly going to give him the ball and let him create.” Swingman Bojan Bogdanovic had a team-best 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Memphis and he figures to be thrilled to see the Bucks after scoring 29 points against them in a win last March.
ABOUT THE BUCKS (1-0): All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded 25 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists in his season debut but also was careless and committed eight of his team’s 21 turnovers. “We were a little bit sloppy with the ball,” Antetokounmpo told reporters. “When we’re up we tend to play bad basketball, so we’ve got to stay within our principles.” Small forward Khris Middleton (19 points) and guard Eric Bledsoe (17) were solid on the offensive end but Bledsoe was often lost on defense as Charlotte star Kemba Walker poured in 41 points.
1. The Pacers went 3-1 against the Bucks last season.
2. Milwaukee C Brook Lopez scored 14 points in 21 minutes in his team debut.
3. Indiana F TJ Leaf (ankle) was injured in the opener and will sit out Friday.
PREDICTION: Bucks 107, Pacers 104